We work with some of the most fabulous stores all around the globe! Here is just one of them...
Bernice Greenacre, the Owner and Founder of The Bees Knees Kids, is one of the sweetest women I have ever "met". She may be on the other side of the globe, but it seems like she lives right next door! She has created this fabulous children's store and is only 6 months in, but is already a tremendous success. I am honored to work with her and am so excited to see our brand spreading across the AU!
Here is just a little about her store:
The Bees Knees Kids is an online Store specializing in Products that we are passionate about and that we use or have used, loved and that have just made our lives with two lively kids a little easier! Our focus is to provide a great range of clothing that is vibrant fun and stands out from the crowd.
When did you open the store?
In June 2009
What was your inspiration to start The Bees Knees Kids?
Buying gorgeous,unique,practical and excellent quality items for my own daughter Eva. I found this challenging to find at Chain stores and found the quality, variety and range lacking! I also dislike my children having the same clothes as every one else they are unique individuals and need to be dressed accordingly and stand out from the crowd! I also do most of my shopping for my own children online as it is convenient quick and easy. I find it a challenge having to go out and purchase things with the children and would rather do this in the comfort of my own home without the crowds. I also wanted to be able to work from home do something I am passionate about I saw that other Mums are doing this and I wanted to do the same and be at home with my children.
What is your best/funniest customer story?
One customer came to our house (we have a room set up as a shop) as we allow customers to come and shop by appointment. Her daughter made a bee line straight for the RuffleButts bloomers and the Mum went away with a few new editions to her wardrobe even her Princess couldn't resist the cuteness of the RuffleButts Bloomers!
Any RuffleButts stories from the store?
RuffleButts is by far our best seller and we are BIG fans ourselves!
Customers just keep on coming back to order more and I have recieved so many requests for certain lines that we do not yet have! We plan to have every line to make it possible for all Australians to have easy access to this gorgeous product. You will see from all our testimonials its all about RuffleButts!! LOL :-)
Another thing we love about RuffleButts is that little girls can look like little girls and not mini adults! The range is practical as you can mix and match everything for any Mum that is a huge time saver as it takes the guess work out of everything!
A friend of mine, who happens to be the Owner and Designer of StellaJane, sent me a fabulous quote today. It was so perfect, I wanted to share...
Life is like a grindstone, it can wear you down or polish you up. It all depends on what you're made of.
She also ended her email with some fabulous words of wisdom..."It it's conceived in your heart and lives in your soul, you will have the strength to see it through."
I am amazed by all of the incredible people in my life. Some of them close friends, others associates through the business, many of them customers that feel like family, and others whom I've never even spoken with that rally around with smiles and support. And, I definitely can not fail to mention a husband that puts up with me day in and day out! I have the best job in the world and do what I do for the most adorable little human beings I've ever seen! I'm learning and living, and taking in all in one day at a time, but I feel lucky to do it pretty much every day. RuffleButts was my first child. It is my outlet, my creation, that I am lucky enough to share with incredible people everywhere. For those of you that are concerned about me and my disappointment with yesterday's drama...no worries here! I was most torn and distraught over the decision to share the experience. I always strive to do the right thing, but I also believe you must stand up for yourself. I remain positive and so excited about this year ahead with RuffleButts!
So this is my last post in regards to the whole issue from today. I use the ruffleblog to post the good, the bad, and most importantly, the honest perspective through my eyes on this entrepreneurial journey. I never claim to be perfect, just honest. Let me make one clarification on my earlier posts from today. I am not claiming that I was the first to make ruffled bloomers, nor do I think that our designs will go uncopied. That is the nature of the apparel business. What hurt me was the fact that the creator of that other website/brand emailed and spoke with me personally on numerous occasions. She asked for my advice, took my personal time, to inquire about our sales practices, drop shipping, advertising and business contacts. I helped her because I wanted to pay it forward. I feel so incredibly blessed to do what I do, and I want to help others. I was hurt that she would contact me under false pretenses, and then create products so similar to ours, using our business contacts.
I struggled personally with sharing this experience, but I also believe that, although I may be judged, I will always share my honest and true self. I go through the same that others do, I am human, a mom, wife and entrepreneur, and this is a personal journey. Take what you may, read it or don't, like it or not, this is my experience.
I truly and sincerely appreciate all of the kind words...many more than those that criticized, but being honest again, it is always difficult for me to hear the unpleasant. I will take this experience, as I do all others...one to learn from. I am over it, and on to more positive things in my life. I have said it a million times, and I will probably say it a million more...I am so extremely blessed to have such incredible customers, amazing friends and family, and to do what I love every day.