Alyssa – Oakville’s Super Store Manager & Doula Dynamo –
For visitors to Snuggle Bugz Oakville, Alyssa is a familiar and friendly face. For the past 2 years, Alyssa has been helping new parents navigate the early stages of parenthood with skill, knowledge and her own genuine caring nature. We sat down with Alyssa to learn more about her and being part of Team Snuggle Bugz.
How did you come to join the Snuggle Bugz team?
In 2015, I was going to school at Sheridan for Early Childhood Education and I was just looking for a part time job. I’ve always seen the Snuggle Bugz store as I was driving past and when I found out that it was a baby store, I was so excited. I came in with a resume and started as a sales associate a week later!
How would you explain your job to a toddler?
Oh, my goodness. I have a 4-year-old nephew and I’m trying to think of how I would tell him. I think I’d say, “I work at a store that sells all the stuff Mommy and Daddy bought for you when you were a baby!”
What product are you in love with right now?
The 2018 UPPAbaby Vistas of course! I’m obsessed! They’re so beautiful.
What makes you laugh?
Having toddlers in the store. They’re always so funny especially when they’re at the cusp between toddler and child, like around 4 years old. They come in and make a beeline for the toys section or the snack section. And they’re the best product critics ever – they’re brutally honest about what they do and don’t like which always makes me laugh.
What’s one thing that most customers don’t know about you?
I’m a doula! I was in ECE at first, and liked working with kids, but was drawn to babies and there aren’t a lot of programs for newborns. Did my research and found I liked it more than midwifery.
I even served as doula for one of my staff last Fall! At first, she didn’t know I was a doula and she didn’t understand why I knew all these answers about pregnancy. She was so excited when she found out and I delivered her baby boy in November. I have 3 more expecting moms coming up in April, June and July and I can’t wait.
What do you like to do when you leave the office?
I like to go home, watch moves, drink a glass of wine. I love romantic comedy movies.
What do you love about working at Snuggle Bugz?
The interaction with our friends. I love meeting everyone, hearing their unique stories, how they become pregnant. I’ve met so many unique people and created such great relationships with them, even a lot carrying outside the store.
What’s your favourite drink?
Hahahha – vanilla latte with almond milk (I’m allergic to milk). I need 3 a day to function.
Which of the Snuggle Bugz philosophies is really “Alyssa”?
We love people – I really do love people. I love being around people in the store, in this environment, building relationships, making connections.
What are you most proud of working at Snuggle Bugz?
I’m most proud of becoming store manager. I moved through the company ladder and was promoted very quickly.
What are you most excited about for the future?
I want to see where the company can take me. I just want to experience more roles. I didn’t have experience as a manager either, but I was given this opportunity and I’m loving it. In the future I just want to see what else I can do in this amazing company. Oh, and still being a doula of course. ?
In case you missed it, Tanya sat down with Alyssa, Oakville Store Manager and Doula live on Facebook to discuss pregnancy and birth. Check out the video here:
We are live with our co-owner, Tanya, and we are ready to ASK OUR DOULA, Alyssa, all the questions you want to know about what a Doula is and their role in pregnancy and birth. Tune in and ask any questions you may have! Tag an expecting friend who would love this info too!
Posted by Snuggle Bugz – Canada's Baby Store on Thursday, February 1, 2018