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Bamboletta Dolls the island’s only Small Business B.C. award winner

Bamboletta doll-makers display their star tattoos of artistic sisterhood at the firm’s Whippletree workshop. - Peter W. Rusland/file
Bamboletta doll-makers display their star tattoos of artistic sisterhood at the firm’s Whippletree workshop.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland/file

Compassion for community has landed Cowichan’s Bamboletta Dolls among B.C.’s best small businesses.

Feb. 27 saw owner Christina Platt and two senior staffers at Vancouver’s Pan Pacific Hotel to proudly accept Small Business B.C.’s award in the Best Community Impact category.

“My right and left hands came with me; Brooke Cannon, and Brandi Teufel,” Platt said of the honours.

Bamboletta was the island’s only winner among nine top businesses, including Vancouver’s Save Everyday, judged Best Company in the event based on public nominations.

Happiness goes into every one of Platt’s hand-made dolls.

“We employ over 35 women locally, and they work in the studio, and at home so they have time to be with their children.

“We do lots of charity work too. By putting community at the heart and centre, we’ve shown a business can be practical and sustainable.”

Platt’s winning formula sees Bamboletta sell 3,000 unique dolls — made from organic materials — marketed worldwide from her comfy headquarters at Whippletree Junction.

“Every week, we sell out of the dolls completed,” she said of online offerings.

Despite business taxes she sees as sky-high, Platt said she has no intention of selling her operation, or running it cheaply using offshore labour and materials.

“When you see first hand the impact our company is having on people, it’s amazing,” she said, noting offshore input, from say China, “would really wreck what we do.”

“We’re putting love into these dolls.

“People can really feel the care and love that goes into our dolls, and that’s something you can’t bottle offshore.”

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