We sat down this month to have a bit of fun in reflection with this blog and the Elliefont Styles owners. They are are so fortunate to have each other and a support system to help them chase their entrepreneurial (and sometimes sassy) dreams. Below are some of the questions they're most commonly asked and are happy to share their experiences as another small way in celebrating #pridemonth.
Q: What inspired you to start Elliefont Styles?
A: We have always been crafty or handy around the house making things or renovating rooms, upgrading and adding new things to our home. We had a friend see a wood item we had made and asked if we could make something for them but wanted made to their specifications. Turns out it was very rewarding to make for them! So we started offering our services to other family and friends and we took off from there.
Q: What does it mean to you to be a LGBT-owned business?
A: Well being LGBT ourselves, we know what it’s like to not be able to find certain items. We have always had a hard time finding cool items and special gifts/mementos with our family dynamic represented. So, understanding the need, and then being able to fulfill this is amazing.
Q: What does Pride month mean for you and your business?
A: Pride month is another time to celebrate our uniqueness and show other generations that it is "okay" to be who we are. We don’t have to hide and we can show our pride loud and proud from a simple shirt to a house full of unique items. Being able to be a small part of the LGBT community by actually creating those items is amazing. Everyday there are new ideas and requests to represent another family just like ours. Having the opportunity to build a business around it is priceless. This is who we are!
Q: Why did you feel it is important to highlight LGBT products?
A: There are not a lot of options out their for families like ours and we can provide total customization to fit anyone’s needs. You can find mommy and daddy or Mr. & Mrs. everywhere. What happens when it’s mommy and mama or daddy and papa or Mrs & Mrs, not so easy to find. Weddings, anniversaries, the birth of a child are all things from which we want to have keepsakes. Everyone deserves to have those that match their families. This truly hits home for us. We know the feeling all too well and wanted to make a difference for other LGBT families.
Q: What advice would you offer to an aspiring LGBT entrepreneur?
A: Love what you do and run with it. Be flexible, there is no one way! Above all be true to who you are.
Q: What is one thing you want customers to know?
A: Every item comes from the heart. Personally made by us. We make, press, paint, cut, sand , stain and design every item. We enjoy knowing that our customers have something they will enjoy forever. We aspire to leave a lasting impression!