Spaces by Jacflash Spruces Up An Outdated Kitchen and Dining Room!

Spaces by Jacflash transformed this once run-down, dated kitchen and dining room into a modern and luxurious space, while making sure to uphold our client’s vision and appreciation for traditionalism.

We wanted to make this once-cluttered kitchen with a poor use of space more functional, while maximizing every corner of the room to create the illusion of a larger area. Our client wanted a clean, conventional and striking aesthetic. We chose a custom shaker-style millwork and created a built-in wall unit for additional storage in the dining area. We painted the walls Benjamin Moore's 'Simply White' to complement the cabinetry, countertop and backsplash. This served a dual purpose of highlighting key pieces in the space while created an open, airy feel as well.

To add additional flare to the space, we combined modern, clean pulls on the cupboards with more traditional cup handles for the drawers, all in brushed nickel. Updating all of the fixtures and appliances in the space contributed to the overall rejuvenation we were hoping to achieve for our client!

We swapped out all of the existing lighting and replaced it with new, flush pot lights and linear LED under-cabinet lighting to highlight the cabinetry finishes, the herringbone backsplash and the striking veining in the countertops.

A small but impactful design decision was to remove the existing wall between the kitchen and dining area. This created functionality and seamless flow between rooms for our client, in addition to a visually larger, more open space.

The dining table we chose was a classic round tulip table. We surrounded this with four San Francisco dining chairs from Kare Toronto. These pieces fit in the space perfectly, with the soft velvet material and colour of the chairs bringing a necessary warmth to the space. Finally, we lit the dining area with a modern take on a classic fixture, to make the space more intimate and unite the traditional and modern pieces throughout.

"A Day in the Life" with Jaclyn Genovese, published in the Toronto Guardian!

We had so much fun reading this feature on Jacflash founder, Jaclyn Genovese, in the Toronto Guardian. The article discusses Jaclyn’s career trajectory, upcoming projects, and is full of photos that give a glimpse into her everyday life!

Jacflash Presents: Our First Women's Entrepreneurial Event at Thirty Six Knots!

On Wednesday, March 13th, Jacflash events hosted the first of a brand new workshop series called WEW: Women’s Entrepreneurial Event, or #jacflashWEW. The Women’s Entrepreneurial Event was created by Jaclyn Genovese to empower women in the workplace. Jaclyn’s goal is to help women feel an overall sense of confidence, freedom, and financial liberation no matter what they choose to do in their lives. From women who feel stuck in a dead-end job or have an entrepreneurial itch to women who own a small business and are looking to grow, this workshop attracted a diverse audience of powerhouse women!!

We started the evening by welcoming guests to our beautiful event venue, Thirty Six Knots. Thirty Six Knots is a luxury rug and furniture store with a passion for community, great coffee, and all things artisan. Their speciality is hand-woven, custom rugs that come to life through the intersection of interior designers, graphic designers, and weavers in India. With their beautiful pieces, in-store cafe, and unique spaces, Thirty Six Knots was the perfect place to host our event. Their staff were beyond helpful and ensured the night ran smoothly.

We were pleased to have Grand Cru Deli catering our event. They set up a delicious charcuterie display full of meats, crackers, and dips we just loved! Grand Cru Deli is a deli x wine bar located at 304 Richmond Street West. In addition to keeping our bellies full, Grand Cru Deli provided a special promotion for anyone looking to hire them for catering services: complimentary hors d’oeuvres at your next event! We also had Tonica kombucha and Flow water graciously donated for this event.

Our guests took a seat in a beautiful room at the back of the store, full of carpet swatches, ready for the event to begin. First up, Jaclyn Genovese, CEO and founder of Jacflash, shared her story to success, along with tips, tricks, and secrets to creating a successful business. The interview was dynamic, funny, and extremely educational. Jaclyn talked about her journey from owning a clothing store on Queen Street West and hosting parties at Toronto’s hottest nightclubs to the birth of Spaces by Jacflash and Fitness by Jacflash. She shared what worked and what didn’t work in the past, how she juggles everything she’s working on, and websites and business tools everyone should know! At the end of the interview, guests were able to ask Jaclyn any questions they had about her story or advice they were hoping to get.

We were so excited about our sponsor, Vistaprint. Vistaprint is a one-stop-shop for all your small business needs. They specialized in expertly designed custom marketing with a simple, straightforward ordering process and extremely timely turnaround! We placed our order for this event on a Thursday, and received everything exactly as we’d envisioned it by the following Monday! In addition to printing all of our promotional materials, table runners, Jacflash notepads and pens, Vistaprint brought our “Key Lessons” handouts to life. These were waiting on everyone’s chairs as they were seated, so guests could follow along and take notes under each section as Jaclyn and Kay discussed it.

The latter part of the evening centred around our business representatives. They were invited to the event to share their business services with our community. After brief introductions, we all moved into another room where the business representatives had set up their stations with business cards, promotional materials, and anything else (we even had a representative bring homemade sugar cookies)! Guests were able to mingle with each other and the business representatives, sign up to receive their services, and demo any products that were brought. Our business representatives included:

  • Annie Lam from Youth Employment Services,

  • Shani Campbell-François from Selective Insurance Group,

  • Cassie Drake from Influentielle,

  • Dymika Hart from UNSGND,

  • Yvonne Stanley from Elevated Vision,

  • Denisha Stephenson from Hylton House,

  • Gabriella Levkov from DLA Piper Law Firm,

  • Jody Euloth from The Mesh Media Network,

  • Nataleigh Ballantyne from NB Media.

As a special treat, we invited all guests to leave their business card on a table at the centre of the room, so they could promote their own business with the group. After the event was over, Jaclyn shared these businesses with her 43.9k Instagram followers to maximize exposure for everyone who left a card!

This event was such a success and we cannot wait to continue building our #jacflashWEW series. For anyone who missed out, a special online version of this workshop can be purchased here. As this particular event will not be repeated, we highly recommend you catch up online to learn Jaclyn’s story, business advice, and lay a strong foundation for what’s to come!

03/05/19 Fitness by Jacflash Women's Power Yoga Workshop with Kay Ghajar and Fertility Acupuncturist Anne Matthews

On Tuesday, February 5th, Fitness by Jacflash hosted a Women’s Power Yoga Workshop with Yoga Instructor Kay Ghajar and Fertility Acupuncturist Anne Matthews.

All photos courtesy of our amazing photographer, Nicole Shabada.

Goodie bag sponsors included lunapads reusable pads, tansy & mae scrunchies, LADY FLOW premenstrual ease and relief teas, easy period organic cotton tampons, and Andie & Co. custom-made essential oil rollerballs.

Our space, yoga mats, and equipment were provided by lululemon’s the attic - a fully functional studio with change rooms, washroom, filtered water, and sound system - located above the iconic Queen Street West store.

As always, tea was provided for attendees so they could cozy up and settle in for the Wellness Education portion of the event. We were thrilled to host Anne Matthews, who debunked period and fertility myths, shared tips and tricks for a healthy period, and answered our burning questions. Anne was gracious, knowledgable, and SO FUNNY.

Our yoga instructor Kay Ghajar then lead us in a one hour power yoga session. Her detailed, descriptive instruction and high energy made the class exciting, comprehendible and achievable for the women in the class who are all at different levels. You can catch Kay’s regular class Tuesdays in the attic from 7:45-8:45PM.

Our amazing assistant, fellow yoga instructor Meredith Marr, was on-hand providing assists and adjustments for everyone.

Our raffle ticket prizes were two pairs of THINX underwear. These period-proof undies hold up to 2 tampons’ worth — yet look and feel like regular underwear. Our Fitness by Jacflash founder, Jaclyn Genovese is a THINX Leader, which means you can shop for THINX underwear and save $10 dollars with the following link