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Conversations with the Inspiring Allison Gharst and Kellie Dooley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Allison Gharst and Kellie Dooley.

Allison and Kellie, please share your story with us. 
We were originally both teachers who stopped teaching to start families. It was when Pinterest had just started ramping up, so as little self-love mom times, we started crafting in one of our kitchens, copying things we saw on Pinterest. That rolled into requests from friends and family and eventually became a sign-making business – @peabodyandsassafras. We then became vendors at Queen Bee Market, then owned by another pair of sisters, and a year later, when they decided to sell it, we jumped at the opportunity and became the new owners. This is our 4th year running it together.

Has it been a smooth road?
One of the biggest struggles we have had is the over saturation of the San Diego area with other handmade markets. This could apply to any new company. When something good comes along others see an opportunity to try it themselves. We have been adamant in rising above the other choices and keeping to what we know is the best we can be, not cutting any corners or being willing to compromise quality to make more money. And in the long run, we feel like that will allow us to rise above.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Queen Bee Market story. Tell us more about the business.
We are a handmade and vintage pop-up market held twice yearly in San Diego (currently at the Del Mar Fairgrounds) and twice yearly in Las Vegas – featuring the best of the best in makers from across the country. In addition, we host Queen Bee Craft Nights in both locations throughout the year. These feature a guest celebrity crafter, 50 guests, three take-home crafts, dinner, dessert, drinks, swag bags, and giveaways. We are proud to support makers, mostly moms, who pour their heart and soul into their creations to help support their families; creating beautiful environments for our shoppers that are a full experience; and focusing on quality over quantity, even at the expense of a greater profit.

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
We are just starting to use as a new maker community tool and I’m a huge fan of the podcast @Momstrugglingwell for inspiration and refocusing.

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Image Credit:
Megan Ann Photography

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