Bread and Badger
The winner is…. Brian Hutcheson! ♥ Bread & Badger, Mr. Brontosaurus, & UCU
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Amanda Siska, owner and artist behind Bread and Badger. I create fun, offbeat designs that are sandblasted onto high-quality glassware and ceramic mugs by my husband. We work from our home, which our employee friends will tell you is always full of yummy smells from the latest garden fresh cooking endeavors that we pursue in our spare time.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
Oh man! We’ve been working on so many new things at once. One of the biggest things we’re excited about right now is professional packaging, so our cups will look incredible and tell our story better. These gift boxes are extra sturdy for traveling/shipping, and will be easy to gift wrap (unlike a misshapen wad of bubble wrap), and they’re totally recyclable! Hooray for greener business improvements!
Any new exciting news you’d like to share with our readers?
Right now, we’re starting a punch card program so customers can earn rewards with their purchases and by referring friends to get free things. I’m working out the details as I write this, but it should be in full swing for the holiday show!
We’ll also have some awesome scratch tickets that each have different discounts hidden inside them. Some will be included in the Swag Bags for the first 100 shoppers coming through the doors each day, and you’ll have a chance to earn more in our booth. Come ask us how!
Where do you see your business in 3 years?
We’re expanding our design categories next year with lots of wedding-friendly sets and some more feminine themes, plus the new, nicer packaging so that you’ll be extra proud to give our cups as gifts for big occasions.
Long-term, we’re planning a few new product lines to move beyond just drink ware, and incorporate more useful objects for your offbeat home. We’ll be working with local ceramics manufacturers, to have high quality, custom items that we’ll design ourselves. We’re hoping to
move into a warehouse space that customers can shop from in person, too. We hired our first part-time employee this year, and we’d like to have a few more.
What’s something you’ve learned through running your business in the past 12 months?
I’ve learned that we can pretty much do anything if we put our minds and hearts into it, but that it might take longer than I’d like. Ha! Isn’t that true of everything?
We were hoping to expand our business a lot this year and move it out of our house, but the first 4-7mo. were all about gathering data, talking to our customers about what they want to see, and planning the details of our attack.
We’re in a perfect position to accomplish a lot of things in the next 3 years, but somehow I’d thought we could get it all done in just one. Sometimes, it’s good to sit back and appreciate all that planning, and all that you’ve accomplished in the meantime, because your goals are just bigger than you’d realized. I’m a lot less stressed out now that I’m not trying to rush full-steam ahead.
What do your customers love most about your products?
People are always telling us how much they love giving (and receiving!) our cups as gifts. Because we always have new designs, there’s something for everyone, and I think getting to choose from all our different options is part of the fun of shopping with us.
We also learned during the summer show that our Seattle customers really love our juice glasses as gifts for kids, and for drinking wine from themselves, since they’re a perfect 5oz! I feel terrible that we didn’t have any with us for sale at that time, so I’ll be sure we have some for the holidays.
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