In the Beginning
Kreative Design began as a little lady’s boutique in …my living room?! The boutique took over the whole upstairs of our home. So much fun!
From the beginning, we did fashion shows and photo shoots – there was always a mini fashion show going on in a corner of the shop somewhere. We even did a photo shoot contest for Mother’s Day in our back yard. The poor neighbours never knew what I was up to next! [Thanks to Photographer Kelly MacEachern]
I always had beautiful women with impeccable taste on my side, ready to model and shop.
I couldn’t believe how great the shop was doing, and it was in my living room. I was getting the itch to move. We were out-growing our home and neighbourhood. And there was so much more I wanted to do!
But… could I make it in the real world?
Sydney River Location
I knew it was time. So in May 2012, I took the leap of faith and rented a storefront at the back of the Sydney River Plaza.
At the BACK of the plaza. What the hell was I thinking!
Who would ever find us?
But as Mary Kay said, “If you build it, they will come!”
Our new location was PERFECT to showcase our unique fashions and styles… so we did. Every wall in our new shop was perfect for highlighting our fashions. Photographers were calling ME asking to use our space! It was a win-win.
For six years, Kreative Design flourished at the back of the Value Check Plaza. We carried fashion accessories from around the world, with a focus on local and Canadian designers. But it still wasn’t enough for me.
With my previous experience managing jewellery stores for other people, I knew what clients wanted. I was doing watch straps and batteries on site, but jewellery repairs were being sent away for work, just like most of the other stores on the island. I wanted to be equipped to offer ALL work on site. I had a big dream and a lifelong passion to offer full-service jewellery repair and design.
So in 2015, I hired a goldsmith and an apprentice goldsmith, and between us we began creating custom designs and executing jewellery repairs… ALL ON SITE! Right here in Cape Breton!
The jewellery repair and custom design business has continued to grow over the years. We’ve been recognized for our high quality workmanship and the best place in town to get your watch battery replaced or strap repaired!
Passing the Torch
In 2018, Mike Alteen from Alteen’s Jewellery decided it was time to hang up his torch and retire. He closed down his Charlotte Street shop after decades in the business.
We were honoured to be chosen to continue to honour all of Alteen’s warranty and repair work for their clients.
By 2018 we had a new goldsmith and a silversmith, along with two fashion consultants. We even acquired our distinguished mascot Shelly! I could feel we were beginning to out-grow our space yet again. It was time to move; just once more.
Front Shop Move
Planned for months, the newest and best location of all was executed: the FRONT of the Value Check Plaza in Sydney River!
Renos began on the fashion showroom, jewellery showcase, repair studios, and even an office just for me!
What has always set Kreative Design apart from our competition is our unique shopping atmosphere. Because we started in my home, I strive to keep that comfortable relaxed feel for our clients, and that translated into every choice I made – from wall colour to flooring. We rescued furniture from the side of the road and from buy & sell sites. Then staff member Gayle refinished it to fit perfectly with our colours and design.
Our new front counter was from a dentist office – we rescued it from going to the dump. A little paint and BAMM we have a gorgeous new front counter (complete with lots of bling, OF COURSE).
Our amazing staff and a group of friends and family worked together to get the new space ready for you all to shop and it has been coming together and evolving ever since.
In 2021, when the pandemic had calmed down for a moment, we continued our tradition and completed a photoshoot. We’re hoping to make this a regular thing! We love to showcase local locations and models as well as our clothing fashions and accessories.
We’ve expanded to include children’s and men’s wear as well as women’s clothing and accessories and this is going great.
We could never have done this without YOU!
For 2022, we’re upgrading our showroom and preparing to serve you even better.