We love finding small businesses with amazing products we can use in our work, and we love it even more when they’re local! This Pacific Northwest business ships anywhere, it’s fun for us that Cotton + Co. is relatively local! We reached out to Jennifer, the shop owner, to learn a bit more about her and her business. We hope you enjoy getting to know Jennifer, and check out her shop!
How did you get started in this line of work? I have always loved home decor and sewing projects. When I got into the medical field as an occupational therapist, I was searching for something creative to do outside of work and pillows are always something I’ve loved. I opened my linen closet one day, the extra pillows came flying out at me and I knew I had an addiction. I decided to start making pillow covers and realized this might be a great little business to dabble in. And here I am, almost three years later!
What is the best part about owning your business and how has that changed over time? I love that I have control over the whole process from start to finish. I want my customers to feel like they are getting high quality pillow covers and I’ve worked hard to evolve my sewing and packing what it is today. My shop has changed a lot over the past two years in that I have added more styles to the shop, have become more savvy with social media and learned to be more confident in my product. The mission, however, hasn’t changed. High quality products at prices that are attainable.
What do you find the most challenging? Having enough time to run the shop is hard. I am a mom to three kids, 6 and under and I work full time as an OT Hand Therapist, so finding the time to balance everything, fill orders and still be creative with new designs is the hardest part.
What is one thing you want your customers/clients to know about you and/or your business? It really is a one-man-band. And I take a lot of pride in my product. So I hope it shows.
What is your favorite product/service you offer right now? I can’t choose just one pillow. That’s the beauty of having covers. They are easy to store and change out.
What are your dream goals for your business? My goal is to do the business as my full time job!
How do you “relax” and “unwind” or do you? What does that word mean? HAHA! Actually mini road trips with my family where I can’t do work are great. It forces me to live in the moment instead of continuously planning ahead.
How do you get your creativity/work flow moving? I love Pinterest and being inspired by color stories.
What is your favorite indulgence? Chocolate anything. Period.
Thank you so much Jennifer! As a fan of her shop AND a huge Fall lover, I had some fun putting some groupings together for new Fall looks. You can find all the pillows featured here in her Etsy shop!