You know that feeling when your panties match your bra? Oh yeah girl bosses we do! Move over Beyonce we about to get our strut on! Say hello to Brittany the boss babe from Thee Lingerie Shop – Specializing in all things undergarments for over 35 years. PS the background history behind these closed doors is super cute!
Brittany – THEE LINGERIE SHOPPE
WHAT DO YOU MAKE/SELL? TELL US ABOUT YO’ SELF.
We sell quality lingerie, bras, panties, maternity/nursing items, medical mastectomy lingerie and sports bras! All of our bras are directly from Europe to ensure the highest quality standards, laces and fabrics. European lingerie is known for it’s engineered products. All of our bras are made with 40+ pieces and largely handmade, in contrast to the offshore products made with less than 5 pieces and strictly machine made.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD YOUR BUSINESS?
Our company has been around since 1979 with our first location in Regina, Saskatchewan. We have since grown this past April with our second location in Calgary, Alberta.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
Our lingerie store was started by Laurette Bell & her partner, Louise Trudelle, in downtown Regina, SK. These women were amongst the first female entrepreneurs to bring high-end French Lingerie to Canada. In 2003, Laurette’s daughter, Linda Paul, took over the business and has since been successful at growing the business. In 2016, Linda’s daughter, Brittany Paul, and third generation in the business, opened their second location in Calgary, Alberta.
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WORK?
Growing up in an entrepreneurial environment inspires me daily. With both of my grandparents staring their own businesses 30+ years ago, both parents having their own companies, and now my fiancé and myself having our own companies, this is a daily push to strive for success. Without the support from loved ones that are also “crazy enough” to take a chance on their dreams, it would be a mental struggle.
WHAT DO YOU DREAM FOR YOUR BUSINESS IN THE FUTURE?
My dreams for the future would be to grow our new store in Calgary and make all women feel beautiful in their own skin. Educating women on the positive effects of a proper fitting bra means the world to our company. We believe all women should experience the pleasure of a proper fit because this truly is the foundation of our bodies. It is an amazing feeling when a woman leaves our store grinning from ear to ear because of how amazing she feels. I want all women to feel this way!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM AND WHY?
My favorite social media platform is Facebook. We are on Instagram and Twitter as well, but I find a wider range of age groups use Facebook and it allows us to contact with our customers. We show them new products, have contests and can easily communicate with our customers.
HOW DO YOU PICK YOURSELF UP WHEN THINGS GO WRONG?
I am a big family person. When I’m feeling down after a slow day at work, or a stressful moment, I reflect with family members. I often confide in my mother, Linda. She has 14 years’ experience with owning our Regina operation, and she always has the right encouraging words that inspire you to pick yourself up and start a fresh day the following day.
. WHAT’S ONE THING NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT YOU? GIVE US AN INTERESTING FACT!
I am obsessed with traveling! Starting a business was a challenge in realizing that I would have to put traveling on hold, in order for my business to succeed. Many people think as a “boss babe” you can set your own hours and travel when you want. I truly believe that you need to commit yourself 150% to your business, and must be there all the time in order for it to flourish. I am fascinated by European cultures, and I also did an exchange abroad in Japan!
IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY SUPER POWER WHAT WOULD IT BE?
To be a mind reader!
WHAT ARE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES? (Please include links)
Facebook Business: Thee-Lingerie-Shoppe
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOUR STUFF?
You can find us at our retail store Monday-Saturday at A104 1600 90th Ave SW, Calgary, AB (Glenmore Landing), or online at www.tlsbras.com or our Facebook/Instagram pages @theelingerieshoppe