Our Little Black Book {Winnipeg Boudoir Photography}

Owning your own business is hard. Really hard! We need all the help we can get. And sometimes the best help can come from other businesses. We believe in supporting local business and wanted a way to help support other local Winnipeg businesses. So welcome to our first Little Black Book post!  This list is comprised of local Winnipeg businesses we think you may find has a product or service you may need! If you know of any other Winnipeg businesses who might like to be featured here give us a shout at info@cocoboudoir.ca

Our first entry in our Little Black Book is Carolyne Braid and her team at Winnipeg Pole Dancing.

After perusing their website for almost an hour, lol, I am convinced I can rock a pole like no other:) I watched the video’s and I can so do that!!! OK, not really. I’d have to practice A LOT to get anywhere near some of those women. But they look like a TON of fun AND an amazing work out. Check them out on FaceBook too!

The thing we love most about their philosophy is that their business is for the everyday woman. We love that, as that is our philosophy too.

Please meet Carolyn!

Name: Carolyne Braid
AKA: Babe
Hails from: Winnipeg
Name of your business: Pole Dancing Winnipeg
When was your business revealed? I first start in February 2005

Why did you start your business? What inspires you? I was watching Oprah and she featured Sheila Kelly who was offering pole dancing for the everyday woman. Intrigued, I looked locally to see if there was anyone offering it – there wasn’t. Undeterred I bought a pole and a DVD and began teaching myself. I began to notice some changes – I was becoming leaner, stronger and I felt sexier. This was something that needed to be shared with other women and I turned it into a business. I have now been in business for 6 years and have a part-time staff of ten.

What does you business offer? We offer products three distinct areas – FUN, FITNESS, and FANTASY.  FUN – parties to celebrate any occasion including pole dancing, chair dancing, burlesque and belly dancing. Parties can be hosted either in the privacy of someone’s home or in one of our many partners, including Canad Inns.
FITNESS – we have a comprehensive fitness program which is suitable for women of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels.
FANTASY – for those who wish to experience all that the pole has to offer, we offer fantasy classes where through private lessons, we will choreograph a full routine.

Where do you see your business in the future? The next step for the business is to open a formal location.

How do you balance work/family? My days start very early and end very late. Family is squished in between. I also make a point of finding one thing which is purely for me and non-work related. Currently I play on a dodgeball team!

Now for a few “fun” questions…

Skills: I make an amazing chocolate chip cookie
Challenges: I get far to intense and stressed out when I have too much on my plate.  A good workout usually helps re-set my mood. If not, I drink a redbull.
Chips or chocolate? Can’t it be both?    *of course it can Carolyne, of course it can;)*
Secret weapon: my smile
Enemies/pet peeves: people that don’t put an effort into how they look. Lack of personal pride drives me nuts
Heroes: Captain Catherine Janeway
Can’t live without: my morning work-out.
Little known fact: I used to call bingo.

Thanks so much Carolyne! …or can we call you Babe?  😉 It was so nice to “meet” you!

♥Carol & Lizette

1 Comment
  • Rhae

    As a former employee of Carolyne and Winnipeg Pole Dancing. I can personally attest to her passion and drive as both a business owner as well as a mother of 2 wonderful children.
    I can also bear witness to the influence she has had on a countless number of women throughout Manitoba. She is an incredibly inspiring woman.
    I wish her and Winnipeg Pole Dancing every success!
    PS –
    She really is a babe… ; ) and her chocolate chip banana bread is incomparable.

    February 22, 2011

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