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10 Questions with… David & Kristy from Beard & Company
Every week we like to have a fun “10 questions” session with one of our contributors to the Indie Craft Sampler. Some serious, but mostly fun questions. This week we are talking with one of our April contributors, the married duo- David & Kristy of Beard & Company.
1. What made you decide to open a men’s body care shop?
I’ve always enjoyed high quality everyday products like pomades, cologne, lotion, and things of that nature. It really came down to creating something that I would want to buy myself. It’s great you have the ability of knowing what the hit, trendy thing is and going for it, which is awesome, but I simply just know what I like and that’s my inspiration.
My favorite customers are women who buy it for themselves because they just want a good product. I like to call it (Not Just) For Men. We try to appeal to everybody who appreciates quality over trendy items with little value.
2. Is Beard & Company full time? If not, what is your day jobs?
It certainly is now, thanks to the lovely folks who supported us since we started. We are in multiple salons, clothing stores and the like all over the country. I myself (David) have worked at retail stores, hospitals for humans and animals, teaching courses at a local community college, working for a large video game company are some highlights.
My wonderful wife Kristy has worked as an operations manager of a tech start-up company and is putting all of that first hand knowledge to work. We also have some producing/camera credits on some television work together as well.
3. What is it like working with your spouse? What part do each of you play in your shop?
Anything numbers and technical is her. Labels, taxes, shipping, invoicing. I’ll end up rounding the numbers just to finish quicker. Thank goodness because she makes sure that we actually run our business properly. Packaging, filling orders is a split process but I love the creation and customer relation aspect. Mixing oils and blending new scents is just really fun for me. She clearly does more than myself and I can’t thank her enough.
We get along great, actually. I couldn’t imagine not being with her. Running a business together has always been a dream of ours even before we knew each other.
4. Where do you get inspiration for new product/scents for your shop? What is your favorite product you make?
We certainly don’t have any specific sources. Just a blend of everything we are from past experiences to future aspirations. We do a lot of window-shopping when we travel. It’s always so interesting to see what locals are up to elsewhere in the world. There are some great handmade items if you just keep a lookout. Some that stick out are some shops on the Mohawk Trail going from Connecticut north up to Vermont. There is a great section of the state where it’s heavily American Indian which features awesome shops and handmade goods. Colorado has amazing shops all over, and they’re usually around the great nature stuff like around the National Parks.
My favorite product is our arctic peppermint body lotion. I love anything with a cooling sensation. My wife loves the Inferno oils (cinnamon and peppermint) or the Skittleburst! (citrus candy) oils. Skittles rule.
5. What is the best advice another shop owner has give you? Do you have any advice for others?
Unfortunately I have not been given much advice but I have not been looking for it, either. What everyone else is doing is irrelevant. If you love your product to the fullest extent and truly believe in it, then there is nothing left to do expect get it out there and don’t give up. Pay attention to detail and start with small pieces. The big picture is daunting. Set up a daily, realistic schedule with breaks. Don’t give up. No fairy dust or sugar coating. A lot of hard work.
6. You & your wife love to travel, where has been your favorite place on earth you have visited so far? Where is a place you can’t wait to visit next?
I must have some sort of syndrome where I am unable to pick favorites but some highlights would include the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park in Maine. It was pea-soup fog that day. Couldn’t tell if you were in Silent Hill or not, let alone at the top of a mountain. Very cool place, during a certain time of the year, if you are on the top, you are the first people to see the sun rise of the East Coast.
Top of the Rocky Mountains past Estes Park, CO was a trip for sure. Freezing rain at the top after driving all the way, around 15,000ft, in a Smart car. Heroes were made that day.
I want to look down into an active volcano once in my life. Visiting Space in some fashion would be awesome if that could be possible in our lifetime. Why have limits? I want to visit the future, too.
Kristy: Like Dave, it’s really hard for me to choose a favorite since we’ve seen so many cool places so far. The Rockies and Acadia National Park are definitely at the top of my list, but I also had a blast in other places like Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Salem, Massachusetts, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. California is at the top of my “can’t wait to see” list.
7. If your life were a movie, what song or type of music would play during the opening credits?
My cool answer is Top Gun but my realistic answer would be The Benny Hill theme. My life seems to be a comedy of errors sometimes.
Her theme would be any song from any movie in the 1980’s. Think the Weird Science theme, that sort of thing.
Kitty lounging quite comfortable where we lay our faces. Explains my allergies
8. What one invention would you un-invent if you could?
Customer service phone trees.
9. If you could live one day in the life of any profession, what would it be?
I’m happy to be doing what I enjoy as of now but stand-comedian (didn’t say I was even funny) or anything where minimal physical work or sitting in an office building is required would be preferable.
Or professional pastry eater.
Kristy: I would love to be the President of the U.S. today.
10. And finally, why should people visit your shop?
We only make what we use and really truly love. Everything we offer has high-quality ingredients inside. We add in our creativity, knowledge, experiences and beliefs inside and what you get is something that speaks for itself. Visit Beard and Company.
David & Kristy from Beard and Company contributed 50 beard & hair oil vials for the April Samplers. To purchase an April sampler with 14-15 handmade items inside click HERE.