Our Founder, CHRISTINE GUY, has been marketing healthy products and services for over 20 years through her company, Pollen Communication. It wasn’t until she became a mom to her son, Benjamin, that she saw her priorities shift. Having a baby at home while running a small business made time a precious commodity, and shopping became one of her least favourite things. She became more selective; seeking products that were highly effective, less wasteful and that would help simplify her life by simplifying her choices. And when she found a new, thoughtful product that she loved, she (just like Oprah), wanted to share it with everyone she loved! That’s how The Shop Around the Corner was born.
Through The Shop Around the Corner and the “you need it anyway” philosophy, Christine shares great products made by great people. She develops new products that she sees as missing in the marketplace, and best of all, she can help worthy organizations get what they need, too.
Each product is tried and tested by Christine and her team. Whenever possible, the products are made in Canada. Our shop is around every corner.
Our second in command, ANGE 'the problem solver' McNAMARA, is a mom of 4 kids and 1 dog, and wife to an incredibly supportive (& ahem, lucky) guy.
Ange had an entrepreneurial spirit from the start, launching her first successful business as a commercial and fashion photographer at the age of 19. To say she has a penchant for busy-ness would be an understatement. She can bang off any to-do list with excitement and ease.
After taking a break from photography to raise her kids, she mastered the art of organization; this inspired her to set aside photography and start her second biz as a professional organizer. Thus, KlearInc was born.
When Christine offered Ange the opportunity to partner on 'The Shop Around the Corner' she jumped at the chance to collaborate on such a great concept and couldn't wait to be a part of the team. With a focus on value (um, 4 kids) and quality, it seemed like a no-brainer. She is a true believer in all of the shop's products which she and Christine have carefully vetted.
While other kids watched cartoons, SARAH FRANCIS spent her childhood glued to Fashion Television; Paris, New York and Milan quickly became her favourite cities and Jeanne Beker her Canadian idol. Sarah started her fashion blogging company, Real Life Runway, in 2010 — writing blog posts, radio ads and social media copy for shopping malls across the country. Her work has been featured in some of Canada's top publications including Chatelaine, the Globe and Mail, and Metro. Sarah has also appeared as a Style Expert on shows like Cityline & Breakfast Television and has acted as a stylist and brand ambassador for companies like Joe Fresh, Gap, eBay and Vaughan Mills. She recently finished a contract as Marketing Director at Vaughan Mills and Oshawa Centre, and after commuting for up to 4 hours every day, was eager to get off the 401 and back to K-W. She currently freelances as a copywriter, personal stylist and marketing consultant but still considers shopping her favourite form of therapy; when she found out what The Shop Around the Corner was doing, she jumped at the chance to be involved. She helps the Shop with everything from copywriting to care package deliveries. Sarah is also a proud mom of two great kids who still let her dress them occasionally because, as she likes to remind them, she’s ‘a professional'.