By Jasmine Brough,
Bruce Peninsula Press
Two local women are running their own Bruce Peninsula branded clothing business. Bruce Peninsula Apparel Co is a start-up business run by Bridget Boyle and Quinn Palmer. Some of their locally branded apparel includes hoodies, crewnecks and t-shirts.
Bridget and her fiance Quinn first came up with the idea to make Bruce Peninsula Apparel when they were living in Toronto last year in the midst of the pandemic. “Because of Covid-19 restrictions we weren’t able to come and visit as much as we’d like to, we’d usually be coming up every weekend in the summer so we were missing the Peninsula and our family. That’s what got us thinking about it.” Quinn said.
Bridget Boyle was born and raised on the Bruce Peninsula. “To put it into perspective, I went to BPDS from kindergarten to grade 12, but so did my dad, Pat Boyle, and my grandmother, Bernice Drodge (Bridge). We’ve all been here forever.” Bridget remarks.
Quinn Palmer, on the other hand, grew up in London, Ontario. She has been coming to the Peninsula with Bridget since they started dating, about 6 year ago. “I fell in love with it up here. Bridget’s family and the entire community has adopted me as one of her family members” Quinn said.
The two ladies wanted to create and provide something to represent the entire Peninsula in a colorful and young style. “We wanted to make some apparel that encompasses the entire Peninsula, because one of our favourite things about the Peninsula is that there are so many things to see and do,” Quinn pointed out.
Bridget created and designed the logo on the apparel herself. “We out-source to a company in Toronto called Sugarbomb Custom Screen-Printing, a female owned and run screen printing business. It was really important to us to support artists, so all of our products are printed by hand.”
Although they could have run the business online from Toronto, it was important to Quinn and Bridget to be on the Peninsula to get feedback from the community and tourists. They decided to make the move to the Peninsula in March 2021.
With Covid-19 restrictions, the entire process of starting up their business included a lot of learning and teaching themselves new skills. They had to learn how to design their own logo, photograph their products and advertise online. All of their apparel has been photographed on local people right here on the Bruce Peninsula. “We had to use people within our bubble, so most of the photos on our website are of us, our family members, or neighbours,” Bridget says.
Right now, Bruce Peninsula Apparel Co is only available online. However, starting June 21st, they will be part of the Sauble Beach Vendor’s Market every Monday from 9am-5pm. Currently you can find Bruce Peninsula Apparel Co hoodies, crewnecks and t-shirts on their website, with more products in the works.
Check out the Bruce Peninsula Apparel Co facebook page for updates and their website: https://brucepeninsulaapparelco.com