Lynnette Curtis's wraps are reusable beeswax food wraps, and the growing buzz around them are a testament to both her can-do mentality and good fortune in making a bee-line for an untapped and growing market in Nova Scotia.
In 2015, when a friend gave her a Christmas gift of reusable beeswax food wraps a western-Canadian company produced, Lynnette was intrigued.
She had always prided herself on being environmentally conscious, and she had never heard of such things.
She began experimenting with her own wraps, using them to wrap her and her husband's son's sandwiches for school and in other instances where typically plastic wrap is used.
Lynnette is certified in wellness techniques such as foot reflexology, aromatherapy and reiki, and she also used to make soaps and body care products.
The idea of producing the wraps for sale here began to take hold.
In May, she made a pitch to the Awesome Foundation South Shore, hoping to earn one of its monthly $1,000 awards, but it would take her to the June meeting before she was successful.
Lynnette credits the Awesome Foundation's money for giving her the ability to buy supplies, such as organic cotton and beeswax, so she could produce the wraps in bulk and pitch them at the farmers' markets.
After dabbling in the farmers' markets over the summer, Lynnette went on to start a full time job in September working as a teaching assistant, and juggled the wrap production on the side.
In time, she received a call from the Awesome Foundation's dean, Andrew Button, who also owns the businesses Mashup Lab and co-working space in Bridgewater called C03. Andrew had to have her to join Mashup Lab's #DreamBusiness program!
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