Since the beginning of 2020, Vanessa Moynihan has crafted custom, handmade hair bows, and headbands under the banner of Bravery Bowtique – a name she says carries a “very special” meaning.
“‘Bravery’ is the combination of my children’s names – Brayden and Avery,” adds Vanessa, whose inspiration for the business came about while playing dress-up with her daughter.
“She especially loved choosing her hair accessory in the morning.”
After struggling to find a shop offering custom bows, Vanessa invested in equipment and materials to make her own. Her friends and family quickly took notice and started requesting bows for their daughters.
“I decided to take a leap of faith and open order to the public,” she says, adding she’s since connected with a group of bow makers to find reputable and high-quality suppliers.
The most enjoyable aspect of her first year as an entrepreneur is providing local families with a product that isn’t available locally.
“I love making people happy,” says Vanessa. “It is what I strive to do. I love being able to put a smile on a little girl’s face as she sees her new hair accessories. I love the excitement a mother has as she orders a ‘Mom and Me’ set. I love how my small business is helping people feel as special as they are.”
But she’s not just helping local families – small businesses like Bravery Bowtique also support the local economy.
“Yes, even a small business provides an opportunity for local people to shop in town and contribute to the local economy instead of leaving town or constantly resorting to online shopping.”
Keep an eye out for some of her upcoming projects, including cotton fabric bows, personalized named bows, and commemorative bows for Franco-Ontarian Day on Sept. 25 plus Halloween a month later.