When did you open in Mount Pleasant Village?
Summer of 2016.
Why did you pick Mount Pleasant Village?
We love this pretty area. We like the walk-by traffic, friendly people, good restaurants, welcoming shops and it is near our home.
We have opened our studio to shoppers but will continue to run our online business from the shop.
What specialty sets your business apart from competitors?
We offer personalized hand-stamped jewelry on site. Customers can mix and match charms and personalized tags on sterling silver and 14K dipped gold on site. This creates a customized gift and experience..
What were you doing before you opened your business?
For over 10 years, Sue worked in the television industry - director of public relations for the launch of brands like HGTV, Food Network, Health Network and National Geographic, before turning to jewelry design in 2004 as a more personal means of expression. Sue describes her business as something that grew from her, ""love of contemporary art, fashion, literature and words.”
Inspired by a letter-pressed vintage knife she saw on the coast of Maine, Sue started hand stamping vintage silver baby spoons and butter knives for gifts. Once she honed her hand-stamping skills, personalizing jewelry was a natural evolution that provided an outlet for her creativity, love of fashion and words. Sue's creations are deeply sentimental with a modern yet nostalgic edge - as hand stamping's font is similar to an old fashioned typewriter. Sue designs are chic, collectable, modern, timeless and meant to be worn anytime, anywhere.
Suetables was Sue's love and hobby than became her full-time job after a few years of listening to clients, improving her craft, designs and travelling to source suppliers in Mexico, Czech, Thailand and more recently, locally in Canada and the US.
What do you enjoy most about your business?
I love the creative process - jewelry designing and talking with customers to come up with the right word and charms for them. Whether it's hand stamping kids names or a special word to set an intention, we love creating meaningful gifts for people. We live to celebrate what you love with beautiful pendants, meaningful gemstones, charms, necklaces, bracelets and more.
What has changed since you first opened your business?
We have evolved from an online business www.suetables.com to also having a retail shop and now, over 35 reps across North American who have their own mini Suetables businesses.
What's a fun fact about your business?
- Suetables also works with companies to create and design one-of-a kind gifts, key chains and jewelry. We are passionate about working with select not-for-profit organizations, like The Special Olympics, Wildlife Now, Royal African Safaris, SickKids Foundation, The Maddie Project (North York General Hospital) more.
- Suetables has been seen on stars like Coco Rocha (model), Adelaide Kane (star of Reign), Missy Pregrym (Rookie Blue), Abbey Lee Kershaw (model), Monika Schnarre (model), Rachel Skarsten (50 Shades of Grey, Lost Girl, Reign - now the face of Suetables), Lauren Lee Smith (The Listener), Sara Waisglass (Degrassi: The Next Generation) and Enuka Okuma (Rookie Blue) who also had Sue letter press her bridesmaids’ gifts.
- Sue blogs regularly at https://www.suetables.com/blog
- Suetables also wholesales. We set people and shops up with "business in a box" making it easy for others to set up their own flexible home or in-store business. https://www.suetables.com/Array/become-design-rep No multi level marketing and we set people up with artists tools, product and training.