You are invited to Celebrate Our Makers. The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce is turning the spotlight on businesses throughout the Thompson Valley that make our community distinct. We are taking a closer look at the people behind the scenes, behind the creation, and behind the experience - asking what is it that you create? Let’s find out.
Meet Emily Sedgwick, Owner/Operator of Crooked Crown Gift Boutique in Kamloops, BC. Since Emily was a little girl, her and her mom have dreamed about opening a retail store. Every time they would go shopping, they would select items they thought would be a great fit in their imaginary gift boutique. Flash forward to today and the gift boutique is no longer imaginary.
Even when Emily had no idea she would actually follow through with her dream of opening a boutique store, she was still curating a list of special items she came across during her shopping adventures. When it came time to take the leap of faith and open her very own space, she was miles ahead in her procurement planning and many of the items that fill the shelves of Crooked Crown are items from this special list.
While all the items that line the shelves in the boutique are meaningful to Emily, her absolute favourite part of her role is to help customers find the perfect, expressive, thoughtful gift for themselves or someone else, something that creates a special memory.
“I think gift giving should be intentional; if we buy something they love, it will have a lasting impact on them," says Emily. "Every time they use, admire, or touch their gift, they will remember the time they spent with the person that gave it to them, or how special it was when they received their gift - and that is how I create special moments, and why we do what we do at Crooked Crown."