Young local entrepreneur expands event business with pop-up boutique

5

THIS BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON

Brought to you by these community-minded organizations because they recognize that
good business is good for everyone:


Wedding and event planner, Lucy Myers, who has made a name for herself as a young entrepreneur in Muskoka, is adding yet another creative endeavour to her repertoire—a pop-up boutique.

Myers grew up in Huntsville and spent winters travelling through Bali with her parents—they ran a retail store, Mazooma, for more than 15 years and took their daughters on buying trips to Southeast Asia. Those trips sparked Myers’ love for travel.

After high school, she attended George Brown College for fashion business and special event planning. She remained in Toronto to work in the industry, gaining experience in concerts, trade show booth design, fundraising events, and fashion show coordination.

“I take after my parents of being an entrepreneurial spirit,” said Myers. “When I was little and thought of my dream career, everything I had in my mind was to do with planning events.” Her childhood notebooks were filled with clips from magazines of menus, weddings, and event planning.

Myers said she always knew that eventually she would bring Lucy Myers Events home to Muskoka.

I love that there’s a new wave of young entrepreneurs in Huntsville. We as a community need to foster them.

After two years of successfully running Lucy Myers Events, Myers decided to expand her skill set into decor rental and Rented Gatherings was born.

Lucy Myers launched Rented Gatherings to complement her successful special events business

Lucy Myers launched Rented Gatherings to complement her successful wedding and special events business

Rented Gatherings offers curated displays for weddings and special events such as baby showers, significant birthdays, client appreciation events, and charity events. Items are artfully gathered in a tableau that includes furniture like couches, tables, arbours, chairs, and shelving, along with accessories and decor like frames, vases, candles, pillows, blankets, and signs. A furniture and decor package includes design and set-up.

“I want to create stylish gatherings so that everyone can have their dream Pinterest or magazine wedding day,” said Myers. “My goal is to make these rentals attainable for people in Muskoka while also supporting other local businesses and vendors such as florists and caterers.”

 

Thanks to her early travels, Myers dreamed of creating yet another business: a boutique store with items curated from her second home, Bali.

She is now planning to transform the Lucy Myers Events studio into the Drift pop-up boutique for summer 2019.

Myers has taken buying trips to Indonesia for Rented Gatherings and Lucy Myers Events, and planned to return for two months in early 2019 to meet with local artisans and choose the perfect pieces for her new venture. Drift will sell home decor (chairs, benches, poofs, gold hardware, wood carved items, pillows), resort wear (one-size-fits-all dresses, beach cover-ups, wrap pants), accessories (macrame/basket bags), and jewellery (gold rings, pearls, tassel earrings).

Lucy Myers selecting products for Drift in Bali (supplied)

Lucy Myers selecting products for Drift in Bali (supplied)

“I would describe Drift as effortlessly chic. Everything is hand-crafted and I got to meet all of the artisans in Bali, which was really special. I’m excited to bring all of these beautiful pieces to Muskoka,” said Myers.

Drift will officially launch on Friday, June 7 and will be located at the Lucy Myers Events studio, 6A Brunel Road, Huntsville. Drift’s hours will be posted on their Instagram feed closer to the launch date. You can follow along and see pieces that will be in the boutique at @drift.muskoka.

print

5 Comments

  1. Karen Cassian on

    I have had the pleasure of knowing Lucy since she was a young child. Even then her entrepreneurial talents were apparent. She takes after her two very talented and creative parents. I am always waiting to see what she is going to do next. Bravo Lucy for your latest creation of Drift, Muskoka.

  2. I used to live in Bracebridge, and Mazooma was my favourite store. Congratulations for extrapolating your business; letting it grow organically with your dreams. Another possible outlet for these beautiful rentals could be home sellers. Some of your furniture pieces and your smaller objets d’art would definitely assist with interior appeal. in fact, if there were more than 24 hours in a day; you could, no doubt, moonlight as an interior designer.
    .
    i love to see the triumph of hard work and imagination.

  3. Annie Cotnoir on

    I used to shop at Mazooma and love all the out of country furniture, art… Congrats nice to see young local entrepreneur back in Huntsville.

  4. Sharon Stahls on

    Always love reading about former students who follow their passion. I remember you and your family going on those buying trips for Mazooma. Your homework was to keep a journal along with some math thrown in. Still have my name plate you had made displayed on my school desk. Was often a conversation piece by visiting students because of its carved intricacies. Congrats and all the best my Friend!

    Retired Proud Principal

    Sharon Stahls

Leave a reply below. Comments without both first & last name will not be published. Your email address is required for validation but will not be publicly visible.