Why an Interview,,,

Over the years we have been able to meet and talk with some very interesting people. They have shared with us their knowledge and have provided us with a great deal of insight as to how and why festivals and events work and why they are so important to our communities and to the Province of Ontario. With this in mind, we decided that we wanted you to meet and hear from some of the wonderful people who work so hard to provide us all with such wonderful Ontario Festivals and Events! We are pleased and proud to present "THE INSIDE SCOOP"!

Monday, June 8, 2015

“What’s in a Name?” ~ “Vendors Talk!”

Our “THE INSIDE SCOOP” interview with Cyndee Barrette, Sole Proprietor Crazy Bitch BBQ Sauce continues. We hope you enjoy this series of “THE INSIDE SCOOP”.

Ginger & Finnegan
Inspiration for "Crazy Bitch BBQ Sauce"

Cyndee Barrette, Sole Proprietor
“What’s in a Name?”
While I spoke with Cyndee, we talked about her choice of name. Ontario Visited has written about “It’s all in the Name”; “The Name can Make or Break an Event” and so on. Being competitive in the industry is a challenge and so is “Being Seen”! Cyndee points out to me that with her choice of name for her business allows her to be andBeing Seen” and “Being Remembered”. We will talk later in this interview with Cyndee about this process.
“Vendors Talk!”
Over the years, Ontario Visited has written a few articles about Vendor Experiences when participating in our great community events. We have titled some of them “Vendors Talk”.
While speaking with Cyndee Barrette, Sole Proprietor Crazy Bitch BBQ Sauce we asked her if she could share with us some of the experiences you have had with attending an event/festival/show? (Both positive and negative).
Cyndee shares with us … “Some of the positives include the attendance of events that perhaps I wouldn’t be part of, if not being there as a participant.  I have met some wonderful people along the way, many of which have turned into friends whom I see outside of such venues.
Having moved to Barrie in 2000 and working in Toronto, I really didn’t feel a part of my community until I began this business and now it is like I was born and raised here.  I get to be outside in wonderful weather (and some not so wonderful L0L) and I truly feel I experience our great weather because I am outdoors at Farmers’ Markets and Festivals alike. 
By being in various venues, it helps drive the attention to my website AND the awesome online shopping that is available there for customers within all Canadian borders. 
The negative would probably be poorly organized and advertised events.  I generally have a rule that I don’t attend a first-year event until I have a track record to check via other vendors etc.  Many times organizers don’t feel they have an obligation to advertise their events and they clearly do not care – leaving the advertising up to the participants because they have been paid their rental space.  I don’t go back to one of those and neither do others of my caliber.  We really do interact and critique where we have been”
 "Crazy Bitch BBQ Sauce"
Cyndee Barrette, Sole Proprietor
“Take Your Role Seriously”! ~ “Keeping it Fresh”!
While speaking of the positive and negative situations around Events, we were fortunate that Ms. Barrette shared with us some ideas that she might recommend to organizers that could assist with improving the overall experience for Vendors.
Cyndee Barrette, Sole Proprietor Crazy Bitch BBQ Sauce… “Organizers need to take THEIR role seriously as well….there is a commitment they have to we Vendors and when they fulfill that, they get waiting lists to get into their events and not the opposite where they are scrambling two weeks ahead to fill tables.  Organizers need to get their applications out early in the year
Organizers also need to rotate their vendors allowing getting in some ‘new blood’ each year to keep the shoppers happy with new and innovative products.  Too often the ‘same old same old’ vendors are at shows and eventually, the shoppers tire and stop attending the ones that only have the same businesses year after year. Keep it fresh by getting in new vendors – rotate what you offer”. 

Stay tuned for more “SCOOP” … “Planning”& “How to Choose an Event to Participate In”. If in the meantime you would like to check our Ms Barrette’s website, I’m sure she’d love your visit … www.crazybitch.ca.

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