Favorite shop Friday. Favorite shop Friday. Favorite shop Friday. Please make that into a song, because I wrote it as I sang it. I just love Friday’s because well, we get to share a shop that we really love!!
What’s your favorite thing about running your shop?!
I love the challenge of custom work. For me there is nothing more rewarding than taking something I am not sure how to make it, and figure it out. I was recently asked to sew some slip covers for boat cushions. I spent three hours measuring and making patterns trying to decide exactly how I was going to do it. I finally dove in and the first run didn’t work….. at all. So after a mini meltdown and some chocolate I tried a new approach. The feeling of completing a successful project is amazing. I love standing back and saying, I can’t believe I made that !!
How did you choose your shop name?
My shop name is Grove’s Cove. It’s a play on my last name of Grove. When I first got married my husband suggested I make a sign for our camper so people could find us and we came up with Grove’s Cove for the sign. After that I used the name for things like emails and such. Fast forward ten years and as I sat and brainstormed a cute name, catchy, and not already used by twenty shops name… my husband said just use Grove’s Cove. So it just made sense.
What makes your shop unique?
I think the products are produce are unique because of my attention to detail. I take a little extra time and care to put details on products to create something unique. I once heard a quote about business; it said something like to succeed you need to be first, best, or cheapest. In the handmade business world it’s hard to be first so I strive to be in the best and unique category. For example my ninja turtles masks have hand drawn detail to add an extra special touch.
Now you, tell us something random about yourself!
I love chocolate, camping, bubble baths, and sleeping in late. I have a huge fear bears, to the point I now refuse to sleep in a tent. I secretly love watching reality TV, and I love my business because it keeps me busy enough I can’t waste my time watching it.
What’s one beauty product you can’t live without?
Professional shampoo and conditioner is my one product I don’t think I could ever give up. Being a busy mom most days there is no makeup and my hair is in a ponytail, but I love knowing my hair is in good shape so that when I want to wear it down I can.
What’s your best advice to running your own business?
Surround yourself with other amazing entrepreneurs. I have made some of my best connections with other vendors at boutiques I have attended. Other business owners will inspire you, lift you up, and support you. By creating a business network you can get advice and create collaborations. Some of my biggest supporters have been other vendors.
Finally, tell us about you!
My mom taught me everything I know about crafting. She could seriously do anything and put my skills to shame. So I spent my entire life crafting, except sewing. I had same basic classes in junior high but I always relied on my mom to sew anything I needed. She made my prom dresses, baby crib sets, and quilts. When I was pregnant with my third baby (a girl finally) unfortunately my mom passed away from cancer. I realized I no longer had my own personal seamstress. So I decided to try my hand at making my own crib set (I had sewn some pillows before so surely this couldn’t be that hard). I bought a pattern and three months later I was finally finished with the crib set. It turned out really good and I was so proud of it. I began to slowly take on other sewing projects, mostly for the new baby. At this same time I was working for the government and they downsized our department and I lost my job. Being on maternity leave and unemployed is not a desirable place to be, but I was close to finishing my degree. So my original goal was to finish school and go back to work. While finishing school I kept on my usual crafting and all my friends kept saying, you should sell on Etsy. I would laugh, but secretly I really wanted to. The day finally arrived and I graduated with bachelors in logistics and bachelors in accounting. (I know those degrees don’t really seem to go together with crafting, but they help me a ton with my business) I convinced my husband that I really liked being a stay at home mom and that this was my only chance to ever pursue my own business. I knew that if I took a regular job I would never quit it to pursue my dreams. And so my shop was born. I started out with both crafted and sewn goods, because my first love will always be crafting and furniture upcycling. Slowly the shop has evolved into a combination of what I am good at and what my customers want. I do mostly sewn goods for babies and children. It took my about six months and I found my niche. I love making baby blankets and kid dress up items, so I am so glad my journey has brought me to this place.