We are so excited to bring you a new feature . We are announcing our new weekly series- West Island MomPreneur. Every week we will feature a local west island mommy that has her own business and lives in the west island. It’s so important to support local and after the year we have had, we need to support our community more than ever. The month of March features, is sponsored by Plaza Pointe Claire– your one stop shop for your entire family needs.
We are so excited to introduce you to our fourth mompreneur : Robyn Grauer of Les Lainages du Petit Mouton ( The Wool shop) a local yarn shop located in Plaza Pointe Claire. You can read all about it below. Please show some love and support local.
- What is the name of your business and what is it about?
My business is called Les Lainages du Petit Mouton (The Wool Shop), it’s a yarn shop located in Plaza Pointe-Claire since 1979. I specialize in wool, yarn, knitting, crocheting, needlepoint and a little bit of cross stitch. I offer a large selection of beautiful wools, yarns, thread, patterns, tapestries, accessories and during normal times classes. I am here to guide you in choosing your next project or to help you find the materials for the project you already have in mind. I am also the one to help you when you are stuck in a project.
2. How long have you been an entrepreneur and why did you become one?
I have owned my shop since 2013. I had an online yarn store prior to owning the physical store, so I have been an entrepreneur since 2007, almost 14 years. I decided to become an entrepreneur because I wanted to share my passion and love of yarn and work for myself.
3.What advice would you give to a Mom considering opening their own business?
I would tell any mom that wanted to start their own business to go for it! Make sure it’s something you are passionate about so that you truly love what you do. Make sure that you have moral support around you by family and friends, that is a must, especially as a mom. When I bought the shop I had young children. Now, 7 years later I have 2 teens and my youngest is 10 and a half. It is so much easier now that my kids are older to run my business. Basically just make sure that you have the support around you to juggle mom life and your business.
4.Seeing we are all about our West Island Community, where are your Go to places?
My go to West Island places are:
Food: Moushi on Blvd St Jean, I love a good Poke Bowl and Del Friscos on Blvd des Sources for a romantic date night with my husband or with my family for a good meal.
Massages: Aqua Spa Lyne Giroux on Blvd St Jean to help me relax
Computer purchases or repair: Microbytes on Blvd St Jean for all my computer needs
Photography: Amy Grauer Photography on Blvd des Sources for all my family portraits
Gym: 10Count Fitness on Sources Blvd, where I kickbox and take “mom/me time”
Car: 514 Muffleur on Blvd St Jean is my trusted go to place for all my car servicing
5. The past year has been a struggle for everyone, what has helped you the most get through it?
This past year has been quite the ordeal. The mall has been locked down twice, the first time for 3 months and the second time for 6 weeks. I already had a website up and running so that definitely helped. I tried to remain optimistic as much as possible. One of my suppliers ran some workshops on doing business in a post-covid world and it was very informative. It’s been really hard not being able to be a knitting/crochet community, as that is what my business is – a community. With trade shows and knitting/crochet conferences and retreats, knitters and crocheters like to come together and stitch together. Knitters and crocheters from all walks of life and from all different backgrounds and age groups enjoy getting together for social gatherings and classes. That’s been the hardest to not be apart of for this past year. I miss my community! I can’t wait for everyone to be vaccinated and to be able to start up classes again, attend conferences and retreats.
6. To wrap up, what are your must have items that you use or need everyday….
My 10 must have items currently always in my purse are:
1. A sock knitting project (portable to carry around!)
2. My EOS mint chapstick
3. My iPhone
4. My middle son’s lactaid pills
5. My eldest son’s extra epipen
6. Saje tingle mint hand cream
7. An extra face mask
8. A tube of hand sanitizer
9. A (charged) battery booster
10. A notebook (I’m a list maker and always keep track of where I am in my current knitting project so paper is a must!)
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