A family-owned business in Elmwood is making it easier for kids of all ages to play dress up.
Carla Oliphant, along with her daughters Heather, 26, Jessica, 19, and Adrianna, 24, operate The Creative Stage Emporium, a costume studio and vintage jewelry boutique, at 100-189 Henderson Hwy.
The family has been operating the business out of its current location for the past year.
The family business hosts costume parties with a number of themes including princess palace, diva runway and Neverland.
The idea of hosting costume parties seemed like a natural to Oliphant, a mother of three daughters.
"We were always involved in dress ups, and as a child I would often create my own plays," she said. "We thought we’d combine our love of parties and costumes."
While dress up parties for kids are common, Oliphant’s company also hosts wedding showers and birthday parties for older individuals.
"There are ladies in their 20s to their 60s in wigs and boas just laughing and having a good time," Oliphant said.
"It puts a smile on my face. It’s fun to watch people break down the age barriers, it’s quite fun. "
Adrianna said she often feeds off the energy participants bring to the parties.
"I feel it’s contagious. These kids are creative and funny. You have to be there to experience it," she said.
"It’s a creative experience for those attending the party."
Christine Polet, who held a sixth birthday party for her daughter at the studio earlier this month, said she was impressed by what she saw and is already planning to return.
"It was wonderful. They handled everything," Polet said. "A lot of the girls said it was the best party they’ve been to. "
Transcona resident Marlene Jackson, who has taken kids from her daycare in Birds Hill School to the studio, said it provides the kids an opportunity to try something different and be creative.
"It’s amazing there. The children we took were three and four years old and they were able to accommodate both age groups," said Jackson, who also held her daughter’s 10th birthday party at the studio.
"It gives the kids the opportunity to be creative. "
Oliphant said she’s happy to provide the area with something unique.
"We have people from all over the place. We’ve put Elmwood on the map ad a destination place," Oliphant said.
For more information on the studio visit http://thecreativestageemporium.vpweb.ca/.