Meet Surrey Girl, Steph Hassell
Co- Owner of Violet + Ruby
Grew up in: Whalley | I’m proud to be from a place that four generations before me lived, I went to the same high school as my dad and my grandfather – I’m not sure many people can say that! My favourite thing about growing up in Surrey was the sense of community. Whalley was really great for that – everyone had a connection to everyone else, people looked out for each other, families helped each other.
Surrey is a great place with lots to offer: commerce, education, recreation, lifestyle, etc. Any large city has areas which need improvement, but overall Surrey is a fantastic place to live, work and play. There are so many cultures, religions, people…we’re truly very lucky to have that, I love the diversity of Surrey. The landscapes are also pretty awesome: lots of parks, beaches, trails, forests…it’s a very beautiful place.
I have really great memories of playing outside on the street with all of the kids in our neighbourhood, trips to Crescent beach, hanging out in what used to be a forest, playing ball, playing hockey (and of course, elementary school field trips to Stardust Roller Rink!) – I had a really great childhood.
I now run my business in Surrey and one of my biggest loves is social media. I love how you can connect with people who you don’t see very often, or have never even met. It’s a way people can access goods and services on a social level, which is really exciting. This is why I co-created my online store, Violet+Ruby.
We began as an Instagram based store and it’s really branched out from there. Last Summer, we decided to create our own lifestyle brand, Sparrow, and we now print and manufacture tees and tanks. We’ve also made it into a few retail stores so far with more to come. I have always known Surrey Girls to be confident, well educated, diverse, successful, and wonderful women. It’s also a place where women hold power positions. The Mayor of Surrey is female. The Mayor before her was female. That feels good.
Finish this sentence: ‘Proud to be a Surrey Girl because… I am ridiculously proud of the community I came from, the other fabulous Surrey Girls I have the privilege of knowing, and being from a place where generations before me were born and raised.
About | Steph is Co-Owner of Violet + Ruby, an online boutique specializing in stylish and budget- friendly pieces with the mantra ‘love what you wear’. She and her business partner bonded over desk jobs and the rest, as they say, is history.
About The Surrey Girl Project | The goal of The Surrey Girl Project is to change what people think of when they hear the term ‘Surrey Girl’ by highlighting some of the diverse and talented women born and/ or raised in Surrey. Our hope is to flip the term upside down and give it a makeover, to show how amazing it is to be a female from Surrey. Photo Credit: Ally Fotografy
Click here to learn more about The Surrey Girl Project and the mission behind it.