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Best Cupcake in Saskatoon goes to...

posted by The Princess Shop    |   January 28, 2016 09:43

When we were first contacted about being a part of Wintershines in 2016 we were as excited as we were overwhelmed with ideas. As a Saskatoon non-profit, we take any opportunities we can to be involved in the community. We knew that being part of Potashcorp's Wintershines was the perfect opportunity to spread information about our program, while giving the community a place to gather, and to share some sweet treats on a cold winter day. 

After learning that there weren't any other cupcake competitions locally, we knew that we had a great opportunity to bring the community together to name BEST CUPCAKE in SASKATOON! We got to work reaching out to local cake masters and bakeries, and were so grateful for the reception we had! Our event was as huge success, and we owe that to each of our local contestants. Without further ado, a huge thank you to The Park Town Hotel, Cakes by Britney, Griffin Takeaway, Baby K Cupcakes and Cakes, The Cupcake Conspiracy, and our very own Princess Shop entry. 

Each of our bakers and bakeries chose a gown from the Princess Shop to model their cupcake design after. The results were OUTSTANDING!

The Park Town Hotel's delicious vanilla cupcakes were served upside down, a design inspired by their gorgeous mermaid style grad dress. It was topped with orange creamsicle icing, and handmade black licorice pearls that perfectly emulated the taste of tiger tiger icecream.



Griffin Takeaway had the most articulate icing design. They designed a chocolatey rose on top of each cupcake that went perfectly with their stunning dark red and rose coloured gown.

Baby K Cupcakes and Cakes created a perfect swirl of vanilla and strawberry. From the most moist cupcake to the swirled icing, strawberry shortcake herself would be jealous of this one! 

The Cupcake Conspiracy absolutely nailed their take on a classic chocolate cupcake, and upped the anti from there with the most outstanding colour combination of the evening. Buttercream in flavour, but multicoloured rainbows and sparkles in appearance. It was as tantilizing to the eyes as it was to the tastebuds.



Our very own Princess Shop baker who also doubles as our Live Auction Coordinator, Miss Whitney, lead our team in the design of a beautiful and tasty raspberry rose cupcake.  

And last but certainly not least, our 'Dress It Up Cupcake Contest' WINNER is the lovely Cakes by Britney! Britney put a new spin on an old favourite. This delicious carrot cake was also infused with coconut and pineapple, topped with signature ice blue buttercream frosting and crowned with silver sparkles and jewels. It was as tasty as it was beautiful! CONGRATULATIONS BRITNEY AND TEAM!

 

Other thank yous to the businesses who donated door prizes: The Industrial Kitchen & BarKR Jewelry, Joy Tesch Stylist at Visions Salon & Spa !

A special thank you to Kevin Stanfield of Global Saskatoon for emceeing the event and announcing our winner!

To Mandy Pravda , Kim Ali, and Jeff Culbert for putting on such a fantastic winter festival and bringing the community together! Thank you to PotashCorp for funding an important community event: Wintershines!

To each of our The Princess Shop volunteers who helped bake, organize, setup and takedown the event.

And lastly, but surely not least, to each of YOU in the community who came to sample, vote, and enjoy an evening of sweets for such a great cause. You are helping us bring graduation, scholarship, and mentorship experiences to more Saskatchewan women than ever before. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! All of !the proceeds from the event were given back to the Princess Shop!

Our next major event is our 9th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit on April 7, 2016. Join us for an evening of good fun, good food, and giving back to the community. We'd love to see you there!

All love,

The Princess Shop Team 

The Princess Shop Holiday Hours

posted by The Princess Shop    |   December 23, 2015 22:41

Christmas is just around the corner, and our team at The Princess Shop in Saskatoon are so excited to be sharing the holiday season with our families and friends.

We've had a great December sharing quality time as a staff, brainstorming for upcoming events, and enjoying some holiday treats at our weekly meetings!

We are so excited to announce the details of our involvement in an upcoming event in Saskatoon! In the meantime, we're going to relax with family, and enjoy a few days off and have some quality time with loved ones.

The Princess Shop will be closed December 24th –January 3rd, to resume office hours on Monday, January 4th in the new year! If you have a dress donation to make during the holiday season, please visit one of our donation drop off locations (but be sure to check their holiday hours for details).

Friendly reminder that tickets to our Glass Slipper Benefit on April 7, 2016 make a FABULOUS Christmas gift for the woman you love in your life! And best part is you can buy from the comfort of your own home. 


MERRY CHRISTMAS, YXE! And thank you so much for all of the support in 2015. We are excited about all that 2016 has to offer. It is going to be our BEST year yet.

Love,

The Princess Shop Team 

The Princess Shop Welcomes New Volunteers for the New Year!

posted by The Princess Shop    |   December 16, 2015 15:47

Like most non-profit organizations, the heartbeat of what we do is fueled by the energy and selflessness of the volunteeers who give their time to us week after week. 2015 has been a big year for The Princess Shop, we've had many successes along the way. But like anything we've also had our challenges, and this year that meant finding the right volunteers to carry forward our mission of being one of Saskatoon's BEST non-profit organizations

Good things come to those who wait, which is why we are so excited to announce the newest Princess Shop volunteers, Morgan McEachern (Volunteer Representative), Chandra Groves (Communications Coordinator), and Kim Julicher (Fundraising Coordinator).

Meet the lovely Morgan McEachern. Morgan, originally from small-town Lanigan, Saskatchewan relocated to Saskatoon for University in 2013. Morgan is one of those people that warms up the room with her smile, and makes those around her feel welcome and comfortable, all great attributes for our Volunteer Representative position!

 

Morgan is as bright as she is warm, as she is currently working towards both a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the Edwards School of Business. Outside of her studies, and volunteer work with The Princess Shop in Saskatoon, she is also employed by the University of Saskatchewan's Science Outreach Program teaching Math and Science concepts in community schools in Saskatoon. She is delighted to be contributing to The Princess Shop community so she can make a difference in the lives of young women in Saskatoon.

 

 Chandra Groves joins The Princess Shop team in the role of Volunteer Communications Coordinator. She's followed the success of The Princess Shop as a great Saskatoon organization, and has seen the impact that it has made in the community over the years. Chandra said when the opportunity presented itself to join, she knew it was the perfect way to play a part in giving back to our community, while utilizing her strengths as a Communications professional. Chandra attained degrees in business and communications from the University of Jamestown in North Dakota in 2009 where she played on a volleyball scholarship. She has spent the last 6 years cultivating as many opportunities for professional growth as possible; from opening a business here in Saskatoon, to documenting her world travels with her own travel blog and website (www.chandragroves.com), to continuing education with a graphic design course in the summer of 2015. Chandra is a self-proclaimed hoarder of experiences. She loves to do photography, write, play music, and she loves pretty much every outdoor adventure. If she's not exploring the land of living skies, you will often find her with a backpack or a snowboard in the Rocky Mountains. 

And last, but certainly not least, we are so excited to be welcoming Kim Julicher our new Fundraising Coordinator. Kim was born and raised in Saskatoon and attended post secondary studies for Food and Hospitality Management in BC. She has since returned home to Saskatoon where she is the Assistant Food and Beverage Manager at the Saskatoon Club. Kim is an extremely hard worker and she loves having the ability to work and volunteer with  groups that offer a positive social outlet for a great purpose. Kim is thrilled to be joining The Princess Shop in Saskatoon as the volunteer Fundraising Coordinator. Outside of work and volunteering, her passions include cultural exploration- both local and international, and her friends and family.

We are still looking to fill two of our Volunteer Roles for 2016. To learn more about this great organization and how you can get involved, contact us today! As always, find us on facebook, twitter, and instagram to stay up to date on the latest and greatest Princess Shop happenings.

Back on Board: KPMG Dinner Sponsor of the 9th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses

posted by The Princess Shop    |   November 24, 2015 10:25

As we are 1 week away from launching ticket sales to the 9th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses (April 07, 2016 at TCU Place), we are

 excited to highlight one of our sponsors!

KPMG has been a part of this very important event and a supporter of The Princess Shop in several ways. We are so proud to have KPMG's commitment to continue as our Dinner Sponsor of the 9th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses! In addition, KPMG is involved with The Princess Shop through participation on the Board of Directors, and the Fairy Godmother Program. We feel so supported by this amazing organization and are so excited to celebrate with them at the 9th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses!

Featuring a keynote presentation from a Princess Graduate, this gala is rounded off by a served dinner, dessert, live and silent auctions, and entertainment by a local group. Guests are encouraged to come right at 5:30pm to browse and bid on the auction, get a photo on the red carpet, and mingle with the other guests! The Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses is a great way for the community to experience and share in the celebration of The Princess Shop's impact on disadvantaged women in the community as they celebrate their accomplishments and venture into the next chapter of their lives.

Our guests at the gala include individuals from all professions, including legal, accounting, academics, education, insurance, nonprofit organizations, and students. Keep an eye out for ticket sales that launch December 1, 2015, which happens to be Giving Tuesday! Tickets will be available at www.theprincessshop.ca! Join our mailing list (homepage, bottom left), to stay in the loop!

If your company is interested in supporting through sponsorship, donation of a silent/live auction package, or through a purchase of a program advertisement, please contact:

Brittney Witte, Glass Slipper Benefit Coordinator - brittney@theprincessshop.ca

OR

Karen Robson, Executive Director - info@theprincessshop.ca or 306-222-3311 

Stonebridge Donation Location: Modern Sole Saskatoon

posted by The Princess Shop    |   November 13, 2015 13:38

We are so happy to introduce our newest Dress Donation Location, Modern Sole Saskatoon! The Princess Shop now has 3 Dress Donation Location partners!

As one of Saskatoon's newest local shops, Modern Sole Saskatoon is a beautiful shoe-tique that offers an amazing curated collection of shoe brands that are handpicked by the owner for their quality, style, and comfort.

Modern Sole Saskatoon now accepts donations of gently used, cleaned formal gowns, shoes, and accessories on behalf of The Princess Shop for the Dress Program. To donate to The Princess Shop through Modern Sole Saskatoon, please print and fill out a donation from here and drop it off during their shop hours at their location:#150 - 3020 Preston Avenue.

Click here for Modern Sole Saskatoon's hours and address. Having the local business helping to accept donations allows more convenience for our dress donors, so we are very appreciative and excited to have Modern Sole Saskatoon on board! While you are there, check out their amazing shoes, jewelry and handbags. 

 

More Information on Donating to The Princess Shop

We love to accept dress donations! It keeps our inventory fresh and interesting for each year's Princess Graduates. Please consider donating a dress that you think a 2016 graduate would wear (less than 5 years old, cleaned, and in great condition). If you provide your contact information, we will send you a photo of a Princess Graduate in your dress when it is selected by a Princess Graduate, upon her consent. Please click here for more information. During office closures, please drop off donated dresses at our Primrose Pizza Hut or Exquisite Fashions & Bridal, and Modern Sole Saskatoon drop-off locations

The Dress Program

The Princess Shop’s Dress Program lends donated dresses and accessories to female graduates in need, to enhance their graduation experience. The organization hopes to find the perfect dress for every young woman who requires services.  Princess Graduates have the opportunity to be lent a graduation dress, accessories, shoes, etc. donated by members of our community. Please click here to learn more about our dress program.

Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon Sponsors the Dress Program

posted by The Princess Shop    |   October 20, 2015 12:35

We are so proud to have Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon return for the 2015-2016 graduation season as a Diamond Sponsor of The Dress Program

The Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon have been a major sponsor of The Dress Program since the 2011-2012 graduation season! This commitment and support has allowed The Princess Shop to grow and flourish over the years! 

Last year we saw a 33% growth in participants in The Dress Program which indicates how important it is to have the community's support for our program. Not only does a Princess Graduate get to come pick a beautiful dress, get treated to hair, makeup, photography, limousine and photography services as part of The Dress Program, but she also gets an infinite chance to participate in our mentorship program (The Fairy Godmother Program), or apply for scholarships, a work placement, or skill development workshops (The Next Chapter Program).

Opportunities are endless for Princess Graduates, thanks young woman should have the chance to celebrate her graduation day and celebrate her accomplishments equivalent to her peers.

Not only does the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon provide their sponsorship, they enjoy being in the mix of the organizations they support. They always ensure they attend our annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses and always ask how else they can be involved. This club has incredible genuine support of the Saskatoon community.

Thank you, Kisnmen Club of Saskatoon!

 

 

Cameco Corporation back as Diamond Sponsor of the Dress Program

posted by The Princess Shop    |   September 18, 2015 11:21

Cameco's community focus on Youth, Education & Literacy, Health & Wellness, and Community Development provides an excellent fit with our Dress Program. We are so happy to have them back as a Diamond Sponsor of the Dress Program for a third year so we can continue to provide an enhanced graduation experience for disadvantaged women.

Our mission extends beyond the graduation day to supporting these amazing women after high school with a mentorship program (Fairy Godmother Program) and a program that offers scholarships/bursaries, a work placement, and skill development opportunities (Next Chapter Program). At The Princess Shop, we want to encourage learning and development at this very important time of a young woman's life. Having Cameco's support of the Dress Program ensures the opportunity for us to work with Princess Graduates after high school.

Thank you, Cameco!

A Warm Welcome to our New Graphic Designer- Rachael Meckling

posted by The Princess Shop    |   September 16, 2015 17:34

A Warm Welcome to our New Graphic Designer- Rachael Meckling

The Princess Shop is excited to welcome our new Graphic Designer, Rachael Meckling. Rachael grew up in Saskatoon but moved to Ontario in her high school years. She attended Ryerson University for fashion communications and graphic design. What makes her unique in her work is that she is an illustrator AND a graphic designer which means she can really make designs exceptional and we are excited and grateful to have her on our team! She did an internship at Flare Magazine and had her illustration and graphic design featured in a June issue in 2010 and she even was known as Flare’s resident artiste and was featured in an August 2010 feature about Flare’s “Young Bright Things.” Below are some questions we asked Rachael:

What got you interested in Graphic Design in the first place? 

Ryerson. The introduction to Adobe InDesign changed my life. And when I realized I could make my own hand drawn letters into fonts. That was a big win.

Why do you want to work with The Princess Shop?

Because mentoring and investing in the well-being of girls is essential to their confidence and sense of self-worth. Girl Power. 

What project are you most excited about with The Princess Shop?

Drawing the new "Glass Slipper". Very excited to make the invites for the 2016 Glass Slipper Gala as well. I hope my work increases the guest list! 

What was your high school graduation like? Describe your dress.

A 1940's style dress from Toronto my aunt bought me for $100. It was made from a dusty mauve chiffon with two silk ribbons that wrapped around my waist and tied in the back. It made me feel like a woman. I'd wear it again. 

What is your favorite colour?

 Pink. I love all the corals and peaches and bubble gums and magentas. I love that oranges and blues can be made sweeter with pink.

 

We are so excited to have Rachael on our team and are looking forward to an amazing time with her! Thank you so much to Rachael for her willingness to volunteer her time and talent J

New Dress Donation Location: Exquisite Fashions & Bridal

posted by The Princess Shop    |   June 22, 2015 20:56

The Dress Program is the flagship program of The Princess Shop. We rely greatly on the community to support us by donating dresses, shoes, and accessories, so that we can provide a memorable graduation experience for disadvantaged young women in Saskatchewan. 

We are proud to announce a new partnership with Exquisite Fashions & Bridal which has graciously offered to accept donations on behalf of The Princess Shop. Exquisite Fashions & Bridal carry dresses for every occasion and have been a reliable supporter of The Princess Shop since opening in Saskatoon. We would like to thank Exquisite Fashions & Bridal for their support and their willingness to stand with us and help us make a difference in our community!

To donate to The Princess Shop through Exquisite Fashions & Bridal, please print and fill out a donation form here and drop it off during their office hours at their location: 1202B 33rd St. & Québec Ave.

Having the local business community accepting donations on our behalf allows more convenience for our dress donors, so we are very appreciative and excited to work with Exquisite Fashions & Bridal!

Looking for information about our programs and events? See below for more information about our dress program and how to donate dresses!

Donating Dresses

We love to accept dress donations! It keeps our inventory fresh and interesting for each year's Princess Graduates. Please consider donating a dress that you think a 2015 or 2016 graduate would wear (less than 5 years old, cleaned, and in great condition). If you provide your contact information, we will send you a photo of a Princess Graduate in your dress when it is selected by a Princess Graduate, upon her consent. Please click here for more information. During office closures, please drop off donated dresses at our Primrose Pizza Hut or Exquisite Fashions & Bridal drop-off locations

The Dress Program

The Princess Shop’s Dress Program lends donated dresses and accessories to female graduates in need, to enhance their graduation experience. The organization hopes to find the perfect dress for every young woman who requires services.  Princess Graduates have the opportunity to be lent a graduation dress, accessories, shoes, etc. donated by members of our community. Please click here to learn more about our dress program.

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Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon: Dress Program Diamond Sponsor

posted by The Princess Shop    |   June 16, 2015 11:36

The Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon have been a major sponsor of The Dress Program since the 2011-2012 graduation season! This commitment and support has allowed The Princess Shop to grow and flourish over the years! With this year being out biggest year, we are proud to have over 120 participants in The Dress Program and are excited for a full week of graduation celebrations next week!

 

The Kinsmen Club’s mandate is to "Serve the Community's Greatest Need.” As an organization that supports disadvantaged women during the important transition from high school to the “real world”, we are lucky to be among Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon’s supported nonprofit and community groups in the city. While their sponsorship goes to the Dress Program, it leads the way and opens the doors to The Princess Shop’s Fairy Godmother Program and Next Chapter Program!

As a nonprofit group themselves, the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon puts on many initiatives throughout the year to raise funds that will go directly back into the community. Their current event is the Kinsmen Home Lottery - there is still time to participate for your chance to win a dream home, Dodge Viper, vacations, and many more great prizes!

 

Thank you, Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon, for your loyal support and commitment to the Saskatoon community!

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12 - 1622 Ontario Avenue
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t: 306-222-3311

Karen Robson, Executive Director

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