November 2, 2021

It has been a while since writing our first story! Here's an update from Arky Franky! :) Hello, again! This is Phoebe of Arky Franky! As you have read from our previous story, this all started as a hobby which turned into a business. My main goal is to help my husband financially to support our small family while being a stay-at-home mom. That WAS my main goal.

This rough year made me realize that opening this business isn't about the money. This small business helped my mental health especially when I felt like I became an introverted mom. It kept me sane every day.

I don't think I craft because I wanted to have an income for myself and to help my husband with our daily expenses. I craft because this makes me happy. ARKY FRANKY MAKES ME HAPPY. I have found my happy place!

That realization came when we started doing in-person markets last summer! Kevin and I started attending markets from various organizers and communities. You may have seen us at East Village last August, or maybe at Harvest Hills Hub when we had our very first successful market! It rained but it was my favourite market!

I loved the experience of meeting all the other talented vendors and the shoppers who dropped by and said hello to us! We made friends along this journey and made great connections!

But to keep my little man safe, we stopped our in-person markets and decided to join virtual markets! Virtual markets are fun! I can stay at home and spend time with my family while I promote our products online! This benefits you too as a shopper. You can shop from the comfort of your home! Keep yourself warm and cozy at home while you shop! Sounds lovely, right? So if you have time today to browse and shop, visit our Etsy Shop. Leave us a message if you have any questions. We'll be happy to help! Thank you so much for reading! - Phoebe and Kevin (and Francesco)