Pineapple Street Designs: How We Started Our Own Business
Hi! We are Bekah and Christy of Pineapple Street Designs and this is our very first blog post. We talk a lot, but when it came time to start writing words down to share, it was actually really intimidating. “Blogging” has always been on the to do list but has been the thing we have been OK not crossing off and pushing to the next page of our notebooks (and we absolutely LOVE crossing things off of our to do list, so that’s a big deal). We are constantly pushing to make forward progress in our business and decided that this is the moment to start blogging, capitalizing on all the good New Year’s resolutions vibes.
The quintessential first blog post seems to be telling your story. So for today we settled on sharing the first part of our story and a little bit about who we are. This is a story about love, partnership, and pineapples.
It started with a wedding, as most wedding industry stories probably do. I (Bekah) was getting married in 2014 and wanted to make my New York City wedding really special for all of my guests. Many of them were traveling long distances and I appreciated them all coming so much and was really looking at each detail of my wedding to have it be meaningful and special. I am also a teacher and was paying for my wedding myself, so I couldn’t break the bank. New York City is where I met my husband and where we had our entire relationship, so I wanted my table numbers to be reflective of our love story and share a piece of our journey with each person sitting at the table. I made a list of our favorite New York City icons and knew exactly what I wanted them to look like, but couldn’t find them anywhere. That very same day I saw the sketchbook of a teacher I worked with (Christy!) and immediately asked her if she would like to work on an art project with me. She said yes right away and even though we couldn’t have known then what we were signing up for, this was the first step in our Pineapple Street Designs journey.
(Christy here!) After Bekah’s wedding, her family and friends could NOT stop talking about their escort cards and table cards. Bekah came up to me at school and asked if I’d be interested in starting an Etsy shop with her. I never could have imagined in that moment that the little architectural sketches I had been doing in my sketchbook would grow into a full-fledged business and way of life for both of us! In a matter of weeks we went from coworkers who saw each other occasionally in the halls to business partners who read each other’s mind and finish each other’s sentences.
Through this blogging experience we want to share our ideas and learn from you. We want to hear what you think and what you want to read about from us and our experience. So if you’re thinking about putting something out there but worried about the details, you are not alone. We’re right there with you and so are so many other people and we want to cheer you on!
Stay tuned this month for more pieces of our story, our love for pineapples, the support system that keeps us going (yes this includes coffee), and some of our pineapple projects right now.
Thanks for tuning in!
Bekah & Christy