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Back in the day

Back in the day: When I started my store in 1994, it was the most exciting thing ever. I began¬† with a concept and with a background in Interior Design, I wanted to make something special. I wanted a Cute little boutique with flare! So in 1994 I opened my shop in Inglewood in Calgary. My little hat store of its kind in years. I heard that there was once a hat shop ( women’s) back in the day, of course before my time! In those years to follow, I then moved to 17 AVE S.W., to which I began wholesaling my hats and fascinators to many boutiques across Canada and the US. This led to me closing my shop and moving forward with the production end of things.¬† After having a retail shop for 4 years, it was time to work from home and focus on the business from that point on. Over the years, I did pop-up shows in various venues across Calgary and in other cities. All the hats and headpieces were all produced by me and only me, no mass production involved. I really wanted to offer affordable and beautiful works of art to women who wanted something not made overseas. During this time I donated to many charities in Calgary and produced my own events with live music and silent auctions. To this day I still donate to charities by donating my hats and art to help those in need. I wanted to share this fun video we did with Shaw tv back in 2006, titled” hats off by Lara Hurrell Maria Curcic 2006 SHAW CALGARY”