It kind of hit home last week that I have never lived anywhere long enough growing up or in life until I moved to Warman on June 01, 2007. I made the comment to many people that it felt like I had finally moved home. I was born in Victoria, B.C. but my roots go back to Elbow, SK where my great grandparents owned the general store there and raised a large family until the dirty 30’s hit and the family migrated west to Chemainus, B.C.
The fashion industry always had my attention growing up starting at 9 years old when my grandmother taught me how to sew. Through school, I walked to a different drum always creating or wearing odd, weird styles and doing lots of weird wild things to my hair and fashion. I was out of the house and working at 16 and all over the board until I started Fashion Arts in the early 80s. I was 21 and finally figuring out what direction to take in life. In 1989 I was living in Ft. McMurray, AB. when I finally opened my first retail store. That was the true beginning of my purpose in life.
Opening in Warman
…….and what a ride it has been over the last 14 years in Warman and 6 years in Market Mall.
Many people have suggested I write a book with all the interesting stories I have accumulated over the years. I actually did a short story called “The fly on the changeroom wall”, insights into bra fitting 101. Yes, maybe in another 10 years I might do that. So here we are today with 2 stores.
Evolution of Bodacious Bustlines
Again, it has been so different here. It is like my mind opened up and I started to do business differently in this niche industry. How I measured. I went back to my roots of sewing and design and said, “How they measure and fit out there is wrong!” So, I started doing it and training my staff to do it from a pattern-making standard. Many people say to us on a daily basis, “why do your bras fit so differently”? It is not the bras as many brands we carry you can buy in department stores and other stores. What we do is fit you into the bras differently and measure as if we are going to make you a bra. Then we show you some good tips on how to wear that particular style of bra. It is not rocket science but good old basic sewing which is a lost art.
The adventure that has become Bodacious Bustlines Bras and Lingerie Corp evolved through 2021. First expanding the Warman Location to a 2400 sq ft brand new, bigger & better, in July 2021 to market malls expansion in Feb 2022. This through the crazy journey of the pandemic- here’s to a “normal” boobalicious continued.
Owner and Founder of Bodacious Bustlines