Welcome to the September issue of our ‘Member of the Month’ blog, where we get to shine a spotlight on our amazing business members and show everyone what they have to offer.
This month, we had a chat with Pink Sugar Crafts owner Sandy King, about her experience running a business in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
Create your own beaded jewellery. Credit: Pink Sugar Crafts
Like many local businesses, Sandy King started hers from humble beginnings.
“I started my hobby business, The Old Farm Road, [where] I used to cut and paint animal shapes and wall plaques out of wood and sell them at local markets and swap meets,” she said.
As time went on, Sandy grew her taste for new crafts such as macramé and children’s art.
Now, Pink Sugar Crafts offers a range of unique gift and craft products, as well as adult and youth craft lessons, school holiday programs for kids and even themed craft parties!
By offering specialised crafting classes to all ages, as well as stocking handmade local goods from various artists in our region, Pink Sugar Crafts sets itself apart from the rest!
According to Sandy, the key to keeping customers coming back is stocking both interesting and varied items.
“We also stock supplies and kits so people are able to make their own crafts at home,” she said.
Sandy’s experience operating in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, in her words, has been “totally awesome”.
“Kalgoorlie-Boulder has shown so much support to locals having a go at opening up a new business, which has helped to support local craft people,” she said.
Macrame hangers. Credit: Pink Sugar Crafts
But like all business owners, Sandy faces challenges, with her biggest difficulties being staying organised, keeping stock full and sticking to consistent hours.
Factors that all play a big role in keeping a business sailing smoothly.
But running the storefront by herself makes it all the more difficult.
“Occasionally you need personal time off; this causes the shop to close [during] busy times which is unavoidable,” she said.
However, Sandy always remains positive.
“I meet so many fantastic local people and have pride knowing they have our local artists’ work [displayed] in their homes,” she said.
“That makes me feel chuffed.”
The most exciting part of the business journey for Sandy has been…the whole thing!
“Years of talking about it, and I have actually achieved it,” she said.
“It makes me smile everyday that I walk through the front doors of the shop.”
Some of the wool available. Credit: Pink Sugar Crafts
Pink Sugar Crafts has not only supported locals in their own crafting adventures, but also local artists to give them an opportunity to showcase their creations and talent.
“The money stays local, as most of the items are locally-sourced,” Sandy said.
What a great way to give back!
In the next few years, Sandy hopes to see her business continue to thrive, but with a greater online presence to reach a wider audience.
We’re excited to see what big things are in-store at Pink Sugar Crafts in the future! To find out more check out the Facebook or Instagram, or simply pop into the store on 87 Hannan Street.
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