what's in a name?

It's hard to believe that 2 years have flown by since opening the doors of Fred and Bessie's. We are a mother daughter team and in many ways best friends. In our family, we were always known as "The Girls". Now that title is now passed down to Jenna and her daughter Emerson . 

We had always talked about being in the décor business together, but didn't really know how to start. Jenna's natural artistic talents combined with a visual arts degree and studies in photography were perfect for this business. Janice retired from a career in the social services field, and this was an opportunity to pursue new dreams. 

Our adventure began after we painted a kitchen and were thrilled with the results. We loved the look of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint so much, we dove right in and attended retailer's training.  We opened our doors in May 2014. 

It was a struggle deciding on the perfect name. Nothing we brainstormed felt quite right. Then inspiration hit us, and we chose Fred and Bessie's after Janice's grandparents. Fred and Bessie were newcomers to Canada from England in 1901. Fred became an auctioneer and was a "picker" across the province of Manitoba. After they retired from the farm, Fred opened a second hand store.




Farmhouse style and Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint has beauty in it's simplicity. That lifestyle is what we wanted to share with our customers.

It's been an amazing two years. We love sharing Milk Paint with others. This has been quite the journey with Miss Mustard Seed. We look forward to the future.  

Janice and Jenna