The Maker’s Hub is a place built by and exclusively for Maker’s
We are a brick and mortar space that compliments the handmade, home-based businesses in Durham Region and surrounding area.
The Maker’s Hub is a wonderful way for businesses to show customer appreciation through offering a convenient, one-stop pickup shop. At the same time, we provide added security and increased customer retention for the maker.
The Maker’s Hub offers other maker-friendly services and support, like in-house and online advertising, and workshop space.
‘We take care of porch pickup so you don’t have to!’
Hi, I’m Ella the creator/maker behind My Little Moccs.
I had the idea to start my business 3 years ago when I went looking for moccasins for my then 8-month-old daughter. When she started crawling and standing I was in search of a fashionable and functional shoe that would stay on her feet. After a little research, I decided that moccs would be a perfect choice. I then looked for a local company to purchase from and could only find one on the west coast. My creative side had an AH HA moment and I decided to see if this was something I could possibly make myself! I had never sewed before, yet I went to Walmart and bought my first sewing machine. After a little (okay lots) practice My Little Moccs was born a few months later. I’m now a stay at home mom of 2, running my own small business!
When I started all of this I never realized the community of makers and small shop supporters I would meet along the way. I feel so lucky to be a part of the amazing group of makers who are some of my biggest supporters and now friends.
I want to pass on this quote that was shared from another small shop back when I first started.
“When you buy from a mom or pop business, you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home.
You are helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy get his team jersey, a mom or dad put food on the table, a family pay a mortgage or a student pay for college.
Our customers are our shareholders and they are the ones we strive to make happy.”
I’m beyond grateful for all of the love and support our community has shown me. Thank you for choosing to shop local and handmade!
On The Blog
A Maker’s Story
Personally Papered began in 2014, shortly after returning to work from maternity leave. I desperately wanted to have the work-life balance we all dream of. I dropped from full-time to part-time and started up my maker business. I immediately fell in love with the maker community and Personally Papered. It was the perfect fit. It was my happy place.
It became apparent early on with my home-made business, that there was an opportunity to improve the current method of exchanging with customers. The current ‘norm’ of ‘porch pick up’ was too problematic and not quite convenient enough. It just didn’t jive. I began brainstorming ideas to solve the problems I was faced with; privacy, safety, security, convenience, theft, error. And I knew I wasn’t the only one.
After a lot of thought and consideration, The Maker’s Hub was born. Well, actually, first it was named ‘Porch Pick Up’, then, ‘The Maker’s Niche’ and eventually became ‘The Maker’s Hub’. Planning, sharing and market research had begun. It was an exciting time for me as I have always been entrepreneurial and this was feeding all my business desires!
After about 2 years of planning, contemplating, sharing with my trusted inner circle and with my husband by my side, I took a deep breath and made the leap. There was no turning back for me at that point. It was a fact, the makers needed The Maker’s Hub and I was going to be the one to step up to the challenge.
As of August 2017, I officially incorporated, signed my lease agreement and handed in my letter of resignation to my part-time job at the bank. Things got real in a hurry and haven’t stopped since.
If you want to hear more about my story, please visit my blog post ‘A Maker’s Story’
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