Nine-year-old artist Morrigan Sullivan is building her own business in the present to build savings for the future.
“At school, we had a lesson on business stuff and so I got the idea from there,” Morrigan said. “Also, this past Christmas, my older sister made everyone in the family a hand-painted mug.”
That gift, Morrigan noted, gave her the idea of beginning a business of her own, creating and selling her own mugs and coasters.
She calls her business Mo’s Mugs & More.
Morrigan has been busy crafting practical, hand-painted mugs, keychains and jewelry — all alive with colour.
Morrigan said she likes all colours, especially blue and teal.
“There’s a unicorn, horses, paw prints, and I have an app where you can make characters and then you copy it from there onto a mug.”
With help from family, Morrigan has taken her business venture online with a Facebook page: Mo’s Mugs and More.
There, her latest creations for sale can be found.
Her use of social media is teaching Morrigan how to market her work.
The Grade 4 Arthur Hatton elementary student concedes not a lot of her classmates have seen her growing stock of mugs, due to COVID-19. That may soon change as her business exposure in the community continues to grow.
Recently, friends of the family donated a tent and a table for Morrigan to use in her first venture, which will see her sell her goods at the opening day of the Kamloops Farmers’ Regional Market on Saturday, April 17.
The market, which is in the 200-block of St. Paul Street, runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Morrigan clearly has plenty of support from family and friends.
“I’m both nervous and excited,” Morrigan said of her first public engagement.
When asked what she is saving her earnings for, Morrigan replied that she wants to attend college and to travel.
And where might her globetrotting take her?
“I want to go to Japan,” she said without missing a beat. “I’ve seen a bunch of cool things there.”
When encouraged by her mother, Juli to explain herself further, Morrigan clarifies: “It’s the food. Food is a cool thing.”
If you’re visiting the farmers’ market, be sure to stop in at Mo’s Mugs & More and say hello to the almost 10-year-old entrepreneur.
Morrigan will likely be the one sitting behind her table of wares, sipping a cup of her favourite Earl Grey tea in one of her brightly designed mugs, perhaps daydreaming of faraway adventures across the Pacific Ocean.