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LGBT2Q+ Business Profile – Sweetnam’s Nik Naks

“Sweetnam’s – Your little bit of everything store!”

Sweetnam’s Nik Naks, located at 2067 Enterprise Way, is a fun collectible novelty style store with lots of nerdy movie and gaming gifts, like pop figures, dungeons and dragons, keychains, wallets, socks, toys, games, buttons, and seasonal décor, where they strive to create a safe place where everyone from all walks of life can relax and enjoy their personalized customer service.

Beginning their journey as a niche store, Sweetnam’s tried to provide for the needs of people, who like them, live on a tight budget, providing their customers the opportunity to buy simple birthday gifts, decorations, and unique items at affordable prices.

Originally located in Salmo, one of the owners, Josiah Sweetnam says, “My brother and I grew up with our parents owning the business since 2002. Then we moved the store to Barriere, BC. I have always liked the idea of owning a business and loved running lemonade stands when my brother and I were younger.

“Then 6 years ago, I wanted to move back to Kelowna, where I was born, and see what it was like to run a business in a bigger city, so my dad, brother, and I set up Sweetnam’s Nik Naks in Kelowna.”

Along the way, Sweetnam’s also got involved with some comic-cons, KFX, Penti-Con, KCC, and Northern Fancon, where they realized how much they loved being a part of the comic-con family.

In addition to running the store, Josiah loves cosplay and creating costumes for it. He has been sewing for a while and has taken some courses for it, plus he is a huge fantasy sci-fi fan and loves everything to do with fandoms.

Josiah only recently came out as gay and it has been a difficult struggle, especially when coming from a small community where it is not as openly accepted. He is fortunate to have the support of his dad, brother, gramma, a couple of close friends, and some of his comic-con family, but Josiah has been nervous about stepping out and letting others know. Thankfully, the LGBT2Q+ community here in Kelowna has quietly shown their support and kindness to him while he’s gone through this process and so they all feel that supporting the community back is their way of saying thank you and continuing to foster this compassionate understanding community that they’ve benefitted from.  

When asked what his favourite thing about running Sweetnam’s Nik Naks is, Josiah said, “It’s our store, so we can take the time to talk with people, listen, lift them up if needed, and be lifted up just the same. It is not simply about selling stuff.”

You can also find Sweetnam’s online at https://sweetnamsniknaks.com/

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Non-Binary Mechanic Offers Welcoming Space for LGBT2Q+ Community

‘The Roaming Ratchet’ offers a safe space for those in the LGBT2Q+ community that might feel uncomfortable going to a traditional garage.

A mechanic from Merrickville, Ont., has launched a mobile garage service with a twist: Along with tune-ups and oil changes, Kai Dean’s business, The Roaming Ratchet, also promises a safe and welcoming space for the region’s LGBT community. 

“I’m a non-binary human, so that means I don’t identify as a man or a woman. Yes, we exist,” said Dean, 36, who has worked in the automotive trade for more than a decade and knows that some people are ill at ease in a traditional garage setting.

Hallie CotnamCBC News

To read more of this story, follow the link to CBC News

(Image Credit: Francis Ferland/CBC)

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Welcome Sweetnam’s Nik Naks to Kelowna.LGBT

“Your little bit of everything store”, part-owned by an LGBT2Q+ person has joined the Kelowna LGBT directory.

Help Support the BC Children’s Hospital

At Sweetnam’s Nik Naks we are proud to support the BC Children’s Hospital through Extra Life for Kids. Click the link below to help us raise funds for the hospital, or come into the store to purchase a Milka Chocolate bar and we will donate .50 cents from each Milka sold, to help support this Fantastic cause 🙂


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