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140 Smiles, 140 Accomplishments, 140 Lives Changed for the Better

posted by The Princess Shop    |   October 2, 2018 15:36

by April Donauer

The trees are already looking bare, we have a couple of snowy days under our belts, and grad season seems like a lifetime ago. All the same, we would like to take some time and reflect on our 2018 Princess Graduates. They are strong, they are intelligent, they are brave, and they are GRADUATED. Here at The Princess Shop, we feel a sense of pride when we send out the dresses on grad days. Each dress belongs to a girl who has reached a truly special milestone and each girl has had her own journey. We celebrate each journey and congratulate each achievement. 

This past grad season was a truly remarkable one. What made it particularly special was that it could not have been possible without the support of our community. We had volunteers help mend dresses, volunteers assist in appointments, businesses that donated funds, hair services given, make-up services given, photography services given, and dresses donated. All this to say, The Princess Shop had been able to give back because so much has been given through the support of our community. Thank-You.  

One of the most breathtaking moments of grad season is when a graduate chooses her dress. Whether it’s sleek and low profile or jeweled and dramatic, each dress represents celebration. It represents a unique story, a unique style, and an exciting beginning. The celebration begins when the Princess Graduate comes to pick out a dress. Sometimes there is excitement in her eyes, sometimes fear. Excitement because she is planning to go all out, fear because she has never worn a dress and maybe it won’t look good on her. Nothing replaces the look in her eyes when she has found the dress. She is no longer fearful because she KNOWS she looks beautiful in the dress.

This year we had 140 dress appointments, 140 looks of nervous excitement, 140 success stories that represented 18 different Saskatchewan communities, and 140 Princess Graduates who have celebrated their achievements (in style). 140 represents the number of dresses that were worn to graduation celebrations this year but The Princess Shop is more than dresses. This year, our graduates received $32,000 of scholarships. They worked hard and are now off on new adventures. We also have new graduates connecting to mentors, connecting to community. 140 represents the number of dream chasers and hard workers.

Although back the school rush has faded, the pumpkin spice craze is upon us, and grad season seems like a lifetime ago, we want to say a special thank-you to our 2018 Princess Graduates. Thank-you for allowing us to be a part of your day. Thank-you for allowing us to sit next to you while you flashed looks of delight in that mirror when you saw how beautiful you looked. Thank-you.  

 

ps. You can be a part of this impact, too! Click here for more information on how to get involved.

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From a Volunteer's Perspective: The Princess Shop Experience

posted by The Princess Shop    |   September 10, 2018 14:34

Stepping into the role of Volunteer Representative is not what you would expect, or at least in comparison to my own previous volunteer experience, not what I expected.

It's been more than - and better than - I envisioned. Every week I attend a weekly meeting with a group of successful and motivating women. We're surrounded by beautiful donated gowns, shoes and accessories. We brainstorm, goal set, get off track for a moment and laugh, and are constantly re-evaluating every aspect of the organization to ensure we have a positive impact on not only our Princess Graduates but our community as whole. By the end of the meeting, were assigned chosen tasks to meet our goals and out into the community we go. We fundraise, network with donors and sponsors and build lasting relationships. 

While this is happening, me and other Volunteer Representatives along with individuals from our list of 'Helping Hands', conduct dress appointments which is by far, one of the most fulfilling duties. We simply consult with the graduate about her wants and needs for grad day and beyond. We outline the different programs The Princess Shop offers and ultimately attempt to be the bridge between adversity and prosperity. Once graduation season arrives, it's a whirlwind of wearing many different hats. We go from being a graduate's personal assistant to being a team player of the salons were in and out of. 

Every so often, were pulled aside by a graduate who feels graduation and everything that comes with this major achievement, would not be possible without the organization. Rather it was through lending her a dress, providing her with a scholarship or simply being a mentor in her life, we've alleviated hardship in more ways than one. We're thanked and told that we should be proud of the work we do. And when the graduates acknowledge our work and display appreciation for all that we do, it is only a bonus. Because I can tell you, that is not why myself or our team, volunteer for The Princess Shop. 

I volunteer because of everything I just shared with you. Though it is only a glimpse of the expectations and experiences that come with the position. If you read between the lines, it's quite easy to recognize that this organization pushes you to become better for yourself and the community. It's a doorway to seeing what community means and what our community offers. It's a way to feel empowered through empowering other women. It further develops various life skills that one utilizes in their everyday life. Skills such as Communication and Leadership skills. And it overall provides you with an experience that changes your life while changing others' lives

Chelsey is one of a group of amazing individuals who make The Princess Shop a magical place through their passion and dedication. Does this sound like your kind of crew? We are looking to fill some more roles and would love to have you if this post spoke to you. Click here!

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The 10th Anniversary Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses was a Success!

posted by The Princess Shop    |   April 6, 2017 15:42

What an amazing evening! Last night The Princess Shop celebrated our 10th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses presented by K+S Potash Canada! The Glass Slipper Benefit is our biggest fundraiser, and one of the most important nights of the year for our program. This is just one of the reasons why we have such gratitude for our amazing list of sponsors. Without the help of these sponsors, this evening wouldn't be possible. Without further ado, we'd like to take a minute to thank the following: To our title sponsor, K + S Potash Canada, to our dinner sponsor KPMG, our entertainment sponsor AREVA Resources Canada, and to all of our supporting sponsors Strata Development and McFaull Consulting... THANK YOU!

 

 

 The Princess Shop would like to extend a heartfelt thank you and appreciation to all of the following sponsors for their generous support of the 10th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses:

4Cats Art Studio

A Head of Time

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)

Agrium Women's Leadership Group

Al Anderson's

Alchemy

Amy's Plantscaping

Apex Trampoline Park

Area

AREVA Resources Canada

Back Then & Again

Balloonatic YXE

Bella Sante MD Cosmetic & Laser Clinic

Beverly Ashdown Nail Studio

Black Fox Farm & Distillery

Blossoms Living

Bombargo

Bon Temps Cafe

Brandon Ziola, Mikes Beverage Company

Build-a-Bear Workshop

Business Furnishings Saskatchewan

Cabi

Cactus Club Cafe

Cakes by Kait

Calistaprints

Carolyn Schur

Carstar

Centennial 360

Chianti Cafe

Cindy Moleski Photography and Framing

Citizen Cafe and Bakery

City Perks

Connie and Patrick Slack

Courtney Willick - Independent Arbonne Consultant

Crossmount Cidery

Crushed Accessories

DancEgypt Dance Company

Delta Bessborough

Dr. Parviz Yazdani

Dragon's Den

Earth Sisters (Jewelry, Art, Home Decor & Whimsy)

Eastview Bowl (Hunter's Bowling)

Eb's Source for Adventure

elizabethLyn Jewelry

Elk Ridge Resort

Enactus

Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Epic Alliance

Ernst & Young

Federated Cooperatives Ltd.

Freedom Functional Fitness

Fresh Living

Funky Petals

FYIDoctors

Gerald Murray Photography

Glitch Gifts and Novelties

Green Ark Collected Home

Gregg Bamford- Saskatoon Residential

Handy Special Events

Harden & Huyse Chocolates

Harley Davidson

Harvest Meats

Hawood Inn

Hillberg & Berk

Hugo Alvarado

Humboldt Sobeys

Impact Marketing Services

In The Mix DJ and Bartending Services

Infinity Management

Inland Audio Visual

J and S Picture Warehouse

Jami Young

Joelle Tomlinson/Global Saskatoon

Joi Photography

K+S Potash Canada

Kal Tire (downtown)

Kal Tire (stonebridge)

Kaylee Smisko Makeup Artistry

Keen, Wanda (Photographer)

Kelly Block MP, Saskatoon-Rosetown

Keo's

Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon

KPMG

KR Jewelry

Lauren Ethridge - Artist

Lavish Blowout Bar

Le Lash Boutique

Lead Pilates

Lia Reese Cosmetics

Lifecycle Spin Studio

Little Luba

Living Sky Marketing

Londin Lash

Lucky Bastard Distillers

Lux Events

M&M Meats

Mar's Mini Golf

Market Mall

Mary-Kay

MC College

McFaull Consulting

Merle Norman Cosmetics

Michelle's Flowers

Midtown Plaza

Modern Sole Saskatoon

Moksha Yoga

Motion Fitness

Move N Soar

Moxie's Classic Grill

Ness Creek Recreational Society

Nicole Marie Photography

Nixynn's Nursery and baby Boutique

North Ridge Development Corporation

Nosh Eatery & Tap

Novo Esthetics Studio

Oakwood Nissan

Om Improvements

One Tooth Saskatoon

Panago Pizza

Patricia Katz

Pay it Forward Saskatoon

Persephone Theatre

PickNik's Fine Food and Catering

Prairie Sun Brewery

Prairieland Park

Praxis School of Entrepreneurship

Pretty Little Shoes

proACTIVE Fitness

Professional Institute of Massage

Provincial Car Service

Quint Development

Rachael Meckling

Rawlco Radio

Rayacom Printing

Revamp Salon and Spa

Riverbend Dental

Road Coffee Co

Rock Paper Scissors Salon

Rodan + Fields - Kristen Thoms

Rosie & the Riveters

Ryde YXE

Salon Centre

Saskatoon Fashion Design Festival

Saskatoon Loves Pilates

Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra

SaskPower

SaskTel

Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival

Science of Make Up

Scoles Fine Arts and Framing

ScotiaBank

SeneGence Independent Distributor - Reagan Conway

Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan

Sharai Siemens Photography

Sheila's State of the Arts Flowers

Shelley Novakoski

Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon

SIGA

Snap Fitness

Spa Academy

Stan Garchinski

Sticks and Stones

Strata Development

Summit Sports + Health

SWITCH

T Squared Social

Tantrix - Danielle Andreas

TCU Place

TD Bank

Ten Thousand Villages

The Awl Shoppe

The Better Good

The Centre Mall

The Chamber of Commerce

The Karma Cafe & Conscious Eatery

The Mall at Lawson Heights

The Oil Tree

The Original Nosh

The Prairie Lily, Prairie River Cruises

The Sandbox in the City Clothing Co.

The Suites at Waskesiu

The Underground Cafe

Those Girls at the Market

Three Farmers

Three Treasures Tonics

Tommy Guns

Trail Appliances

Traxx Footwear

True Leaf Collection

Tu Bees

Turning the Tide

Twigs and Squirrels

Twisted Goods

Two Fifty Two Boutique

U of S Bookstore

Una Pizzeria and Wine

Uncle Mikes All Natural Products

Winston's English Pub

Wolf Willow Winery

Wright Construction Western Inc.

Our event wouldn't have the same impact without the generous donations from organizations like this in our community. We are proud to be located in Saskatoon where the people are as kind as they are generous. Thank you to these sponsors, The Princess Shop has helped 756 girls in our community.

Special thanks to Joelle Tomlinson of Global Saskatoon for emceeing the evening and to Rosie & The Riveters who put on a lively performance at the end of the evening! To our Keynote speakers Caci, Sasha, Nadine, Rylee, Kayla, Zoya, Aaron, Desiree and Revena; you all spoke beautifully about your experiences and challenges and your stories touched our audience greatly, thank you for sharing them with us. 

The Princess Shop wants to thank YOU for your continued support? Do you want a free pair of Hillberg & Berk Sparkle Ball earrings? Email info@theprincessshop.ca with your full name and phone number, and name ONE of our supporting sponsors to be entered to win! Winner will be contact on Monday, April 10th. Good luck everyone! 
 
From our community of volunteers and Princesses past, present, and future..... from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU. Our community thrives because of your generosity.

Much Love,

The Princess Shop

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The Princess Shop's Holiday Spiritraiser

posted by The Princess Shop    |   November 14, 2016 09:58

That's right, The Princess Shop's Wineraiser is back and better than before with The First Annual Princess Shop Holiday Spiritraiser. If you participated in the first wineraiser you'll understand how this is going to work, but there's more.

With a $20 donation there is a choice for a minimum donation of one bottle of wine, one 6-pack of beer, or one 375 mL bottle (mickey) of liquor. There is no limit on the number of donations and you will have the chance to win back all of your alcohol donations. The draw for the Holiday Spiritraiser will take place on December 8th, so don't miss your chance to get your donations in! The prize breakdown will be as follows: 

1st place receives 35% of all alcohol collected

2nd place receives 25% of all alcohol collected

3rd place receives 15% of all alcohol collected

4th place receives 5% of all alcohol collected

5th place receives 5% of all alcohol collected

6th place receives 5% of all alcohol collected

7th place receives 5% of all alcohol collected

8th place receives 5% of all alcohol collected

So here are the Official Rules of The Princess Shop's Holiday Spiritraiser:

1) Minimum donation of one bottle of wine, one 6-pack of beer, or one 375 mL bottle of liquor and $20 

2) For every additional $20 donation your name will be entered into the draw again! (For example a $60 donation means 3 entries to the draw!)

3) Homemade wine, beer or alcohol will not be accepted

4) Final draw will be on December 8th, 2016

This is an excellent fundraiser to get you set up for hosting this Holiday Season and we wouldn't want you to miss out! So, be sure to contact a Princess Shop volunteer, email info@theprincessshop.ca, or phone (306) 222-3311 for more information and to get your donations in! Cheers! 

An Exciting Start to The Princess Shop's 10th Year

posted by The Princess Shop    |   October 6, 2016 12:14

Back to School means back to routines and getting down to business, which is what we’ve been doing at The Princess Shop! The change of season has the The Princess Shop team changing gears from summer and getting ready for the exciting year ahead of us!

The Princess Shop team had a great summer that was kicked off with The Perfectly Pink Appreciation BBQ, which was an awesome opportunity to celebrate a successful graduation season with all of our Princess Graduates. This summer we had a number of fundraisers including our first ever Wine-raiser, Firkin Friday at Fionn MacCool’s and Broadway Street Fair with KR Jewelry. Our volunteers also had so much fun with Back Then & Again Jewelry, selling old inventory at The Saskatoon Comic and Entertainment Expo

 

 

Now that the summer is over and autumn (or winter?!) is upon us, The Princess Shop team has been getting back to routine and planning events for the coming months! The 2016/2017 Fairy Godmother Program has commenced! The first official activity in September was held at the University of Saskatchewan. The program coordinators, Emily and Susan, created a photo scavenger hunt for the matches to have fun with. This activity was to expose the Princess Graduates to campus in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, while working together with their Fairy Godmother. Some of the questions were designed to get them thinking about post-secondary studies and what they would possibly like to pursue, and others were just for fun! The activity was also a great form of exercise as the matches were running back and forth all over campus! The October activity will consist of a self-confidence workshop put on by MASALA Model & Talent. Future activities that the coordinators are looking into are a self defense classes, healthy cooking classe, and a personal finance session with TD Bank to name a few!

Coming up we are having The Fourth Annual Steak Fundraiser for The Princess Shop at The Sutherland Bar for the Saskatchewan Roughriders' away game vs. The Toronto Argonauts on October 15, 2016. This is going to be a fun event to cheer on The Riders, while supporting The Princess Shop! There will be a number of awesome raffle prizes that will be available to win! Tickets are only $20 and you can get yours by contacting The Princess Shop at info@theprincessshop.ca or phone (306) 222-3311!

Last, but certainly not least getting back to routine means starting to plan for the 10th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses! The Princess Shop volunteer team has already started brainstorming in preparation to make this year the biggest and best year yet! Make sure you save the date for April 5, 2017, it’s going to be an event you don’t want to miss!

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t: 306-222-3311

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