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In Focus | Jenn Marple of the Modern Family Boutique

Meet Jenn Marple! Jenn has lived in Kamloops since 2013. She is a determined woman who encourages supporting local business!

<who> Photo Credit: The Modern Family Boutique

Where are you from and how long have you lived in Kamloops?
I was born and raised on the Sunshine Coast but have lived here in Kamloops since 2013.

Who is your favourite person to spend time with and why?
My husband and I always have a great time together, but we really thrive as our family unit of 3, which also includes our 5-year-old daughter.

What is your favourite local store in Kamloops and why?
There are so many amazing locally-owned shops in Kamloops but my current favourite is Jardines.

Describe yourself in one word.

If you could go anywhere in the world right at this moment where would you go and why?
Hawaii; I have had some amazing experiences there (including night snorkeling with manta rays and Halloween in Lahaina) - You can't go wrong in Hawaii.

What is your favourite activity in Kamloops?
Going out to different local restaurants.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
I peed my pants outside of our local general store when I was eight.
<who> Photo Credit: The Modern Family Boutique

What is the most inspiring thing that has happened to you?
No one has any idea how hard motherhood is going to be before they become a mother themselves, and I get to meet so many women who aren't afraid to say that it's hard, but they keep rocking it every day. Those women inspire me because it feels like you just want to give up, and this little tiny being is pushing you to your limits, but you keep going, all in the name of love.

Tell us your favourite childhood memory.
I lost my Grandpa Joe when I was just starting University, which I guess isn't "at a young age" but it deeply affected me. I often think back to my childhood when he would jokingly threaten to use a sharpie to connect the dots on my face ( I had a face full of freckles).

Where do you volunteer or give back to in the community?
As a family, we support an orphanage in Africa with monthly donations. We also make sure to donate our used items to shops or services that benefit our community, including the Mustard Seed and Simply the Best Thrift Store which is run by Inclusion Kamloops. Inclusion Kamloops (formally Kamloops society for community living) has provided support and services in our community for people with disabilities for 60 years.

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
I have a couple which I believe are all related: The incredible wage gap between the wealthy and working-class; and the fact that there are billionaires out there who choose to not use their wealth to make positive changes to our world.

Where would you sneak away to in Kamloops to spend some time alone?
Ra hair Studio for a facial or massage. :)

Where would you like to see positive change in Kamloops and why?
Columbia Street. That street has got to be addressed with the heavy traffic and long delays.

What do you think makes Kamloops great?
The people of course! Friendly, supportive, and amazing.
<who> Photo Credit: The Modern Family Boutique

What are 3 things on your bucket list?
- Go to Sparkling Hill Resort for a weekend with my husband.
-Travel around Europe with my family.
- Bungee Jump.

Tell us something that not everyone may know about you.
I have a mole on my chest that my daughter is obsessed with. She never took a soother; never cared about a stuffie... Just needs my mole to be consoled.

How do people connect with you, personally, through social media?
I'm a pretty private person personally, but welcome anyone who wants to see my daily posts to follow @mfbkamloops on Instagram or The Modern Family Boutique on Facebook.

What is the name of your business/organization?
The Modern Family Boutique formerly Lizzie Bits Baby Co.

Why did you get into/start this business?
Good fortune and great timing.

What is the goal of your business?
To bring in quality items for our local families and to create a space where families feel supported.

What has been your biggest struggle either at work or in life?
I think balancing work and personal life. Being an entrepreneur is time-consuming if you want to succeed, but so is being a good wife and mother. Trying to find a balance in which all aspects are being nurtured can be a crazy struggle.
<who> Photo Credit: The Modern Family Boutique

What do you always find yourself saying?
"What should we make for dinner?"

Tell us your best piece of life advice.
Love Yourself. Love your wrinkles, and your lumps, and the way you snort when you laugh. Don't doubt your abilities and before listening to anyone else, listen to your heart.

If you could spend one whole day with anyone in the world who is currently alive, who would you select?
I think I'd choose my friend Sara, who's been living in Wales since the early 2000s and who I haven't seen since then.

Why do you think it is important to shop locally?
Shopping local means supporting the local economy and local people. It means making a real live person do a happy dance when you make a purchase, instead of some CEO adding to his billion-dollar estate.

What has been your proudest accomplishment?
Above all else, my daughter. While most of her strength, and cleverness, and humor comes from within, I'm proud to be a part of her and the amazing things she will do in her life.

Give someone you think that deserves it a shout out and explain why!
Ginger Bobrowich-Teale is one hard-working lady; she is passionate about her career and super friendly. She makes shopping for clothes an absolute pleasure.

My choice for the KamloopsBCNow In Focus spotlight is:
Katrina McNutt.
<who> Photo Credit: The Modern Family Boutique

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