You can contact Madison directly to buy her Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can stop by her table at this Saturday's Annual Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (Kitshouse) Autumn Fair! It's going to be a great event so come by and say hi!
October 18, 2018
by Mike White
As you are walking through the fall market this weekend in Port Moody, you might notice one particularly young looking vendor.
That would be Madison Seriosa. She’s 8 years old and she’s the proud owner of Periwinkle Kid-preneur Designs.
Madison makes and sells reusable beeswax food wraps.
Why? “Because it’s good for the environment,“ she said. And she adds, giggling, “I like the smell of beeswax.”
If you aren’t familiar with beeswax food wraps, they are a natural alternative to plastic food wrap. They are washable, reusable, and, most importantly, compostable. They achieve the dual benefit of saving money (they can between 6 and 12 months) and helping the environment.
What does she do? “I go to the store to pick out fabric, wax the fabric, package and sell (with my mom’s help),” she told us.
In case you were wondering, she was quick to add, “I drew the bees on the package!”
Madison’s mother, Lisa, remembers first getting the idea of beeswax food wraps from her friend. As soon as Madison saw them, she immediately took a liking to them.
“She just loved the wax, the smell, fabrics….she was taking an extra curricular entrepreneur course and this was the product she chose to “bring to market,” she said.
“This product is her true passion and this part of the business is really hers. She’s the driving force!”
Madison Seriosa holds up the Beeswax food wraps she will be selling this weekend in Port Moody. Source: Lisa Mariosa.
Madison started selling her beeswax food wraps in October 2017. She started with tinypreneur events around the Lower Mainland and then joined her mother at various markets late last year. She even sold her wraps in front of her house. However, this weekend will be Madison’s first time selling her food wraps at her own table at a regular market (don’t worry her Mom will be at the next table over) and her mother couldn’t be more proud.
“I am super proud of her! Although still shy at the markets, I have seen her really grow through talking to customers and interacting with all different people,” she said. “I absolutely encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in all kids. It’s a different education than they will get at traditional school.”
Surprisingly, Madison only spends 15% of what she makes. She has an employee (her little brother) who gets 20%. She gives 15% to charity. Overhead costs take another 20%. And, she saves the remaining 30% (I wish I had this financial discipline).
Look for Madison at Port Moody’s Fall Harvest Marketplace this Saturday, October 20 at the Port Moody Civic Centre (City Hall) located at 100 Newport Drive. The market runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.