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Peekaboo Beans has been a large part of my life for the past 5 years. The journey began in 2007 when I first came across the brand online, and brought in a few pieces of the collection in my online children’s boutique. A year and a half ago, I switched gears from a retailer and became a Play Stylist and Ambassador with Peekaboo Beans. Over 5 years I have see Peekaboo Beans grow from a budding home-based operation, into an expanding business changing the way we dress our children, and the way we think about play, all while giving mothers an opportunity to own their own businesses.
I can’t tell you just how excited I was when the opportunity to visit the Peekaboo Beans Playground came up in October. I flew out to visit Traci, our Director of Play and PB’s founder, Amber & Kristen our other two Ambassadors, and to finally meet everyone that has been working so hard to make Peekaboo Beans what it is today. My visit was action packed, and truly left me changed. Over three days I had the chance to tour our head office and warehouse and meet everyone at the Playground! I got a sneak peek of some upcoming product launches and learned firsthand just what’s involved with getting all of your orders out the door and into your beans’ hands. I learned so much about our company’s culture, our vision and our goals, and took part in some planning sessions with our staff.
There was a warm welcome as we entered the doors, followed by lots of hugs as I finally had the chance to meet the amazing women (and Derrick!) that I’ve been working with for so long. After some training sessions, we had our hair styled in the Peekablo-tique. This little bit of pampering was a taste of our future, working for a company who stands for working moms and woman having it all. Next came a tour around the Playground, some team building with Playground staff and education on our systems and processes. The day wrapped up with a limo tour around Vancouver!
On our second day we took part in some goal setting sessions, had a chance to meet other Play Stylists in the Vancouver area (including Candy Sethi on my team, photo in the centre below), and then were treated to a night out at Traci’s home for dinner and dessert.
The day started off with morning yoga, one of the many perks of working at the Playground. The Ambassadors then took part in a meeting on building business one sprout at a time through recruiting. The day ended with a graduation ceremony, and lots of sad goodbyes (and happy beginnings!)
One of the biggest take-aways from my visit to Peekaboo Beans was realizing that we are on our way to becoming the greatest children’s clothing brand in the world, and I am so excited to be part of our growth! I can’t wait until I can go back again!