Lyndsay – Canada West, Area Manager and Brand New Mommy –
Lyndsay is the Area Manager of our Western Canada Snuggle Bugz stores. At the time of this interview, she was 5 days away from her due date. We’re happy to announce that Lyndsay is a proud new mama of a baby girl named Kalaiya, born on May 19th. Both Mommy and baby are doing well.
How did you come to join team Snuggle Bugz?
My Director Sue and I have worked together previously and when she joined Team Snuggle Bugz she approached me about the opportunity to join as well. She thought that I’d be a good fit for Canada West since I’ve worked with her in the past and because of my personality. I love working with people and customers, who are known as friends here, I have the heart and the drive to really want to see everything go perfect and amazing.
How would you explain your job to a toddler?
Wow, that’s a tough one. As a district, I have 4 of our 9 stores, 11 including both our Nestled Stores. I help the store manager and leaders drive sales, go above beyond for our friends, and help them provide that elevated experience to anybody walking in our doors. So, I help make our store managers lives easier by helping them be successful in their role at Snuggle Bugz. Not sure if toddler would understand that…
What products are you in love with right now?
Going through this whole process of becoming a new mom, there are a ton of things that have just become my reality. Honestly, the new Little Unicorn line, bedding and swaddles… they are to die for, I love the colours! As you can see, I’m very pregnant, due in 5 days. So personally, my number one go to right now is Original Sprout body cream. It takes away any ichyness. I’ve been searching for 6 months, it’s a godsend. Best product ever.
What makes you laugh?
I’m such an easy person to get along with, so a lot of things make me laugh. But the one thing I can confidently say is my husband. This guy is just something else. He really knows how to make me laugh and when I need it. He’s just got a personality of gold and a big heart. And no, this is not just the hormones talking because I’d probably be saying the opposite!
What’s one thing that most customers don’t know about you?
I originally started my career path wanting to become a homicide detective, a lot of people don’t know that. I went to school to become a cop, my end goal was to work for Toronto Homicide. But things happen and everything happens for a reason, I truly believe that. You get taken on this journey and it just wasn’t in my cards. That’s something nobody would think when they see me.
What do you like to do when you leave the office?
I do sometimes work on my downtime because it’s my routine, but really I love just to walk. We have a pug and we just try to spend that time together. We really hope she loves the baby, because she’s currently our baby. So were really trying to get her adapted.
What do you love about working at Snuggle Bugz?
Honestly, I feel like I’ve worked here for 10 years, but I’ve been here for way less than that. The people are phenomenal. You’re made to feel like you belong here, and that’s what I’ve always appreciated and spoken so highly about.
What’s your favourite drink?
Currently, I’m obsessed with Club Soda I can’t get enough of it. It’s been my craving, but it’s full of sodium, so I’m retaining water like crazy.
Maybe next week or the week after… I’m all about Margaritas.
Which of the Snuggle Bugz philosophies are you?
Oh my gosh, easy! “We love people” for sure. I’ve lived by that forever. I think that it takes a special somebody to work in retail who lives by these philosophies, especially “We love people”. I do genuinely really love people.
What are you most proud of working at Snuggle Bugz?
Just where we’ve come. I feel that there’s been such a great support and emphasis on the retail team as a whole, that I’m very proud of where we’ve come. As a retail team and a company I couldn’t be prouder. Our stores are doing great and we’re producing results. We also have new in-store confidence events, where we reach out to the community and bring people in who are experts in their own fields to provide that extra value to our customers. These are free events like prenatal stretching, pelvic floor support and ask a doula.
What are you most excited about for the future?
Well… in the next 5 day, I’m excited to become a mom and experience that. But to be honest with you, what I’m excited for the future of Snuggle Bugz is just to see where we can take this company. I feel confident that we have the tools in place to take those steps to become bigger, and I’m excited to be a part of that… to open new stores in the West and all over. I’d love for us to go to the States… I mean I’ll open one in Hawaii if we need to… hand-up for that!