Your name: Dorinda Duclos
Company Name: Favors by Dorinda
Years in Business: Since 1998 – 12 years
How did you get started? I started my business in 1998 when I decided I wanted to be a part of my children’s life, not someone they said hello & goodbye to. After 20 years in the field of pharmacy, I decided I’d had enough. I was an art major in school and so my love of creating brought me to where I am today. My decision allowed me to be a stay at home mom as well as keeping myself in the business world. We just celebrated our 12th year in business in April.
Best advice you can give to a bride “Don’t let anyone tell you what you want!” As a bride about to take the biggest step of her life, she should have guidance, but never do something she truly does not want to do. It’s her day!
What has been your strangest request? That’s a good question. I don’t think I’ve ever had any really strange requests. I get a lot of strange questions though!! “How do you wrap the wrapper around the bar?” I think that one is pretty self-explanatory.
Do you work with an assistant? I work with my daughter, Alyssa. She is not just my assistant but also contributes to the creative end of the business. My son, Jonathan, is an artist who has also done some of the wrappers you see on my site. I suppose I should give my hubby some props, too. He’s my IT guy
What would you say is your style? I’m very laid back. I let the bride lead me. She knows what she wants, I know how to design it. We work back & forth until it’s perfect. It should be a happy experience, not a stressful one.
Who is the person you most admire? I actually have two people. My Mom. The most incredible woman I have ever known. And my aunt Denyse, fighting MS & never giving up! Two very strong women I am fortunate to have in my life.
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Who is the person that inspired you? My grandmother, Rose Marie. She worked in the garment district in NYC. An incredibly talented woman in so many ways, she taught me about life and to never take it for granted.
What is your proudest moment in your business? Every moment is a proud moment for me. The looks on the faces of the brides or whomever the favors are for is priceless. It doesn’t get any better then that!