“Chalk Talk Glass started with my sister Sharon and a simple DIY project for an upcoming cocktail party. The initial wine glasses were an instant hit – everyone loved them and wanted to have some for their next party” says Trish Babb, co-owner.
I received the Chalk Talk Great Grapes Wine Glass and a Shamrock Pint Glass. I love the cute little details hand-painted onto each glass. I also liked the glassware itself, very sturdy. You can tell that the glasses used are of high quality. I was surprised how easy the chalk came off too. You can just use your finger if you want, or a damp rag. Chalk is also provided with the glasses. Chalk Talk Glasses also come with designs in hearts (for Valentine’s or a romantic evening) and paws where a percentage of each purchase goes to a local dog rescue program.
Interview with Creator Trish Babb
Q: What made you want to create Chalk Talk Glasses? How did you come up with the idea?
Trish: My sister made some for a party, everyone loved them (including me) and so I thought let’s go for it and see if we can really sell some of these.
Q: How did you choose this name for your product?
Trish: We needed a name that related to the product, was easy to remember and had an available URL.
Q: How long has your product been available? When will we see more?
Trish: Sharon made the first glasses almost 2 years ago, but we only decided to create a business in late 2010 and our website has only been up for a few months now.
Q: What is a typical workday like?
Trish: Now that the website is up and running I’m focused on driving traffic and sales through PR, social media, paid search, online advertising and word of mouth. At any given point I’m looking out for influential bloggers, related sites, and PR opportunities to drive awareness of our products. I also handle our finances, accounting, and reporting.
Q: What is your balancing secret in managing a business and family?
Trish: It’s amazing what you can get done during naps, after bedtime, and on a blackberry! I’ve also found it really helpful to create reusable assets so I’m not recreating the wheel each time I need to write or talk about our business. Of course, it helps to be really organized. If I let the sticky notes pile up too much I start to go crazy so much of my part of the business is managed online or thru excel spreadsheets.
Q: Do you have any advice for other mom entrepreneurs that are starting out and struggling, or are on the fence about starting a business?
Trish: Don’t be afraid. You may fail or succeed but at least you will have done something new. Too many people worry about not being an expert or not knowing exactly how to do something and it prevents them from moving forward. At some point, you have to be like Nike and just do it. When I was creating the website I kept laughing ‘cause I had no idea what I was doing but now I’m really proud of what we’ve created. Once you take that first step you’ll be amazed at what you can figure out and how many resources are out there to help you when you get stuck. Remember, we’re women and moms, we are amazing. There isn’t much we can’t do.
UPDATE: This company is no longer in business. Chalkboard labels are available on Amazon.