Over the course of this pandemic that has lasted almost one year, I have been featuring local YEG Filipino business entrepreneurs and their small businesses to further show the unique offerings Edmonton has to offer and emphasize the importance of shopping local! This month I am excited to feature Filipina Entrepreneur Xania Shinbine and her company, Bubs & Belly, which specializes in handcrafted adornments for humans and pets! The following is an excerpt from Xania and the company’s details:
Bubs & Belly is a one woman, two doggo show. We’re dedicated to offering you the best in handmade pet and human accessories, with a focus on cuteness, quality and exceptional customer service! My name is Xania Shinbine and I am the Founder and CEO of Bubs & Belly. Our handmade goods can be purchased online at www.bubsandbelly.ca. Currently, we only ship to Canada and the United States but we hope to expand to worldwide shipping in the near future!
I’ve always dreamt of being my own boss and becoming an entrepreneur, but with a full time job it never felt like the right time. Then COVID happened, and like thousands of other people in the province, I lost my job due to the global pandemic. I applied to countless other jobs, with no success. I felt lost and I wasn’t sure what to do with myself. I wasn’t sure if it was smart to be starting a business in the middle of a global pandemic, but it is with the encouragement and support of my friends and family, that I was able to start Bubs & Belly.
Bubs & Belly is inspired by my two dogs, Kai and Elliott. Our name came from their nicknames, Bubs (for Kai) and Belly (for Elliott). I knew that my business needed to include my fur babies and I knew that I wanted to give back to the rescue that gave them to me. So making accessories for pets with matching accessories for their humans made the most sense. However, our pet accessories are not only for dogs, we make products in a variety of different sizes so that any pet can wear our accessories. If we don’t have a size that you need, just contact us and we’ll be more than happy to accommodate your request. It is really important to me that we offer products for everyone; all genders, all sizes and all animals.
When you support Bubs & Belly, you’re also supporting SCARS (Second Chance Animal Rescue Society), the animal rescue that gave me Kai and Elliott. 10% of all our sales will be donated to SCARS so that other animals have a chance to find their forever homes.
Follow us on Instagram @bubsandbelly and visit our website www.bubsandbelly.ca to view our products! Thank you for reading, we look forward to helping you and your pet look pawshionable! For 10% OFF your purchase please use the code FILIPINOJOURNAL10 at checkout.