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Our 10th Graduation Season a Success!

posted by The Princess Shop    |   August 15, 2017 11:30

"Thank you so much to everyone that helped me make this day truly special for me. When I first found out about the princess shop I never knew it was this amazing ! It was truly a day I will NEVER forget. I felt like a princess for sure and I got so many compliments on my make up hair and especially my gorgeous dress ! Thank you thank you thaaaaank you!" -Dacy, 2017 Princess Graduate

This June, we completed our 10th graduation season providing the Dress Program to 134 female-identified students graduating from school programs from 10 different communities across Saskatchewan.

Since the first graduation season in 2008, we have directly impacted the lives of 890 women on their graduation day! Some of these Princess Graduates have continued with our programs for mentorship (Fairy Godmother Program) and scholarships and skill development workshops (Next Chapter Program). 

We would like to express our sincere thanks to our sponsors for supporting our 10th graduation season:

Diamond Sponsor Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon

Emerald Sponsor Federated Co-operatives Ltd.

Ruby Sponsor Wright Construction Western Inc.

Friends: SIGA, Centennial 360, EY

 

 

Sponsor a Princess Graduate: Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation

Since 2010, we have had 65 mentorship matches in the Fairy Godmother Program! Some of these matches that are in the program today have continued from as far back as 2010.

Through the Next Chapter Program, we have been able to award over $150,000 in scholarships and bursaries, thanks to the amazing sponsors we have had contributing to this program. 

Most of our graduates are grade 12 students, however we honour requests from Grade 8s and post-secondary institutions. Our goal is to ensure that all female-identified students can attend their graduation ceremony and celebration stress-free, and then continue to pursue success in the next chapter!

It is more than a dress – everyone deserves the opportunity to recognize their accomplishments and participate fully in their graduation celebration. If you know anyone who would benefit from knowing about The Princess Shop (teacher, student or general supporter), please send them a link to our website!

Photography by: Wanda Keen Photography

Hair by: MC College

Makeup by: Spa Academy

Corsages: Blossoms Living

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7 Reasons Why You Should Visit The Karma Cafe in Saskatoon

posted by The Princess Shop    |   April 19, 2017 14:52

 

1. 3% of your purchase will be donated to a local nonprofit/charity. The Princess Shop is the lucky and grateful beneficiary February-July 2017. This speaks to their name, The Karma Café – Conscious Café & Eatery. This local business was built upon the philosophy that it goes beyond serving the community delicious food, to giving back to the community.

2. The owners are the nicest people you’ll ever meet. This attitude is also reflected in the staff which is always welcoming and helpful.

3. Their Bulletproof Chai Latte. If you haven’t tried it, what are you waiting for? It is great iced or hot, and has the perfect balance of Black Chai Tea, Grass fed Butter, Coconut Oil, Raw Honey, Dash of cream, Ginger, Cinnamon, and Turmeric. This among their other amazing teas, lattes and hot smoothies… so delicious!

4. Located in beautiful downtown Saskatoon. Located at 157 2nd Ave North, this spot is super accessible by all modes of transportation, and they have a cute sidewalk patio!

5. The décor is both cozy and bright. It makes you want to bring your favorite book or journal, friend for a catch-up, or a date – it appeals to all!

6. The Nighttime Menu launches tonight (April 20) and it is full of amaaaaaaaazing food and cocktails. Our Executive Director, Karen, received a special invite to the preview tasting and can’t stop thinking about the Dim Sums, Samosa Flautas, or the Key Lime Beergarita. The Nighttime Menu be offered Thursday-Saturdays 6pm-10pm.

7. So many other reasons… Including the fact they hosted our Fairy Godmother Program mentorship group after hours for two nights in March, they attended our Glass Slipper Benefit, and they are planning a fundraiser (stay tuned)!

In closing, local businesses like The Karma Café are so important to support as they are built to better the community through experience and giving back. Please plan your next trip to The Karma Café soon!

How the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon Serves the Community's Greatest Needs

posted by The Princess Shop    |   January 6, 2017 16:29

The Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon's mandate is to "Serve the Community's Greatest Need.” The Princess Shop is honoured to be among the many worthy causes in the city being supported by this volunteer organization. 

The Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon have been a major sponsor of the Dress Program since the 2011-2012 graduation season, as Diamond Sponsor! This commitment and support has allowed The Princess Shop to grow and flourish over the years, and this year we are celebrating our 10th graduation season supporting Saskatchewan’s graduating women in need! With last year’s 127 Princess Graduates, we anticipate another busy year ensuring graduating students in the province have an equivalent graduation experience to their peers!

As a nonprofit group, the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon puts on many initiatives throughout the year to raise funds that will go directly back into the community. It is important for the greater community to pay attention to these events, because their success is spread across so many initiatives in the community from grassroots sports to cultural events to social impact organizations like The Princess Shop! 

Keep an eye out for these fundraisers put on by the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon:

Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner - Feb 3rd, 2016 (tickets on sale now, here!) - The 57th Annual Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner pays tribute to hockey legend Guy Lafleur with special guests Mario Lemieux, Luc Robitaille, and GM of the Montreal Canadiens, Marc Bergevin.

Kinsmen Home Lotto – Spring and Early Summer

Kinsmen Car Awards – July/August

Aside from fundraisers, the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon also creates accessible experiences for the community:

Special Needs Shopping Night – November every year

Special Needs Movie Matinee – Spring and Fall

Kinsmen Day at the Zoo – Late June – Enjoy free access to the Saskatoon Forestry Farm 

Kinsmen Day at the Children’s Discovery MuseumMonthly free admission for all to enjoy one of Saskatoon's newest museums! The next one is on January 22!

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

Pretty Little Shoes Gives Back to The Princess Shop

posted by The Princess Shop    |   August 23, 2016 19:32

 

 

 

Pretty Little Shoes creates an at-home shoe shopping experience while giving back to local women’s charities such as The Princess Shop! Pretty Little Shoes is an e-commerce initiative founded in January 2016 by Baillie Janex with majority of sales being online or through home Shoe Parties. Baillie is passionate about giving back to the community and that’s how Pretty Little Shoes became involved with The Princess Shop! For every 150 pairs of shoes sold through Pretty Little Shoes home parties a brand new pair of shoes will be donated to The Princess Shop to be used by Princess Graduates participating in The Dress Program

 

We have asked Baillie a few questions about Pretty Little Shoes and her involvement with The Princess Shop:

  

Q1: Tell us about Pretty Little Shoes

 

Pretty Little Shoes is a home and ecommerce based shoe company located in Saskatoon. The bread and butter of Pretty Little Shoes is the in-home shoe party.

 

Shoe parties are so much fun - we bring a selection of shoes for you and your girlfriends to try on, purchase, and take home the day of the party. What better way to spend an afternoon/ evening then trying on shoes with your girlfriends?! In addition, we also offer one-on-one shoe shopping appointments, shopping via our online store, and we also have Facebook and Instagram so our customers can stay in the know about all things Pretty Little Shoes.

 

Currently we carry ladies shoes from size 5-11, but also carry a small selection of little girl shoes. We offer a wide variety of shoe styles (boots, heels, flats, sandals, booties), and carry a wide array of brands.

 

Q2: Tell us about yourself! Why did you wish to be involved with The Princess Shop?

 

I am an entrepreneur, student, runner, friend, and volunteer. I love the flexibility that my business allows me to have. Each day is a different schedule and brings something new - which is good because it keeps me on my toes. :)

 

When I first started Pretty Little Shoes, it was a priority of mine to find a local organization that we would be able to give back to. I know a couple ladies who are Fairy GodMothers with The Princess Shop and they have expressed how much they love their roles, so The Princess Shop was an obvious choice. Not only is it wonderful that they provide graduation attire for the Princesses, but offering mentoring to these young ladies is very encouraging.

  

Q3: How does The Princess Shop benefit from your involvement?

 

I'm very excited to be involved with The Princess Shop! Every woman deserves to have a day that they get to dress up and feel gorgeous and if we can help by providing a pair of shoes, then I am so happy to be involved. Pretty Little Shoes is excited to donate one pair of shoes to The Princess Shop for every 150 pairs of shoes that we sell. We also gladly accept donations from our customers/ hostesses that we pass on to The Princess Shop.

 

Q4: What was your graduation experience like? Your dress?

 

To be honest, I wasn't overly excited about graduation and the dress up experience. I used to say I was going to wear a brown paper bag to my graduation. But when I went dress shopping and found a dress that actually looked good on my tiny frame, I got so excited! It was a gorgeous strapless, navy blue dress with ruching.

 

Graduation was always something that scared me a little - fear of the day, fear of what would lie ahead, and saying good-bye to many friends who I had become so close to. But my graduation day was close to perfection. I have so many fond memories of that day, whether it be the ceremony, getting dressed up, or spending the day with my friends.

 

Q5: If you could give Princess Graduates a word of advice, what would it be?

 

If I could give a word of advice to Princess Graduates it's this - Work hard. Dream big. Have faith. Don't settle. Success isn't just handed to you - you have to work for it. Surround yourself with people who inspire you, lift you up, encourage you, and love you just the way you are.

 

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Good things can happen if you stay within your comfort zone but great things happen if you step out and see what else is out there.

 

The Princess Shop is grateful for local initiatives that can give back to our Princess Graduates in unique ways! You can find Pretty Little Shoes online, to shop or book a home party, at www.prettylittleshoesonline.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PrettyLittleShoes. You can also find them on Instagram @pretty.little.shoes and using the hashtag #PLShoes. Check it out for back to school shopping and you will also be contributing to a good cause, The Princess Shop!

After The Dress, there's the Perfectly Pink BBQ!

posted by The Princess Shop    |   August 4, 2016 19:34

For The Princess Shop, high school graduation is about much more than a diploma. For our Princess Graduates it is about making sure the young women in our community know that they are supported in their school work, celebrated at their graduation, and encouraged to pursue their post-secondary dreams.

The makeup washes away, the dresses are returned, and the photos are developed, but the story doesn't end there. Enter the Perfectly Pink BBQ presented by Kari Calder Realty. This is our post-graduation celebration. A time where we bring together all three of our programs: The Fairy Godmother Program (our mentorship program), the Next Chapter Program (our scholarship program), and our Dress Program (where we ultimately celebrate every single graduate that wore, or has ever worn a dress from the Princess Shop. 

As the saying goes, it truly does "take a village", so without further ado, we'd like to thank our list of generous sponsors that help fuel our programs, and ultimately make it possible for our team of volunteers to put on an event like the The Perfectly Pink BBQ.

Kari Calder Realty - Our generous Title Sponsor
Sask Energy - For their Community BBQ Program
Joi Photography - For documenting our event with beautiful photos
Astro Jump Saskatoon - For the bouncy castle that kept the kids (and volunteers) playing all evening
Spadina Freehouse - For donating ice
Hub City Display For helping get us setup with the right sound equipment
Saskatoon Child and Youth Friendly For bringing out their child and youth volunteers to help us run the event!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to every sponsor, volunteer, and member of the community that has supported the Princess Shop through our 2015/2016 graduation season!

Much Love,

The Princess Shop 
 

Marie Gould of Spa Academy presents a full tuition scholarship to a 2016 Princess Graduate!

Guests enjoy a BBQ cooked up by SaskEnergy!

Title Sponsor, Kari Calder of Kari Calder Realty addressed the crowd about why she is involved with The Princess Shop.

Fairy Godmother congratulates Princess Graduate upon announcement of a scholarship award!

The kind youth at Child & Youth Friendly Saskatoon volunteered at the BBQ to make everything smooth!

Calling All Fairy Godmothers!

posted by The Princess Shop    |   April 28, 2016 23:32

Calling all Fairy Godmothers! The Princess Shop is now accepting applications for the Fairy Godmother Program! Are you interested in making a difference in a young woman’s life? The Fairy Godmother Program was developed to create positive impact through concrete relationships between Princess Graduates who come through The Princess Shop’s dress program and established women from the community. These relationships contribute to the successful transition out of high school and to the future accomplishments of the Princess Graduates. The importance of friendship and guidance, something seemingly simple, and the positive effect this can have on a young woman is life changing. A consistent friend to encourage and believe in a Princess Graduate not only boosts her confidence but helps her to realize and achieve her dreams.  

The Fairy Godmother Program runs from September – March, getting together once a month for a fun activity as a group! Fairy Godmothers meet their Princess Graduates at the annual Perfectly Pink BBQ in July, with an additional opportunity to spend time as a match and meet the rest of the wonderful ladies in the program in August before it officially starts in September.

 For more information or to download the application form please click the following link: 

http://theprincessshop.ca/blog/page/mentorship-program.aspx

We look forward to meeting you!

The Fairy Godmother Program Coordinators,

Susan Winmill & Emily Dyrland

susan@theprincessshop.ca
emily@the princessshop.ca      

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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12 - 1622 Ontario Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7K 1S8
t: 306-222-3311

Karen Robson, Executive Director

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