she created a kit that allows others to take the imprint and mail it back to the store. Today Duckworth finds herself distributing 1000 kits, every two months to 127 funeral homes across Canada. If collecting an imprint cannot be done, there is another solution Duckworth offers mourning families. She creates custom pure silver angle wings and incorporates a tiny amount of ash remains. Like the imprinted charms the jewelry can be worn a variety of ways. Consumers can also purchase their own imprint kits online if they aren’t able to visit Solitude & Soul in Regina. In fact, all of her instore product is up on Solitude & Soul’s website, making it easy to shop for anyone, anywhere. The charms continue to be Solitude & Soul’s best seller today. The hard work Tara Duckworth has spent building her business has not gone unrecognized. This year, she was the recipient of a Paragon Award for young entrepreneurship. Honoured by the acknowledgment, Duckworth still finds it a bit surreal. The humble entrepreneur admits she still has trouble calling herself a business woman, as she tends thinks of her work as much more of a service. “This is not work to me, there’s purpose behind it, that is what keeps me going,” she shared. She and her husband now both work full time at Solitude & Soul, and even today with all of the growth she has experienced, there isn’t a piece that hasn’t been crafted at some point by the jeweler. “People do it for different reasons; you can tell when people see the heart in something.” Duckworth is also committed to giving back to her community through charitable work. Solitude & Soul currently supports both the F**K Cancer Embrace Life and Skate for Smiles charities. 100% of proceeds from specialized bracelets and t-shirts sold in-store are collected and distributed directly to the charities. “I just want to help somebody. That feeds me,” said Tara who also serves as the Regina ambassador For F**K Cancer Embrace Life foundation. In addition to the keepsake pieces, Solitude & Soul also carries hand-crafted jewelry, beautiful and inspirational home décor and scores of inspiration that can help you find the perfect gift. Shop Solitude & Soul at 3030 13th Avenue Street in Regina, or online at solitudeandsoul.com.
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