Meet Abby. She’s the owner of Special Day Crates. Special Day Crates offers creative, unique, custom made themed gift crates! Handbrewed Soaps has recently begun a partnership with Special Day Crates with a beer themed crate called CHEERS! Below, Abby offers some great business advice as well as tells us her story in starting a small business.
What inspired you to open your store?
I was searching for gifts to give to friends that had recently given birth, and I found very few gifts that were different and would be useful to a mom. Most gift baskets or similar items featured products for the baby. The crate was stumbled upon because I couldn't find a basket I liked! As I searched further I found most gift collections & baskets lacked that 'personal touch' of sincerity and creativity. I think in our daily lives we forget to appreciate people in our lives and what they do for us. A small gift gesture or card can go a long way, and I want to make that experience popular and memorable.
What do you hope your customers "take away" from their shopping/crate experience?
I want them to be able to discover fun, creative and unique gifts that bring joy and smiles to their family, friends and anyone they may know. I want their gift giving experience to be economical and also stress free.
What advice would you give someone that wants to open a small business?
There will always be hundreds of reason not to start your business. If you have a great idea, product, service, etc. sit down and figure out your plan and steps to accomplish start up. Even if it will take a year - keep working at your checklist and you will get there. Everything can be overwhelming, but you will never get there if you don't decide to start.
What is your favorite "local" activity?
I live in Rockville, Maryland. I enjoy checking out the nearby farmers markets on Saturday mornings, or taking my son to the zoo downtown. But seriously, I need to get out more. I've been researching festivals and fairs to set up at this fall, and I really had no idea there was so much going on! Tons of fun activities that I need to explore and embrace!
What's your favorite beer or wine and why?
I love anything Octoberfest - I wish I could drink the fall brews year round. Great Lakes Oktoberfest and Dogfish Head Pumpkin Ale are two favorites. Both have an all around well-balanced flavorful taste. When it's time to wine I enjoy A to Z Pinot Noir from Oregon as it goes well with anything or any mood.
Thanks for letting us get to know you better Abby! It’s great partnering with you! So to all of you looking for fun unique gifts for an individual, or large group, go check out her website!! She is AMAZING!!!