We're not sure about you, but before the pandemic, we weren't really into video conferencing. Remember? It felt so awkward, so forced, so like we were trying to live in a Star Trek universe.

We sure got over that quickly when we had to. Now, even with in-person activities opening up again, those Zoom links have become a regular part of our lives. And while there are some video-meeting experiences we'll be happy to keep stored in long-term memory, we can't deny that there are huge benefits to this brave new video-conferencing world.

One of them is being able to meet people a little bit better when in-person isn't in the cards, like during our interview with Bernice Kootoo Clarke and her husband Justin, owners of Uasau Soap in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Phone calls are good too, but sometimes it's nice to be able to look at people's faces when you're chatting, and it was such a pleasure making Justin and Bernice's acquaintance as we learned all about their business and how it's become part of their community.

Another is virtual events. We love this newfound access to talks, seminars and courses from around the country and the world that used to be hard, even impossible, to get to. Speaking of which, we're hosting our next event on May 30. It's a Q&A with three smart women of the retail world and we hope to see you there. A reminder that paid Workshop members and everyone who's bought a ticket will have access to a video recap as well.

Do you have questions for our panel? Send them to us ahead of time so we can make sure to get the best answer for you.

Hope you all have a fantastic May long weekend!

Yours in making,

Co-founders Corinna vanGerwen and Kat Tancock

Virtual event: Retailer Q&A on May 30, 12 pm ET/9 am PT

Live Event: Retailer Q&A

Join Workshop and our panel of retailers as they share tips and answer questions on selling wholesale, getting your products into shops and what it takes to cultivate strong relationships with buyers.

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