SOUTH MOUNTAIN — Add the perfect touch of colour and decor at your next event with the help of Francine Duncan of Joy to Share Decorating & Rental.
Joy to Share offers anything you need to make your special day esthetically pleasing.
“I can add a splash of fun to any event,” exclaims the owner.
Duncan says her new showroom, situated at 3028 County Rd 16, South Mountain, has really opened up more opportunities for her after the building’s debut last year.
“I cater to not just North Dundas but surrounding areas as well. I do event decorating for weddings, birthdays, tea parties, galas, proms, and I offer rentals as well. That’s why I had the showroom built — I have too much stuff,” she laughs.
Duncan thoroughly enjoys her location and being part of the Township of North Dundas.
“I love the location and being close to home. With my business specifically, there are no set hours, which makes it easier to be flexible and accommodate people,” she says, adding, “I can meet people at 7 p.m. if needed.”
She provided props for the annual TLC Soupfest in Kemptville, decorated a winter wedding, and was looking forward to the Dundas Farmer’s Gala as well as the North Dundas Local Business Expo in April.
Duncan purchased Joy to Share from previous owners, Joyce Boyd and Sherry Martin, back in January 2015 after deciding she wanted a change, to set her own hours, and to allow flexibility for the chance to travel. All this while being in the place she calls home: “Living in North Dundas … it works for me!” declares the Certified Decorator.
The savvy businesswoman believes in cross-promotional opportunities to raise awareness of the amenities in her Township.
“Forget all the people in the city who don’t know about the services available locally, there are many people around here that don’t even know about all that’s offered here” in North Dundas, she exclaims.
Recently spearheading a brochure highlighting 12 local businesses connected with the bridal trade, the endeavour serves as clear evidence of her collaborative approach when possible. “It’s good that we can all work together and refer each other,” she says, adding, “When I meet with clients, one of the questions I ask them is if they are using real or fake flowers. If they say real flowers, I always refer them to the Planted Arrow [in Winchester] … I love her bouquets!”
“And when they need printing done, I always mention Kelsea Fawcett’s printing. She does mine!”
“I believe it is important to have a great relationship with everyone,” she continues. “Brides-to-be can stay in this area and find everything they need. You don’t have to go to the big cities. There’s no need to drive to Montreal or hours away.”
For any future business owners, Duncan offers this advice and encouragement: “Have your business plan ready. Don’t be afraid to try. As long as your service is different from other businesses in the area.”
She continues, “Make sure to do your research to be sure that your service is needed.”
“Living in North Dundas and having a business in North Dundas keeps you close to your family,” she concludes.
And what could be better than that?
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the township’s 2019 Explore North Dundas Spring/Summer Resource Guide. The involved interviews took place in the first quarter of 2019.