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Lucy Reimer, who bases Lucy Designs out of her Westman-area home, will be showcasing and giving away about 70 of her handmade handbags in the celebrity gifting lounge during the Toronto International Film Festival next week.
You never know, but you and actress Halle Berry might soon have something in common. A Lucy Designs custom-designed bag, that is.
Lucy Reimer has the opportunity of a lifetime, equivalent to any Canadian small business owner winning a marketing lottery.
Reimer, who bases Lucy Designs out of her Westman-area home, is headed to Toronto next weekend to be a part of the celebrity gifting lounge at the Toronto International Film Festival, (TIFF).
She will give away about 70 of her one-of-a-kind bags to celebrities visiting the tent. Expected to attend TIFF and pay a visit to the celebrity gifting lounge are celebrities like Berry, Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow and Selena Gomez.
Reimer is a costumer for Dance Images and has been making children’s clothes and costumes with a standard sewing machine and a serger for more than 20 years. She added her purses to the mix about seven years ago.
Someone from Amazing Fashion Magazine spotted her bags at one of the big-city craft shows she attends and she and her designs were featured in the July issue of the publication.
A couple of weeks ago, a promotions person representing TIFF saw the article and contacted her about featuring her bags in the gifting lounge.
"This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity. It’s one of those things I cannot not do," said Reimer, who will be driving 26 hours to Toronto with her husband and her bags this week. "This promoter has worked with Beyoncé and Usher. Etalk and other media will be going through there. I’m very excited."
Reimer normally sells her bags, which range in price from $65 to $125, at major craft shows in Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary and Edmonton. She is scheduled to have her bags at The Big One craft show at Westman Place in October.
Visit Lucy Designs online at lucydesigns.ca.
Extending Sunday shopping hours has agreed with Giant Tiger in Brandon.
About a month ago, Giant Tiger, located at 2626 Victoria Ave., along with a host of other businesses like Home Depot and Walmart, took advantage of the new provincial bylaw that allows businesses to open their doors for extended hours on Sundays.
"We’re actually getting quite a bit of traffic before noon on Sundays," said Giant Tiger manager Curtis Keber. "About 100 more customers before noon on Sundays. It definitely makes it worth it."
It’s not the first time Giant Tiger has extended its hours to keep shoppers happy. In the spring of 2011, the store started opening at 8 a.m. to try to provide more convenient shopping hours for those displaced by the spring flood.
The extended hours were so successful, Keber said, that the store in Brandon stuck with it. Now Giant Tiger is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Visit them online at gianttiger.com.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 1, 2012