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MMIWG - Red Dress Day May 5, 2019

posted by The Princess Shop    |   May 5, 2019 10:48

Today, May 5th, is a day to recognize and honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls across our nation. It is Red Dress Day.

At the 12th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses presented by K+S Potash Canada on April 10, 2019, not only did we celebrate our success and positive impact on the community, but we took the opportunity to address this national tragedy. 

For the past number of years, we have hung chandeliers of dresses donated by generous community members as a unique way to provide aesthetic and appeal to the room. This is something no other organization can accomplish with such meaning, as each dress is indeed #morethanadress.

This year, our Executive Director Karen Robson wanted to use that room centerpiece to bring attention to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, due to the connection The Princess Shop has with Indigenous populations beyond providing our programs and services on Treaty 6 Territory. So we hung a red dress in the center of the chandelier that hung over the stage in the middle of the room.

During her speech, Karen took a moment and a deep breath to deliver this message:

“This red dress is to honour the women and girls who do not get to reach the milestone of graduation, celebrate their accomplishments, and continue to pursue success due to systemic violence and the national tragedy of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. 

This is important to us because over the past decade, 74% of our Princess Graduates have self-identified as Indigenous and have represented 57 First Nations Communities in Saskatchewan. Knowing this, we ask you to give your attention to the challenges that Indigenous women and youth face – there are many. 

The mandate of the national inquiry also highlights the interconnectedness of all forms of violence and trauma Indigenous women and girls suffer from at an alarmingly high rate. According to several advocates, there are over 4,000 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. That is too many families that don’t get to celebrate the accomplishments of their daughters, sisters, and mothers.

At The Princess Shop, we know that addressing these systemic issues includes us and is much bigger than us. Our work, as you will see here tonight, continues to positively impact indigenous women and students on graduation day and beyond.”

The national inquiry is set to conclude on June 30, 2019, but this is just the beginning. The stories will still need to be shared, and advocacy and action to improve systems to provide inclusivity but also respect culture will require continued support. 

At The Princess Shop, we encourage our community to learn about these issues, and be a voice to support organizations and individuals. Here are a few websites to start:

National Inqiuiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Native Women's Association of Canada

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

The REDress Project by Jaime Black

 

 

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My Year Volunteering at The Princess Shop

posted by The Princess Shop    |   December 29, 2018 10:32

Written by Heidi Anderson

I am very grateful for the volunteer position that I was given the opportunity to have over the past year at The Princess Shop. 

In December 2017, I was looking for a consistent volunteer commitment that I could take on that would be of a benefit to my community.  When I first heard about The Princess Shop I was interested in the idea that they are helping women in need and being apart of reducing and reusing grad dresses. Reducing and reusing are two concepts that I try and follow in my personal life. I love art and expression, but I feel like we live in an overly commercialized culture filled with so much stuff.  On further inspection I learned about the rest of the programs – it is so much more than a dress. If a graduate uses The Dress Program they gain access to other programs and attendance at the main events. There is The Dress Program, The Next Chapter Program and The Fairy Godmother Program. The full name of The Princess Shop is The Princess Shop Mentorship and Female Youth Development Inc. The Princess Shop mission is to create an enhanced graduation experience for female-identified students in need, and provide them with mentorship, support, and the tools to pursue success after graduation. 

My first meeting was overwhelming, and it took awhile to understand everything that The Princess Shop does, what was expected of me, and how the organization is run.  It takes a lot for this organization to run effectively. Thankfully, the rest of the volunteers and Karen Robson the executive director were patient and understanding. They were also able to adapt with me as I went through some life changes like a work scheduling change. I felt supported by these women and that they wanted what was best for me. This was a refreshing change as in many avenues in my life I have felt a sense of rivalry from my female peers.  I felt as if my volunteer contributions were appreciated! As women we should be all be trying to encourage one another and build each other’s self esteem. Empowered women empower women.

I took on the position of the Fairy Godmother Program Coordinator. I felt this was the right fit for me as I have an interest in and a background in education.  The Fairy Godmother Program is a mentorship program and it was sponsored by TD. An interested princess graduate is partnered up with a woman in the community that wants to be a mentor to a princess graduate. All the participants were interviewed and matched into pairs. These women keep in touch throughout each month. They are also expected to attend monthly activities that are put on from September to March. This season we have had a lawn games activity, a pumpkin painting activity, a skin care workshop with local business Green Tree Beauty, and a holiday party so far.

 

It was great to see the connections made!  Mentorship is a learning opportunity for the mentee and the mentor. Even though attendance was a struggle at times for the participants, it didn’t take away from the value of the program. It was clear that it was making a difference for the people who were apart of it. Having the program as an option available for those that want to utilize it, is a value in and of its self. Having someone that supports you and is your cheer leader in life is so important for your personal growth. Imagine never having that and then getting the opportunity to have that!  I love that each season past matches can continue to be apart of the program. My wish for the Fairy Godmother Program is that it grows. If you want to be a role model in a princess graduate’s life, please apply to be a Fairy Godmother as The Princess Shop will be seeking new fairy godmothers to join the program next season. 

The Dress Program

Being at dress choosing appointments, it is interesting to see all the sorts of people that use The Dress Program and what their style preferences are. The participants are encouraged to choose something that interests them. At The Princess Shop there is so many styles of dresses, shoes and accessories to choose from and you are encouraged to be you. I really liked complimenting the ladies when they found a dress and seeing how appreciative they were for the experience. My favorite comment from a graduate when choosing a dress and accessories was, “I feel like Beyonce.” 

 Graduation Days

On the graduation day it is a very busy and exciting time! The graduates can have their hair and makeup done and get professional photos taken.  Seeing the graduates light up is very rewarding for all involved. My favorite moment on a grad day was watching an elderly lady who was about to graduate and she brought her son with her.  She explained that over the years she wasn’t often able to make herself a priority and was very nervous for graduation. As she was done up and went to pictures, you could see the confidence in herself build. 

The Perfectly Pink Appreciation BBQ

The BBQ is a great time to gather with all the princess shop participants, their families and supporting community members. We had such a great turn out this year and almost all the food was eaten! There was even a bouncy castle for the children.  During the BBQ the recipients of the scholarships from the next chapter program were announced! This BBQ has been sponsored by a Fairy Godmother Kari Calder of Kari Calder Realty for a very long time which provides the opportunity for Princess Graduates and their families to attend at no cost.

The Next Chapter Program

The Next Chapter Program is The Princess Shop’s scholarship program. What I really appreciate about the Next Chapter Program is that it doesn’t matter how many years ago you utilized the dress program, you are still able to apply for the scholarships! If The Princess Shop exists, a past Dress Program participant is able to apply to those scholarships. There are so many great scholarship opportunities and learning workshops offered through the program. At the Glass Slipper Benefit this year a scholarship opportunity was bid on and $9,300 was raised! 

The Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses presented by K+S Potash Canada

The Glass Slipper Benefit is the largest fundraiser event put on by The Princess Shop. Lots of work is put into this event and planning begins very early on every year. Sponsors and silent auction items are gathered from all around our community. It is very inspiring listening to the speeches given at the gala by past princess graduates explaining how the princess shop has impacted their life.  

If you are interested in going to the Glass Slipper Benefit, it is best to get your ticket early as it saves you money.

There are many fundraising events that are put on all year round by The Princess Shop like the upcoming cupcake contest held on January 29th of this year during the Nutrien WinterShines Festival. The Cupcake Contest is where bakers compete by creating a cupcake modeled off a dress from The Princess Shop and guests get to judge and decide what cupcake was their favorite. It’s only $10 to attend and sample all of the cupcakes.  The Princess Shop is always interested in different creative fundraising ideas, so they can continue to have the funds to run. 

Unfortunately, I cannot continue as the Fairy Godmother Coordinator as I will be moving out of the city and have travel plans in 2019. I will however continue to show support in the ways that I can. The Princess Shop is always seeking help in many ways from small to large commitments. Please reach out and contact them if you want to contribute in any way. 

I am approaching ten years since I graduated high school. At that time, I really did not see that much significance on the day of graduation. I viewed it in many ways just like any other day and that graduating high school wasn’t that big of a deal. As I have lived my life for the past ten years and reflected, I have seen the value in celebrating positive moments and successes in life. Life is simply too short not to celebrate.  

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Our 10th Graduation Season a Success!

posted by The Princess Shop    |   August 15, 2017 11:30

"Thank you so much to everyone that helped me make this day truly special for me. When I first found out about the princess shop I never knew it was this amazing ! It was truly a day I will NEVER forget. I felt like a princess for sure and I got so many compliments on my make up hair and especially my gorgeous dress ! Thank you thank you thaaaaank you!" -Dacy, 2017 Princess Graduate

This June, we completed our 10th graduation season providing the Dress Program to 134 female-identified students graduating from school programs from 10 different communities across Saskatchewan.

Since the first graduation season in 2008, we have directly impacted the lives of 890 women on their graduation day! Some of these Princess Graduates have continued with our programs for mentorship (Fairy Godmother Program) and scholarships and skill development workshops (Next Chapter Program). 

We would like to express our sincere thanks to our sponsors for supporting our 10th graduation season:

Diamond Sponsor Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon

Emerald Sponsor Federated Co-operatives Ltd.

Ruby Sponsor Wright Construction Western Inc.

Friends: SIGA, Centennial 360, EY

 

 

Sponsor a Princess Graduate: Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation

Since 2010, we have had 65 mentorship matches in the Fairy Godmother Program! Some of these matches that are in the program today have continued from as far back as 2010.

Through the Next Chapter Program, we have been able to award over $150,000 in scholarships and bursaries, thanks to the amazing sponsors we have had contributing to this program. 

Most of our graduates are grade 12 students, however we honour requests from Grade 8s and post-secondary institutions. Our goal is to ensure that all female-identified students can attend their graduation ceremony and celebration stress-free, and then continue to pursue success in the next chapter!

It is more than a dress – everyone deserves the opportunity to recognize their accomplishments and participate fully in their graduation celebration. If you know anyone who would benefit from knowing about The Princess Shop (teacher, student or general supporter), please send them a link to our website!

Photography by: Wanda Keen Photography

Hair by: MC College

Makeup by: Spa Academy

Corsages: Blossoms Living

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7 Reasons Why You Should Visit The Karma Cafe in Saskatoon

posted by The Princess Shop    |   April 19, 2017 14:52

 

1. 3% of your purchase will be donated to a local nonprofit/charity. The Princess Shop is the lucky and grateful beneficiary February-July 2017. This speaks to their name, The Karma Café – Conscious Café & Eatery. This local business was built upon the philosophy that it goes beyond serving the community delicious food, to giving back to the community.

2. The owners are the nicest people you’ll ever meet. This attitude is also reflected in the staff which is always welcoming and helpful.

3. Their Bulletproof Chai Latte. If you haven’t tried it, what are you waiting for? It is great iced or hot, and has the perfect balance of Black Chai Tea, Grass fed Butter, Coconut Oil, Raw Honey, Dash of cream, Ginger, Cinnamon, and Turmeric. This among their other amazing teas, lattes and hot smoothies… so delicious!

4. Located in beautiful downtown Saskatoon. Located at 157 2nd Ave North, this spot is super accessible by all modes of transportation, and they have a cute sidewalk patio!

5. The décor is both cozy and bright. It makes you want to bring your favorite book or journal, friend for a catch-up, or a date – it appeals to all!

6. The Nighttime Menu launches tonight (April 20) and it is full of amaaaaaaaazing food and cocktails. Our Executive Director, Karen, received a special invite to the preview tasting and can’t stop thinking about the Dim Sums, Samosa Flautas, or the Key Lime Beergarita. The Nighttime Menu be offered Thursday-Saturdays 6pm-10pm.

7. So many other reasons… Including the fact they hosted our Fairy Godmother Program mentorship group after hours for two nights in March, they attended our Glass Slipper Benefit, and they are planning a fundraiser (stay tuned)!

In closing, local businesses like The Karma Café are so important to support as they are built to better the community through experience and giving back. Please plan your next trip to The Karma Café soon!

Pretty Little Shoes Gives Back to The Princess Shop

posted by The Princess Shop    |   August 23, 2016 19:32

 

 

 

Pretty Little Shoes creates an at-home shoe shopping experience while giving back to local women’s charities such as The Princess Shop! Pretty Little Shoes is an e-commerce initiative founded in January 2016 by Baillie Janex with majority of sales being online or through home Shoe Parties. Baillie is passionate about giving back to the community and that’s how Pretty Little Shoes became involved with The Princess Shop! For every 150 pairs of shoes sold through Pretty Little Shoes home parties a brand new pair of shoes will be donated to The Princess Shop to be used by Princess Graduates participating in The Dress Program

 

We have asked Baillie a few questions about Pretty Little Shoes and her involvement with The Princess Shop:

  

Q1: Tell us about Pretty Little Shoes

 

Pretty Little Shoes is a home and ecommerce based shoe company located in Saskatoon. The bread and butter of Pretty Little Shoes is the in-home shoe party.

 

Shoe parties are so much fun - we bring a selection of shoes for you and your girlfriends to try on, purchase, and take home the day of the party. What better way to spend an afternoon/ evening then trying on shoes with your girlfriends?! In addition, we also offer one-on-one shoe shopping appointments, shopping via our online store, and we also have Facebook and Instagram so our customers can stay in the know about all things Pretty Little Shoes.

 

Currently we carry ladies shoes from size 5-11, but also carry a small selection of little girl shoes. We offer a wide variety of shoe styles (boots, heels, flats, sandals, booties), and carry a wide array of brands.

 

Q2: Tell us about yourself! Why did you wish to be involved with The Princess Shop?

 

I am an entrepreneur, student, runner, friend, and volunteer. I love the flexibility that my business allows me to have. Each day is a different schedule and brings something new - which is good because it keeps me on my toes. :)

 

When I first started Pretty Little Shoes, it was a priority of mine to find a local organization that we would be able to give back to. I know a couple ladies who are Fairy GodMothers with The Princess Shop and they have expressed how much they love their roles, so The Princess Shop was an obvious choice. Not only is it wonderful that they provide graduation attire for the Princesses, but offering mentoring to these young ladies is very encouraging.

  

Q3: How does The Princess Shop benefit from your involvement?

 

I'm very excited to be involved with The Princess Shop! Every woman deserves to have a day that they get to dress up and feel gorgeous and if we can help by providing a pair of shoes, then I am so happy to be involved. Pretty Little Shoes is excited to donate one pair of shoes to The Princess Shop for every 150 pairs of shoes that we sell. We also gladly accept donations from our customers/ hostesses that we pass on to The Princess Shop.

 

Q4: What was your graduation experience like? Your dress?

 

To be honest, I wasn't overly excited about graduation and the dress up experience. I used to say I was going to wear a brown paper bag to my graduation. But when I went dress shopping and found a dress that actually looked good on my tiny frame, I got so excited! It was a gorgeous strapless, navy blue dress with ruching.

 

Graduation was always something that scared me a little - fear of the day, fear of what would lie ahead, and saying good-bye to many friends who I had become so close to. But my graduation day was close to perfection. I have so many fond memories of that day, whether it be the ceremony, getting dressed up, or spending the day with my friends.

 

Q5: If you could give Princess Graduates a word of advice, what would it be?

 

If I could give a word of advice to Princess Graduates it's this - Work hard. Dream big. Have faith. Don't settle. Success isn't just handed to you - you have to work for it. Surround yourself with people who inspire you, lift you up, encourage you, and love you just the way you are.

 

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Good things can happen if you stay within your comfort zone but great things happen if you step out and see what else is out there.

 

The Princess Shop is grateful for local initiatives that can give back to our Princess Graduates in unique ways! You can find Pretty Little Shoes online, to shop or book a home party, at www.prettylittleshoesonline.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PrettyLittleShoes. You can also find them on Instagram @pretty.little.shoes and using the hashtag #PLShoes. Check it out for back to school shopping and you will also be contributing to a good cause, The Princess Shop!

Summer Vacation - The Princess Shop will be closed July 19-25

posted by The Princess Shop    |   July 18, 2016 11:17

With another successful graduation season wrapped up having served 127 Princess Graduates from 11 communities across Saskatchewan on their special day, we are ready to take a much needed holiday! 

We are so excited to begin the 10th year of The Princess Shop's operations! In the meantime, we're going to relax in the sunshine, and enjoy a few days off and have some quality time with loved ones. That is what summer is all about, right?

The Princess Shop will be closed Tuesday, July 19 through Monday, July 25, to resume office hours on Tuesday, July 26 at 9am. If you have a dress donation to make during this time, our donation drop off locations have you covered!

Stonebridge Drop-Off: Modern Sole Saskatoon 150 - 3020 Preston Ave S

Summer Hours: TUES 10am-6pm; WED/THUR 10am-7pm; FRI 10am-6pm; SAT: 10am-3pm
Please note, Modern Sole Saskatoon is closed Sundays and Mondays during the summer.

Kelsey Woodlawn Drop-Off: Exquisite Fashions & Bridal 1202B Quebec Ave (& 33rd St W.) 

Summer Hours: TUES/WED/THUR 11am-6pm; FRI 11am-5pm; SAT 10am-5pm

Lawson Heights/North Drop-Off: Pizza Hut 8-202 Primrose Dr

Hours: 1:30pm-4:30pm and 7:30pm-9:30pm, 7 days/week

 

We accept donations of current-style formal gowns, shoes, and accessories!


HAPPY SUMMER, and thank you so much for all of the support! 

Love, 

The Princess Shop Team 

The Princess Shop in Saskatoon Giving Gratitude for Amazing 2016 Sponsor List

posted by The Princess Shop    |   April 8, 2016 08:20

The Princess Shop is a Saskatoon non-profit that has an outstanding impact on the community. Now in the 9th year of hosting the Glass Slipper Benefit, The Princess Shop has reached 628 graduates across the province (and counting)! The Glass Slipper Benefit is our biggest fundraiser, and one of the most important nights of the year for our program. This is just one of the reasons why we have such gratitude for our amazing list of sponsors. Without the help of these sponsors, this evening wouldn't be possible. Without further ado, we'd like to take a minute to thank the following: 

 

 

To our title sponsor, K + S Potash Canada, to our dinner sponsor KPMG, to our supporting sponsors, McFaull ConsultingStrata Development CorporationExquisite Fashions and Bridal, and our Spiritwood Sponsors (Papa Rene's PizzeriaSpiritwood High School, Northern Lakes Economic Development Corp.)

Our event wouldn't have the same impact without the generous donations from organizations like this in our community. We are proud to be located in Saskatoon where the people are as kind as they are generous. Thank you to these sponsors for making a difference to The Princess Shop, and to so many young women in Saskatchewan who are able to participate in graduation because of it.

Special thanks to Kevin Stanfield of Global Saskatoon for emceeing the evening and bringing his witty charm! Mo' Love put on a lively performance at the end of the evening, and our Keynote speaker, Kara, spoke beautifully about her experiences and challenges finishing high school through anxiety and depression. Kara's message spoke to everyone, and stated that it should not matter what your path is, or how long it takes, that in the end, your accomplishments are your own and it is important to recognize that. In addition, your path makes you stronger and more resilient to go after your next dream!

The Princess Shop would like to extend a heartfelt thank you and appreciation to all of the following sponsors for their generous support of the 9th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses: 

Promotional Sponsor - Rawlco Radio: C95, News Talk 650 CKOM, Rock 102 FM
Auctioneer - Stan Garchinksi
Audio Visual Support - Inland AV
Decor Sponsor - Off the Wall Event Design
DJ - Conrad Devine
Entertainment - Mo' Love
Dessert - Cakes by Kait
Floral Centrepieces - Blossoms Living
Graphic Design and Printing of Promotional Materials - Rachael Meckling and Rayacom Saskatoon
Photography - Sharai Siemens Photography and Wanda Keen
Table Favours - Three Farmers and Shoppers Drugmart
VIP Area - Fresh Living and International Furnirture Wholesalers
Venue - TCU Place Saskatoon

The Princess Shop would like to extend a heartfelt thank you and appreciation to all of the following sponsors for their generous support of the 9th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses: 

Absolute Esthetics
AED Advantage
Airline Hotels
Alchemy
Apex Trampoline Park
Bella Sante MD Cosmetic & Laser Clinic
Beverly Ashdown Nail Studio
Blossoms Living
Blue Mountain Outdoor Adventure Center
Body Sense Esthetics
Bon Temps Cafe
Build-A-Bear
Cactus Club Cafe
Cakes by Kait
Calista Cooper - Artist
Captain's Den Tobacconist
Cathy Mumford Pottery
Champagne Bridal
Chatters (Preston Crossing)
Checks 'N' Balances Business Services
Conrad Devine DJ & Production
Con-Tech General Contractors
Cora Breakfast and Lunch
Dakota Dunes Golf Links
DancEgypt Dance Company
DavidsTea
Display Systems International
Dragon's Den Games
Drift Cafe and Vista Lounge
Dutch Growers
EB's Source for Adventure
E-clips Hair Studio
elizabeth.lyn Jewelry
Elwood Flynn
ESP Salon Sales
Etceteras
Exquisite Fashions & Bridal
Fitness Focus
Float YXE
Fonos Cakes
Fresh Living
FYi Doctors
Garchinski, Stan
Glitch Gifts and Novelties
Globe Theatre
Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce
Gregg Bamford REMAX
Harvest Meats
Hats and That
Hawood Inn
Heritage Inn
Hillberg & Berk
HiTech Game Traders
Hub City Display
Hugo Alvarado
Hygeia Health Market
Impact Marketing
Infinity Management
Inland Audio Visual
International Furniture Wholesalers
Jaclyn St. Denis - MONAT Independent Market Partner
Jan Lake Lodge
Jubilee Ford - Rob Wilson
K+S Potash Canada
Karie Kazakoff
Kelly Block
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Kevin Stanfield
KPMG
KR Jewelry
Lauren Ethridge - Artist
Le Lash Boutique
Lead Pilates
Lift Accounting
Limelight Limos
Lucky Bastard Distillary
M & M Meats
Malaika Charbonneau- Artist
Market Mall
Mar's Mini Golf
Martine Sansoucy
Mary Kay Cosmetics
McFaull Consulting
Merle Norman Cosmetics (scotia center)
Midtown Plaza
Mo' Love
Modern Sole
Moshka Yoga
Motion Fitness
Move N' Soar
Nails by Aleisha
Ness Creek Recreational Society
New Balance Saskatoon
NextGen Automotive Installation
North Ridge Development Corporation
Northern Lakes Economic Development Corp.
Nosh Eatery & Tap
Novakoski, Shelley
O'Brians Event Centre
Off the Wall Event Design
One Yoga
Papa Rene's Pizzeria
Persephone Theatre
Poppie and Prairie Spa
Prairieland Park (Gardenscape Event)
Praxis School of Business
Pretty Little Shoes
proACTIVE Fitness
Rachael Meckling
Rawlco – C95, Rock 102 & News Talk 650 CKOM
Rayacom Printing
Revamp Salon Spa
Riverbend Dental
Riviera Motor Inn
Roxy Theatre (Magic Lantern Theatres)
RYDE YXE Cycle Studio
Salon Centre
Saskatchewan Rush Lacrosse
Saskatoon Business Furnishings
Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce
Saskatoon Loves Pilates
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
SaskPower
SaskTel
SaskTel Centre
Scoles Fine Arts & Framing
Shakespeare On the Saskatchewan
Sharai Siemens Photography
Shearwater Cruises Ltd
Sheraton Cavalier
Shoppers Drugmart (University Heights)
Skydive Saskatoon
Snap Fitness
Solar Gardens
Soul Paper
Spiritwood High School
Stella and Sway
Strata Development Corp
Summit Sports + Health
Tara Yolan Productions
TCU Place
The Awl Shoppe
The Better Good
The Burning Beard
The Flower Box  & Event Planning
The giggle factory
The Granary
The Great Canadian Bagel
The Ivy
The Sandbox in the City
The Tunnels of Moose Jaw
Three Farmers
Tonic
Tony Roma's
Trail Appliances
Tryst Boutique
Twigs and Squirrels
Two Fifty Two Boutique
U of S Bookstore
Valeric Studios Inc.
Visions Salon & Spa
Wanda Keen
WestJet
Wyant Group Raceway
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From our community of volunteers and Princesses past, present, and future..... from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU. Our community thrives because of your generosity.

 


Much Love, 
The Princess Shop 

Best Cupcake in Saskatoon goes to...

posted by The Princess Shop    |   January 28, 2016 09:43

When we were first contacted about being a part of Wintershines in 2016 we were as excited as we were overwhelmed with ideas. As a Saskatoon non-profit, we take any opportunities we can to be involved in the community. We knew that being part of Potashcorp's Wintershines was the perfect opportunity to spread information about our program, while giving the community a place to gather, and to share some sweet treats on a cold winter day. 

After learning that there weren't any other cupcake competitions locally, we knew that we had a great opportunity to bring the community together to name BEST CUPCAKE in SASKATOON! We got to work reaching out to local cake masters and bakeries, and were so grateful for the reception we had! Our event was as huge success, and we owe that to each of our local contestants. Without further ado, a huge thank you to The Park Town Hotel, Cakes by Britney, Griffin Takeaway, Baby K Cupcakes and Cakes, The Cupcake Conspiracy, and our very own Princess Shop entry. 

Each of our bakers and bakeries chose a gown from the Princess Shop to model their cupcake design after. The results were OUTSTANDING!

The Park Town Hotel's delicious vanilla cupcakes were served upside down, a design inspired by their gorgeous mermaid style grad dress. It was topped with orange creamsicle icing, and handmade black licorice pearls that perfectly emulated the taste of tiger tiger icecream.



Griffin Takeaway had the most articulate icing design. They designed a chocolatey rose on top of each cupcake that went perfectly with their stunning dark red and rose coloured gown.

Baby K Cupcakes and Cakes created a perfect swirl of vanilla and strawberry. From the most moist cupcake to the swirled icing, strawberry shortcake herself would be jealous of this one! 

The Cupcake Conspiracy absolutely nailed their take on a classic chocolate cupcake, and upped the anti from there with the most outstanding colour combination of the evening. Buttercream in flavour, but multicoloured rainbows and sparkles in appearance. It was as tantilizing to the eyes as it was to the tastebuds.



Our very own Princess Shop baker who also doubles as our Live Auction Coordinator, Miss Whitney, lead our team in the design of a beautiful and tasty raspberry rose cupcake.  

And last but certainly not least, our 'Dress It Up Cupcake Contest' WINNER is the lovely Cakes by Britney! Britney put a new spin on an old favourite. This delicious carrot cake was also infused with coconut and pineapple, topped with signature ice blue buttercream frosting and crowned with silver sparkles and jewels. It was as tasty as it was beautiful! CONGRATULATIONS BRITNEY AND TEAM!

 

Other thank yous to the businesses who donated door prizes: The Industrial Kitchen & BarKR Jewelry, Joy Tesch Stylist at Visions Salon & Spa !

A special thank you to Kevin Stanfield of Global Saskatoon for emceeing the event and announcing our winner!

To Mandy Pravda , Kim Ali, and Jeff Culbert for putting on such a fantastic winter festival and bringing the community together! Thank you to PotashCorp for funding an important community event: Wintershines!

To each of our The Princess Shop volunteers who helped bake, organize, setup and takedown the event.

And lastly, but surely not least, to each of YOU in the community who came to sample, vote, and enjoy an evening of sweets for such a great cause. You are helping us bring graduation, scholarship, and mentorship experiences to more Saskatchewan women than ever before. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! All of !the proceeds from the event were given back to the Princess Shop!

Our next major event is our 9th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit on April 7, 2016. Join us for an evening of good fun, good food, and giving back to the community. We'd love to see you there!

All love,

The Princess Shop Team 

A Warm Welcome to our New Graphic Designer- Rachael Meckling

posted by The Princess Shop    |   September 16, 2015 17:34

A Warm Welcome to our New Graphic Designer- Rachael Meckling

The Princess Shop is excited to welcome our new Graphic Designer, Rachael Meckling. Rachael grew up in Saskatoon but moved to Ontario in her high school years. She attended Ryerson University for fashion communications and graphic design. What makes her unique in her work is that she is an illustrator AND a graphic designer which means she can really make designs exceptional and we are excited and grateful to have her on our team! She did an internship at Flare Magazine and had her illustration and graphic design featured in a June issue in 2010 and she even was known as Flare’s resident artiste and was featured in an August 2010 feature about Flare’s “Young Bright Things.” Below are some questions we asked Rachael:

What got you interested in Graphic Design in the first place? 

Ryerson. The introduction to Adobe InDesign changed my life. And when I realized I could make my own hand drawn letters into fonts. That was a big win.

Why do you want to work with The Princess Shop?

Because mentoring and investing in the well-being of girls is essential to their confidence and sense of self-worth. Girl Power. 

What project are you most excited about with The Princess Shop?

Drawing the new "Glass Slipper". Very excited to make the invites for the 2016 Glass Slipper Gala as well. I hope my work increases the guest list! 

What was your high school graduation like? Describe your dress.

A 1940's style dress from Toronto my aunt bought me for $100. It was made from a dusty mauve chiffon with two silk ribbons that wrapped around my waist and tied in the back. It made me feel like a woman. I'd wear it again. 

What is your favorite colour?

 Pink. I love all the corals and peaches and bubble gums and magentas. I love that oranges and blues can be made sweeter with pink.

 

We are so excited to have Rachael on our team and are looking forward to an amazing time with her! Thank you so much to Rachael for her willingness to volunteer her time and talent J

A Heartfelt Thank You...

posted by The Princess Shop    |   April 13, 2015 23:55

The Princess Shop would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all our supporters who made the 8th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses the success that it was! We would like to thank our title sponsor- K+S Potash Canada, Dinner Sponsor- KPMG, Entertainment Sponsor- Saskatchewan Blue Cross,  and Supporting Sponsors  - Areva Resources Canada, MNP, Strata Development Corporation and Spencer Chilliak of Barry Chilliak Realty Inc.   We would also like to thank Three Farmers and Tu-Bees for providing table favours, our Dessert Sponsor- Cupcake Conspiracy, and Fresh Living for furnishing our VIP area. Thank you to Rawlco Radio for the promotional support and to our emcees Sheri Ebert and Shauna Foster. Thank you to all the organisations that purchased program advertisements and to those that donated silent and live auction items and to Stan Garchinksi for being our auctioneer this year. Thank you to Wanda Keen and Joi Photography for capturing all the great moments of the night! Here is a full list of all our sponsors that we would like to thank.

Thank you to Dennel Piche, our exceptional keynote speaker, for her presentation and the words she shared with us at the Glass Slipper Benefit. Thank you to Eekwol for her performance, TCU Place for hosting the event, and our amazing team of volunteers!

Last, but definitely not least, we would like to thank everyone that attended and supported this event. Indeed our whole community benefits when young women have more self-esteem, confidence, and drive. The support you showed last night goes a long way to support these young women.

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Kelsey Murphy, Executive Director

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