Get to know: Holly Ryan of Art by Holly Ryan
Tell us about your business.
I make decorative and functional resin art. This can range from 3D shelves to memorial pieces to trays to advent calendars!
We can customize anything. We started doing memorial pieces after a friend passed away, an experience which taught us that pieces can mean a lot more than just something beautiful sitting on your shelf.
I especially enjoy making memorabilia pieces. I love taking something special to someone and casting it forever for them to keep.
I was working two jobs and needed a creative outlet so I decided to start Art by Holly Ryan. I’m been here for 10 years. Moved here when I was 13, as my parents worked in law enforcement and were relocated here. When they moved on, I never left.
Usually we try to do mystery boxes so people can get an array of products at a discounted price for friends and family. This year we wanted to make something you could open every day, so we made advent calendars for the first 24 days of Christmas.
We’re also doing our annual 12 Days of Christmas. We pair up with local artists and give away different pieces from our shops to win.
What do you love about Kingston?
It’s a small city feel with big city opportunities. Every corner of Kingston has an opportunity in it.
Why support local?
We really pull together as a community when needed. Most of the people who have small businesses are your friends and family. The big online retailers may have their certain appeal, but local is always the way to go.
How do you shop local?
I love Deanna Pinder’s paintings of Kingston. Her business is called With a Side of Paint – she’s wonderful!
Balzac’s Coffee has the best carrot cake in town. I also like White Mountain. They have really good ice cream and I’ve gone there since I was a child.
Small and medium businesses create nine out of ten Canadian jobs.
– Statistics Canada –
Canadian businesses have taken on tens of billions of dollars in debt, and many are struggling to repay.
– Statistics Canada –
At least half of every dollar spent at local businesses stays local.
– multiple North American studies –
Kingston was one of the Canadian economies most impacted by COVID-19.
– Conference Board of Canada –
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