It was an exiting two days in November for Elizabeth Suni, owner of Chatham-Kent based Wooly Doodle when she was invited to the Shopify headquarters in Ottawa to be one of four businesses to participate in an International event.
“It was a wonderful opportunity to be one of four Shopify Merchants chosen to be part of two days worth of focus groups and workshops,” said Suni. “The workshops were focused on sharing our experiences as merchants with their team to help improve their offerings.”
Suni, who represented not just Chatham-Kent but all of Canada, sat alongside three leading New York business owners to discuss their experiences as merchants.
“On November 14, I was provided the opportunity to speak on a panel at their shipping team's event along with the four other merchants,” said Suni. “The panel was a wonderful opportunity to share the Wooly Doodle story with the company who is helping to power my online and point of sale systems.”
Suni added, “There was over 200 team members in the room who were engaged and interested in our thoughts and feedback. The entire event was inspiring.”
The Ottawa-based company, which provides technology to online retailers, recently announced that it is expanding their workforce with another 1000 employees in Vancouver.
“It’s no wonder they are growing, Shopify is listening to understand what really matters to Merchants and our end-users. When they make the shopping experience easier and more seamless for my customers, everyone wins,” said Suni.
Wooly Doodle is a clothing company focused on making the most comfortable, functional, gender-neutral clothing out there for babies, toddlers, young children and adults. Their products are exclusively made in Canada out of sustainably sourced fabrics.
“In a little over a year Wooly Doodle has seen amazing growth, so much so that Elizabeth left her full-time job, launched several exclusive collections, and has added their first brick and mortar retail space,” said Taylor Hughes, Chatham-Kent Economic Development Officer. “The entire team at Wooly Doodle is raising the bar for technology and traditional business across Chatham-Kent and I don’t doubt that the best is yet to come.”
For more information about Wooly Doodle, visit their website at www.woolydoodle.com or stop into their retail showroom at 55 Forest Street in the Blair's Campus.
The Wooly Doodle story starts with humble beginnings and a cheap sewing machine. Since that time, Elizabeth Suni has gone on to win the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is running a successful business.
The Shopify HQ panel featuring four guest businesses (L-R) CeeCee's Closet, Wooly Doodle – Elizabeth Suni is sitting 3rd from left, Baloo Living, Hedonists
- Wooly Doodle is a Canadian clothing company focused on making the most comfortable, functional, gender-neutral clothing out there for babies, toddlers, young children and adults. We design the clothing we want to wear knowing you will love it too! Our clothes are ethically handmade in Canada out of sustainable, eco-friendly fabrics. All our fabrics are also exclusively knit and dyed in Ontario. Why does this matter? It not only ensures that we can keep a close eye on quality, but that the fabric dyes are in keeping with Canada's relatively stringent environmental regulations. It also keeps things local: from fabric to fabrication, our clothing travels less miles (or kilometres). Ultimately we believe in creating high quality, durable clothing that is also easy on the environment.
- Learn more about Chatham-Kent Economic Development on our website
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