Photos: Bermuda Web At Ledgelets Cottage

October 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Fresh, energetic, creative energy has been bubbling up in Bermuda, as a new networking group for creative entrepreneurs, named “The Bermuda Web”, gathered for the second time last week at the Ledgelets Cottage Colony, at Somerset Bridge.

The brainchild of Gretchen Conyers, Alyssa Rose and Ben Rego, the Bermuda Web’s mission with the event was to encourage creative entrepreneurs to find a space to connect with others, as well as connect creatives who are interested in gaining access to and advice from some of the top creatives in on island.

The Bermuda Web brought invite-only attendees together into a warm and inspiring environment that encouraged creatives be more comfortable with being uncomfortable. They believe the journey to creative entrepreneurial success can be a lonely road, with many stressful challenges, including finding others to link with in the same space.

Ben Rego, a local real estate advisor, said, “I am so impressed with the talent that Bermuda has to offer in a variety of industries. It was our vision to have these gatherings of diverse individuals, all with unique skillsets and connections, so that we can all collaborate and support one another to achieve our various goals.

“No matter what we are all involved with, we all face similar challenges, and we continue to show that when we come together as an island, the future is bright and the possibilities are endless.”

The Ledgelets Cottage Colony [LCC] – the established nucleus for the creative networking group – jumped at the opportunity to host.

“LCC has long been the home of new creativity since its inception in 1948,” said co-owner Alison Corday Young. “Our space lends to the creative vibe in a spiritual way.

“These walls have inspired and nurtured writers, artists, actors, designers, musicians, dancers, chefs, taste-makers, style-setters, politicians, teachers, and business people, to name a few, and their enlightened conversations. The good juju exists; let’s revive it in a focused way.”

Bermuda Web co-founder Gretchen Conyers said, “Bermuda is a very small island that is full of talent. We all get so comfortable with our own social groups that we forget to get outside our comfort zone and truly learn about what others are doing and support them.

“We want to create more positive vibes around our creatives and entrepreneurs by putting them in a safe and fun environment where they can mingle and get their own message out there.”

At every event the group highlights a charity in an effort to expose locals to what our island currently produces.

“We also have added in unique vendors to showcase their products where people can purchase what they would like. This allows these smaller vendors to become better identified and also allows locals to know what Bermuda has to offer,” said co-founder Alyssa Rose.

One of the vendors chosen to support this session’s overarching theme, “environmental awareness”, Sea Change is a range of ethically sourced, environmentally conscious wines that support ocean conservation through direct partnerships with key ocean and marine focused charities.

Other vendors included Limestone & Cedar, locally made, ethically-sourced aromatherapy candles, made in upcycled bottles, as well as Cassine, an online shop owned by Mia Chambray and Jennifer Page, that stock all non-toxic and reef friendly skin and beauty products. Both brands will deliver on island.

Another local vendor that joined the pop-up shop offering was fashion designer Rochelle Nicole. She showed her Fall 2019 collection, “Swirl”, that she sews by hand, all herself. She will take custom orders to upcycle your favorite pieces as well, making what is old, custom and new.

She said, “The Bermuda Web was a great success. It was great to see other female entrepreneurs showcase their items for purchase. The people who attended were all intelligent, all from different aspects of the community whether it be corporate, fashion, food and beverage, or hotel industry. It was great to just meet everyone and network to build my repertoire.”

Looking toward the future, the Bermuda Web will be meeting in a rotation of inspiring creative spaces all with the aim to inspire and connect the next generation of Bermudian-based entrepreneurs and creatives for years to come. For more information on the Bermuda Web, please email thebdaweb@gmail.com.

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