April 23, 2014
Welcome to another edition of Little Miss Chatty.
Today we are featuring the two adorable ladies, behind the genius brand Gracious Goodies – welcome bags for hotel guests.
Have you ever driven for what seems like hours, got to the hotel room excited to rummage through the welcome bag and been sadly let down? Us too. That half crushed bag of pretzels and mini water bottle only go so far. Seri and I know all too well the importance and value of a well thought out gift bag. Enter Gracious Goodies; a NY and LA based company specializing in custom and locally themed gift bags for all of your out-of-town guests and late night partygoers. And these gals Sara and Bree thought of everything. In addition to the carefully curated selection of treats, you have the option of choosing from a ton of thoughtful extras such as magazines, (US weekly anyone?) beach towels, kids coloring books, local maps and more. Simple choose your tote, make your selections and they handle the rest — pretty easy, right? Bags are hand delivered if you are in the NY or LA area and can also be shipped anywhere nationwide. And these stylish totes are not limited to just weddings. We love this idea for corporate functions or as a custom party favor! Your guests will thank you — we promise.
How did the idea for Gracious Goodies come about? The idea of Gracious Goodies started over 6 years ago when I was pregnant with my son. My husband and I were travelling to a wedding and by the time we arrived and checked into our room we were starving! We were literally trying to evenly divide the snacks from the welcome bag we had been given when the idea clicked! I started investigating and found there was no companies at that time that just did the Welcome Bags so I knew the timing was right. Now, there are so many companies doing this which makes me thrilled to see how this market has grown!
What has been the biggest challenge of starting/running your own business? Everyday brings a new challenge when you start and run your own business. You never really know when you start just how hard it is to make it truly successful. There were (and still are!) many long days that continued into very late nights! Of course it was all well worth it!
Seri and I are working moms as well…how do you both find balance between your company, your husbands and your kids? Balance with kids, husbands and a business is a constant struggle! We are so fortunate that our husbands are incredibly supportive and our kids and best friends so that makes life a lot easier!
What is in your perfect “gracious goodies” bag? The perfect Gracious Goodies Welcome Bag to us is a little bit of everything… a fabulous bag with something salty, something sweet, extra chocolates, a drink and something fun – we love scratch off tickets!
Where do you see your business in 5 years? In 5 years (or sooner) we would love to have a store front for our clients to be able to come in and make their own gift bags!
Thanks for chatting with us ladies! We absolutely love your brand and wish you nothing but continued success and great things in the future.
Now to the GIVEAWAY! Since spring is officially here, we are thrilled to offer one reader the chance to win the Hamptons Map Tote with Hamptons Popcorn, Tates cookies and North Fork Chips.
We’ll be choosing one lucky winner for the Gracious Goodies Spring is Here Giveaway on Monday, April 28th.
Rules to enter:
– Leave a comment below telling us what you would like to find in the perfect gift bag
– Follow Little Miss Party on Facebook
– Follow Gracious Goodies on Facebook
– Must be a resident of the US or Canada