July 17, 2019
Our Land and Economic Development Team has the pleasure of connecting with entrepreneurs regularly. We are always encouraged when we see businesses that are exploring new possibilities and tasting success.
One that we have met in the past year is Stephanie Gross, Founder and CEO of Bumby Wool Inc. where their clients “Come for the Wool and Stay for the Flock”. Stephanie began making baby diaper covers and has grown her business into one that is shipping into countries like Norway and the US; as well as all across Canada. The product lines have grown to include lines for toddlers, mitts and women’s clothes too. They celebrate a strong connection to their Canadian roots through wool colour names like Ucluelet, Inuksuk, Grasslands, Orca, Canoe or Sugar Maple and always making sure they add the “u” in words like “colour” or “flavour”. Their wool is milled in Quebec, then hand dyed, cut and sewn in Alberta. To keep up with the growth her company is seeing , Stephanie is moving her business into an industrial space this summer right here in Red Deer.
If we were to tell you a little bit more about them, in Stephanie’s words it would go like this:
“Our story is one I feel so much pride sharing. I started this company at my kitchen table when our first son was born. Our children were born in Fort McMurray and so was my business. I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to provide a safe and healthy work environment filled with laughter to some of the most amazing people I know. We currently have 4 women on staff and are in the process of enlarging our space to hire more staff. We engage with our clients in a friendly and sincere way, you can’t get much more Canadian than that. We have a bilingual Canadian chat and B/S/T (Buy/Sell/Trade) group too! We have our story written more in the links below; I think you might enjoy the first one the best! Do pop on to read the rest, because its hilarious, even if I do say so myself."
…Upon placing your order with Bumby, magical things begin to happen. First, the order is received by a flock of Canadian Geese who then deliver it, by beak, to Bumby Headquarters. We then go over the orders with a cup of Tim’s, yes a double double, and get to work Beavers sharpen our scissors with their teeth and pass items around the studio with their paddle tails. The RCMP do a stringent quality control check and we are ready to ship. Once completed, the order is packaged and picked up by a maple syrup drinking, toque wearing Canada Post employee. It is then carried by moose to the nearest postal outlet, where it sits in a room full of poutine for 24 hours to maximize Canadian odours before being loaded on to a dog sleigh…
Links to Bumby Pages: