When we first opened The Labour District, our business plan was “throw everything at the wall and see what sticks.” We knew that we wouldn’t be able to offer a concrete plan right off the bat, and we were willing to be flexible while we became acquainted with Oshawa.
And it’s been a great learning experience so far.
One thing we didn’t offer, mostly because I wasn’t expecting it to be popular, was custom sewing. I don’t know why I wasn’t expecting anyone to ask for custom made pieces; they were in fairly steady demand when I lived in Toronto, even without a storefront. But it’s been one of our more popular sewing-related business transactions! I’ve been keeping track of all the custom orders I’ve sewn so far, and since mid-July I’ve sewn roughly a dozen different items! Wow!
Here’s the only garment I photographed: