I'm Leaving On A Jet Plane (But I'll Be Back Soon!)

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

Over the years, Grey Rock has been an amazing adventure for me. Through meeting so many of you, dressing you in fantastic outfits, and getting to know our community, I've immersed myself into a culture and community I love. Exploring and learning new things has always been a passion for me. From my time as a teacher, to my travels when I lived in the UK, I've always been conscious how crucial it is to get out and see the world whenever you can. This couldn't ring more true for me as the owner of a store that embodies being a global citizen. 

With that in mind, it's with much excitement that I let you know that my husband Joel and I are embarking on a three month adventure starting Feb 23th. Our trip will take us across South-East Asia and Australia. Over that time, we'll backpack through Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Australia.

While I'm away the store will remain open for regular hours and will be run by my top notch staff. They're excited to meet the challenge of running the business on their own and are looking forward to helping you find awesome outfits, have chats about the world, and just getting to know you more. To help you get to know them better we've had them write a little bit about themselves below. 

   From left to right: Dallas, Emma, and Vicky

From left to right: Dallas, Emma, and Vicky

Dallas:
1. A random fact about me... I have never been on a roller coaster. 
2. What about sweatshop-free fashion inspires me? I went to school for International Development, so working for a place that stands for my personal and career ethics is super important to me. 
3. Your favourite travel memory... I spent three days on my own (no phone, no camera) wandering the streets of London, England this summer. I recommend a great pint and a good theatre show at the National Theatre or The Globe. 
4. If you had to give away your hidden gems of Guelph they are... My hidden gems of Guelph are endless but definitely Burlesque shows at the eBar, a fantastic hot chocolate at Red Brick, and people watching from the windows (when they're not fogged up) at Cornerstone. 

Vicky: 
1. A random fact about me...I'm born + bred in the world's first industrial city and chose to move to Guelph with my husband and kids 5 years ago- knowing absolutely no-one.
2. What about sweatshop-free fashion inspires me? I love that my 2 children now really care about where their clothes came from - personally, I love to learn about the stories behind the brands that I come across.
3. Your favourite travel memory.. With my mum on a Greek island, on a paddle boat, floating above enormous sea turtles. 
4. If you had to give away your hidden gems of Guelph they are... Bollywood Bistro never fails my family, coffee in the warmth of Red Brick, solitude amongst the literature at the Bookshelf, people watching at the Library.


Emma: 
1. A random fact about me... I almost always have a book in my purse. Right now it's The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom.
2. What about sweatshop-free fashion inspires me? I love that we sell clothes that are well made, and some of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe are Canadian made pieces. I think the world can be made a better place through ethical business practices, and I think sweatshop-free clothing is one of the ways we can all help.
3.  Your favourite travel memory... One of my favourite places in the world is Ireland. I was there most recently in 2012, and my most memorable moment of that trip was the first night I was there. My Aunt and Grandmother had collected my (then) boyfriend and I from the Dublin airport, and we had dinner with the family at my Grandparent's home in Donaghadee. My boyfriend and I were staying at my aunt's house which was about a 15 minute walk from their's, and we walked along the pier at the harbour on the way. It was sunset and it wasn't raining (a miracle, really), and my boyfriend was super interested in photography and had brought his DSLR with him for the walk. He took some of the most beautiful photos of our trip that night, and I still like to go back and look at them when I start to miss Ireland.
4. If you had to give away your hidden gems of Guelph they are...The hot chocolate at The Red Brick, with marshmallows and whipped cream. I've been drinking them for 8 years now!