During these unprecedented times, businesses of all industries have been adversely affected in more ways than one. From commercial airlines to your neighbourhood coffee shop, everyone has felt the burn of the COVID-19 outbreak. For many, operations have ceased entirely, and for others, they have been able to effectively expand their offerings in an effort to keep their ‘lights on’, and in order to continue providing their products and services to their valued customer base. Here you will find a few British Columbia based entrepreneurs in the event and wedding industry who pivoted their business models in novel ways:
Mooch Custom Confections
Mooch Custom Confections artfully crafts lovely and mouth-watering cakes for all types of special occasions, especially weddings. Owner and Pastry Chef, Megan, states that “since most weddings are postponed, I have been offering little cakes with contactless delivery. They have been sent as gifts to recipients and it brings me so much joy to know that I can bring a smile to people’s faces amidst this pandemic”.
Since we are all avoiding large-scale gatherings for the time being, these 4” cakes are the perfect size for your intimate celebrations within the home. Whether it’s a milestone such as a birthday or anniversary, or just a little ‘pick-me-up’ to cure those isolation blues, consider ordering one of Megan’s creations. Two different delicious flavours are offered every week, so you can definitely find an option that piques your taste buds! Visit Mooch Custom Confections’ website, and check out their Instagram page @moochbymegan for more information on their mini cakes (and more!)
The Bar Cart by Lavish Liquid
Lavish Liquid is one of the leading special event bartending services across the Greater Vancouver area. Their team of highly skilled mixologists, bartenders and hospitality professionals have been providing premium bartending services for over a decade. As the times change, so have the services offered by Lavish Liquid. In comes their offshoot, The Bar Cart.
The Bar Cart is now offering twice-weekly deliveries of craft cocktail kits to channel your inner mixologist! They currently provide four featured cocktails, including all of the necessary alcohols, mixers, garnishes and instructions for assembly at home. Their kits make a great and unique alternative to (quite literally) shake up your usual beverage routine, and also make an ideal gift for friends and family members. Check out The Bar Cart’s website to view their cocktail kit menu, and follow them on Instagram for more updates @lavish liquid.
Ever After Character Company
Ever After Character Company transforms events into magical experiences with their diverse roster of princesses, pirates, superheroes and more. For anyone wanting a visit from their favorite storybook character, and a unique way to incorporate some interactive entertainment, Ever After is definitely the way to go!
As they are not currently offering any in-person bookings due to the ongoing restrictions, they are now offering some out-of-the-box options to keep clients in high spirits. Ever After is offering a variety of free programs such as live ‘Bedtime Story’ time on Instagram on Mondays at 6pm, Wednesdays at 4:30pm and Fridays at 6pm. They also offer a weekly ‘Boredom Busters’ program every Tuesday via Facebook with crafts and activities where kids and adults alike follow along with a surprise character. They also offer one-on-one ‘Magic Mirror Calls’ for a nominal fee where you can share more personal time with your favorite princess character. Any of the above services would be a great option for kids who are celebrating birthdays from home, or to offer some amusement for the cooped up little ones. Visit Ever After Character Company’s website, and follow them on Instagram @everaftercharacterco for more information on their programming.
Andi Wardrop Films
Andi Wardrop Films specializes in capturing weddings (and so much more) in an artistic and creative manner. Lead Cinematographer and Editor, Andi, possesses the ability to transform memorable moments into beautifully polished video content that memorialize special moments.
With the event and wedding industry on hold for the interim, Andi has found some innovative ways of extending her craft to benefit a new demographic. Video messages from family members and friends are integrated and edited to offer a compilation of well wishes for special occasions such as intimate weddings and birthdays. If you are celebrating a milestone in your life, or if you know someone who is in need of some positive vibes during these challenging times, consider hiring Andi for a unique and personalized experience. For more information on Andi’s services, visit her website, follow her on Instagram @andiwardrop, and you can also view one of her customized birthday videos here.
As we all watch the news unfold and wonder how we can best support one another, many different options may come to mind. Reaching out to those in our community who might be elderly or immuno-comprised… a FaceTime call to those who live alone to provide virtual companionship… volunteering at your neighbourhood food bank… and also supporting your local businesses so that our economy can rebound (and even thrive) after we reach the other side of this situation.
If you require any support or assistance during this time, please feel free to reach out to the Hi-Jinx Entertainment team.
Photo Credits: (Upper Left: Mooch Custom Confections, Upper Right: The Bar Cart by Lavish Liquids, Lower Left: Sarah Sovereign Photography, Lower Right: Andi Wardrop Films)