The West Coast Wire

Loving the world through her business

Corner Brook woman offering natural products at The Bell Bottom

- KAITLYNN NORDAL

What started as an attempt to better the world has turned into a thriving business for Tiffany Vincent in Corner Brook.

There’s quite a journey that led to the business now called The Bell Bottom.

“I have a passion for the outdoors, nature, being natural, sustainabl­e and doing what we can to give back to the Earth for everything the Earth gives us,” said Vincent.

In January, Vincent found she enjoyed sewing.

“I picked it up and thought I want to make a pair of patchwork pants,” said Vincent.

This then turned into the idea to make bell bottoms.

“It took me about 20 pairs to get it right because I was new to sewing,” she said, laughing.

Vincent then had the idea to go to thrift stores to upcycle pants she could customize for people since they had been compliment­ing the ones Vincent was making for herself.

In April, Vincent told her partner about her idea to turn this project into an actual store and he recommende­d also selling natural and sustainabl­e products since that’s where Vincent’s heart lies.

“More people are wanting to change their lifestyle to this,” said Vincent. “Not only is it good for the environmen­t but it’s good for their health as well.”

Vincent began doing research about what would be the best local and Canadian products to sell if she were to open a store.

“I did some research in April and May and connected with some great businesses; 90 per cent of them are women entreprene­urs,” said Vincent.

She was then prepared to open as a smaller store at the beginning of June.

“A lot of the products on the shelves are harmful for our skin but people turn to these products because they are popular (and) the packaging it comes in is polluting our environmen­t so it’s not a good cycle,” said Vincent.

All of Vincent’s products are made from things such as flowers, herbs, and plants.

“They are natural vegetation that is from Canada,” said Vincent.

“You can look at the ingredient­s in my products and you know what those products are. None of them are anything you can’t pronounce or you have to look up,” continued Vincent.

When deciding how to price her products it was important to Vincent to have none of her products over $25.

“I wanted to come up with something that would allow students and people with lower incomes to afford these natural products,” said Vincent.

This price point also comes from Vincent’s student days so she understand­s finances can’t always be stretched.

“I would go to these stores and look at their prices and wonder how people could afford them. People can’t live a natural and sustainabl­e lifestyle if they must pay so much for products,” said Vincent.

It was also important to Vincent to refrain from any plastic packaging and sell bamboo products such as toothbrush­es.

Vincent had her first popup store on June 17 in Corner Brook Plaza.

“It was extremely successful,” said Vincent. “It blew my mind there is a want for these products.”

For a full list of Vincent’s products, to see her special bell bottom pants and upcoming popups, check her website at thebellbot­tom.store.

 ?? TIFFANY VINCENT PHOTOS ?? Tiffany Vincent is doing well with her pop-up shop, The Bell Bottom, in Corner Brook. The business focuses on natural and sustainabl­e products and more pop-ups will be taking place.
TIFFANY VINCENT PHOTOS Tiffany Vincent is doing well with her pop-up shop, The Bell Bottom, in Corner Brook. The business focuses on natural and sustainabl­e products and more pop-ups will be taking place.
 ?? ?? Living an environmen­tally conscious and sustainabl­e life has always been important to Tiffany Vincent, owner of The Bell Bottom. She shares this passion with customers through her various products.
Living an environmen­tally conscious and sustainabl­e life has always been important to Tiffany Vincent, owner of The Bell Bottom. She shares this passion with customers through her various products.

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