Freshly Launched :: Pretty My Drink

Launched: Pretty My Drink
Date: December 2009

LaunchHER says: LaunchHER loves to find great hostess gifts. Who needs another candle or bottle of wine? Next time you are headed to your friends beach house for the weekend, or to a dinner party, bring a set of glasses or hand painted decanter from Pretty My Drink. Who knows- maybe your host will leave an extra chocolate on your pillow at turn-down!

The HER behind it: Chelsey Hill

In HER words:
Pretty My Drink is a line of hand painted glassware and accessories that I launched in December, 2009 and is based out of Cleveland, Ohio. Painting glassware provides me with the perfect creative outlet and I’m determined to make the product more prominent in the marketplace.

My mission is to provide affordable, stylish glassware that will complement every woman’s lifestyle. My product offering includes glassware ranging from glass pitchers to wine glasses, unique wine charms made out of bottle caps, and modern drink coasters. Custom orders are welcomed and encouraged!

I take much pride in developing designs that will not only bring happiness into people’s lives, but will also help improve lives. Pretty My Drink is affiliated with The Water Project, which is an organization that provides clean water to people in Africa & India who don’t have access to it. A portion of each sale goes to support this important cause.

For LaunchHER readers:: 20% off with message to seller “LaunchHER” at checkout

Freshly Launched :: Bettie’s Cakes

Launched: Bettie’s Cakes – A Cupcakery
Date: November 2009

LaunchHER says: We’ve been there, we love it and our town (Saratoga Springs, NY) really needed a kick ass cupcakery with a smart biz lady behind it all! Go Bettie! (Lorraine)

The HER behind it: Lorraine Murphy

In HER words:
My name is Lorraine Murphy and I own Bettie’s Cakes – A Cupcakery Café. Bettie’s is a fun, family friendly Cupcakery with a retro vibe. It is guaranteed to impress the most discriminating sweet tooth and is Saratoga’s home for fine cupcakes and original desserts! I opened Bettie’s Cakes on November 18, 2009 and chose Saratoga because it is such a classic town. Cupcakes are wholesome goodness and I wanted to be sure this was a place where people could come for great food and good clean fun.

Saratoga’s main street is one of the best main streets in the country. With such variety and history, I thought our throwback Cupcakery would fit right in and give people something new on their walk about town. We have amazing and unique flavors like “Root Beer Float” and “Black Raspberry Ice Cream Cone”. We also have fun creations like Cookie Monster Cupcakes and Cookie Sandwich Cakes.

We use all natural, high quality ingredients at Betties Cakes. I chose not to use preservatives, trans fats or shortening knowing that our product didn’t have a long shelf life but to me quality was more important. I feel that helps us stand out amongst other bakeries as well.

Our Double Decker bus also sets us apart by being the only MOBILE CAFÉ in the whole US on a double decker bus. Cupcakes and coffee are a great combo so I figured why not take it on the road? Our double decker bus is a great way to bring the fun and flavor to places all around the tristate area.

I am also a Pinup Photographer who specializes in transforming everyday women into classic pinup models. I am very much a creative person and was looking for another way to bring my creativity to the area and Bettie’s Cakes has helped me do that! I hope that everyone enjoys the Custom Retro furniture, bright pink walls, Double Decker bus and of course CUPCAKES!

Thank you,
Lorraine Murphy

For LaunchHER readers:: RETRO BETTIE” – Buy a sampler platter or half dozen B’s and get a free B sized cupcake for yourself FREE! This can be mentioned at the Cupcakery or at the bus. Expiration date: 5/15/2010

Freshly Launched :: Little Citizen Clothing

Launched: Little Citizen Clothing
Date: January 2010

LaunchHER says: Scrumptious skirts and dresses to LaunchHER fashion sense!

The HER behind it: Chloe Priour

In HER words:
Little Citizen Clothing is an art business that sprang from a love of craft and kids. My whole life I’ve made art in all different forms. Despite a hectic college life as an art major, I learned to sew in my free time.  Throughout and after college I also worked in the childcare industry, and spent over 6 years as a nanny. In this time I fell in love with the design, colors, textures, and styles of kids clothing. My love of this concept couldn’t be withheld any longer and Little Citizen Clothing came to be!
When I first started sewing, I was making simple skirts and purses for myself. A few years later, when shopping for new fabrics and notions, I realized my taste was changing in the things I wanted to buy. I thought, “Wow, this is a great print… but I would never wear it”. The things I was attracted to were too loud for my own wardrobe but I loved them so much I had to have them.  When I started spending so much time with kids and seeing all the styles the children’s clothing industry had to offer, I had found a niche in which my showy fabrics and colorful combinations would fit, finally… an excuse to make a skirt that is huge and puffy and orange!
    Specializing in girls clothing, many pieces are vintage inspired, whether it be a modified vintage pattern or the use of vintage lace, fabrics and trims. I have spent some time collecting items from vintage stores, such as aprons, scarves, and even women’s clothing then reworking them into adorable children’s garments.  One of the unique results of this method is that every article will be a unique piece of art. Very few pieces will ever be made in duplicate. I’m proud to put children’s clothes out there that can’t immediately be recognized as a product seen in a multitude of stores, that five thousand other little girls are wearing, which was probably made in Indonesia.
    Many of the dresses and skirts are made from current (non-vintage) fabrics and supplies that are sometimes rare or hard to find, thus guaranteeing a limited edition. This process also keeps me constantly creating something new. I’m relieved to know that I’ll never be sewing the same skirt in large quantities.  Sizes range from 2T to 6T. If the piece you love isn’t in the size you love, I will gladly take requests and work with my customers to try and get as close as we can to your desired look if the original supplies are exhausted. Develop your Little Citizen’s sense of style with handmade original outfits from Little Citizen Clothing!

Freshly Launched :: Signature Flan

Launched: Signature Flan
Date: March 2009

LaunchHER says: It’s not every day that a flan company launches. What a lovely thing to have happened though and we wish them delicious success!

The HER behind it: Vivian Tenorio

In HER words:
I’m a proud mommy and wife. I started Signature Flan, out of a need. I LOVE flan, and there was nothing on the market that was worth the calories, if you know what I mean. In 2005, my husband and I opened a restaurant and customers would come in to purchase just flan. Big issue trying to run a restaurant with just flan sells, so after months of hardship we were forced to close the doors to our restaurant. But the artisan method of flan making that my mother-in-law used was not lost when the restaurant closed. Years past…life happened. In early 2009, when the economy started to get shaky, I decided that I wanted to be in control of my future. I wasn’t going to let someone else have that power. Knowing that I had created amazing flan recipes and with the artisan methods from my mother-in-law. I know that I had a product that was special. So, in 2009, Signature Flan was born. Our goal is to create the creamiest, most flavorful flan in the dessert market, using natural ingredients and by using only the best methods of flan creation. Our attention to detail occurs at every step of the flan making process, allowing us to be unique in relation to other flan making companies. We do not mass-produce our flans, allowing us to focus on quality.

Our flans are handmade and hand-packed and we believe that sets us apart from the rest. As a result of our hard work and our dedication, each bite melts in your mouth and overwhelms your senses – in the best way possible.

Available at:

Whole Foods Market (Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas)

Central Market H.E.B. (Texas)

Hubbell & Hudson Market, Rice Epicurean (Houston)

Online Store

Fresh Plus, Royal Blue Grocery, Wheatsville Co-op (Austin)

Freshly Launched :: Beach Grass Cottage

Launched: Beach Grass Cottage
Date: April 2009

LaunchHER says: There is just something so fresh and clean about beach style! We love what Shari Curtiss is doing to bring the ocean into the home with chic simplicity.

The HER behind it: Shari Curtiss

In HER words:
I admit it– I am a self-proclaimed beach girl and shore lover! It probably started growing up on a lake in Michigan, being less than a hours drive to the pristine beaches of Lake Michigan. Lots of trips to the beach with friends!

Then, something happened that cemented my love of the sea. My family began vacationing on Anna Maria Island, on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and I was officially hooked! My parents bought a condo there and became snowbirds, and I began yearning for my already frequent visits to the shores of AMI. Crossing those bridges was like coming home; still is today.

My mom and I fell into the crazy habit of getting up in the early am, before the sunrise, and getting to the beach to “get the big ones” before the other beachcombers arose. My family just shook their heads. Often, our diligence was rewarded, bringing home a bounty of gorgeous shells, sea glass, and prizes washed in to the shore. Every day was fueled by the thrill of the hunt! I was hooked on seashells and the sea forever!

Professionally, I have extensive experience in the gift industry, first owning a corporate gift company, then moving on to Beach Grass Cottage. What better way to follow my passions than to use my God given gifts creating beautiful things from the bounty of the ocean! To be able to do something you truly love, and to have the talent for it to actually survive at it, is such a blessing!! Beach Grass Cottage truly was a dream realized through many prayers.

Beach Grass Cottage is located in Michigan, near the pristine beaches and resort communities of Lake Michigan, home of obsessively devoted beach dwellers, killer sand dunes, casual lakeshore living and the most gorgeous sunsets on the planet!