We are stoked to announce that you can now buy locally starting in May! You can find select Kootz Rootz Apparel & Goods at the following locations:
1386 Cedar Ave
2118 Columbia Ave
The Protein Pub
620 Front Street
Fort Steele Heritage Town
9851 Highway 93/95
Fort Steele BC
Stay tuned for updates on all these great shops and give them a follow on social media! Our full line of apparel & goods will continue to be available at KootzRootz.com
Are you interested in carrying Kootz Rootz in your store? Are you a restaurant, coffee shop, or brew pub interested in us hosting a pop-up shop at your location? Please contact us for details.
Still hoping to pick up some goods in person in other areas? Don't worry, we are still planning a few markets and pop-up shops this Summer. We just can't quit you guys and love to see you all in real-time! Check out our events page to find out when we'll be in your neck of the woods.
Vote for us
If you follow us on social media, and read the blog regularly, you've probably heard that we have entered into the Fed Ex Canada Small Business Grant Contest. The top prize is $25k to grow your business (Whaaaaaat!?) The initial stage, to become a finalist, is largely based on votes. You can vote daily until May 13th and we would love to have your support!
The bio that they had on our voting page was quite short and didn't allow for us to share too much information, so if you are considering voting for us, we would love to fill you in on how we would actually make use of the money. Our top priorities would be:
- Expand our product line. This is priority number one. As a small, self-funded shop, keeping sizes and colour variants in stock can be challenging. We have so many ideas for new designs and the money would allow us to bring many of them to fruition!
- We want to be able to do more within the Kootenay community by collaborating with, and supporting, other entrepreneurs like us! We certainly don't know everything about running a business but we have had a lot of success and positive feedback on how we use social media and collaborate with other businesses. These are skills that we would love to be able to share with others through seminars, online courses and working on creative projects with people. To read more about our community involvement click here.
- Update our design software. We're both busy Mom's and try to balance and budget as much as possible in our households. Updating our Adobe CC (the main design programs we use to do our work) has been put on the back burner for years. We'd love to get our programs to the most current versions.
- And lastly, we'd really like to produce a video. Something that shows off our apparel and the Kootenays at the same time. We both have a background in art direction so being able to work with a professional or a multimedia team to really capture the essence of the brand would be an amazing opportunity!
If you think these ideas are worthy of a vote, head to this link! XOXO