Meet Heather, the owner and face behind Madeline's Box!
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO OPEN A BUSINESS?
I opened this little business 2 years ago when I was pregnant with my baby boy, Ezra. I couldn't find a pacifier clip on the market that suited my taste so I took matters into my own hands and I had the idea to take 2 leather strands and braid them together to make his first pacifier clip. ( there was nothing like this on the market at the time). I liked the look so much, I decided to go out on a limb and open an Etsy shop and it's been history ever since. I now have my own website and we can be found in boutiques around the country. We are the first to bring leather braided pacifier clips to market!
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME?
Madeline's Box is named after my 5 year old, Madeline. Even though I opened my shop because I was making pacifier clips for my baby boy at the time, I wanted her to be apart of it too... so I named it after her. And the Box part, I pictured customers receiving their packages full of accessories from my shop!
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS HANDMADE?
Yes! While I used to stay up until 2am braiding pacifier clips for my little shop, I now have a team of awesome ladies in New Jersey who make our pacifier clips by hand each day. My heart is full!
WHAT'S THE HARDEST THING ABOUT OWNING A BUSINESS?
There are definitely ups and downs of running a business. I am a stay at home mama to Madeline (5) and Ezra (2). My husband is an internal medicine intern at the hospital and he's gone a lot. It's been difficult juggling this business, my children, and keeping up with life in general all while my husband works long shifts. However, I've learned if I set goals each week, one of them being to put my children FIRST, I've found everything else falls into place and somehow works out. This business has been an absolute blessing to my little family and has helped us get through medical school and now residency!
WHAT'S YOUR ADVISE FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO OPEN A BUSINESS?
I say go for it! I graduated college in Elementary Education so I have zero background in business. I think all you need is a good idea ( never taking someone else's idea of course - it gets tiring seeing people ripping off other people's designs and calling them their own. Just don't do it. Be original.) All it takes to be successful is drive, motivation, and hard work! I've spent countless hours reading lots of articles about running a business and with a little bit of creativity and hard work, Madeline's Box has been successful! It's a daily effort but I love it and am so thankful!
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR FAMILY
Sure! I've been married to my sweetheart for almost 9 years now! Wow. Crazy to think that. He's originally from San Jose, California and I'm from Dallas, Texas. We've been living on the East Coast the past 5 years for Medical School and his Intern year for Residency. We LOVE traveling and seeing new places. It's been so much fun living so close to Philadelphia, New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, etc. as we've visited and seen so much rich history and beauty out here! I love it. Our kids love traveling and exploring too.
Madeline and Ezra both have red hair and I LOVE it! I never would have thought I'd have red headed children. They both are so friendly and love everyone they meet. They bring so much joy in our lives and I love watching them grow. I was just thinking the other day how neat it would be if Madeline took over this business one day! She definitely has an entrepreneur spirit!
Thank you SO much for supporting my small business and for supporting the original of leather braided pacifier clips! I stand by my products and hope you love them too! Thanks for reading & please don't hesitate to reach out!
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