A few months ago, I stumbled across a really cool business on Instagram with the tagline “cool stuff for cool girls.” Turns out the CEO/Founder/Creative Director of this awesome new company is a friend of mine from college. Noted cool girl Rebecca Butler was a fellow English major and had a successful local band that sometimes played with Dago’s old band. She’s always been stylish and smart, which are some of my favorite things for a person to be.
Queen For Dinner is a new platform for finding products from small vendors that you actually want to buy. Like most of you, I’m all about supporting small vendors. There is just so much amazing work out there, but it can be time consuming to sort through the not-so-amazing and not-what-I’m-looking-for. Queen For Dinner saves you time and takes products through a vetting process to make sure it’s not only amazing, but exactly what you’re looking for.
photo by Celisse Berumen
Here’s a little of what Rebecca has to say about starting QFD:
I came up with the idea from being both a seller and a buyer on Etsy. I love Etsy and love what they’re doing, but from a consumer point of view, it can get really overwhelming when you search for a necklace and over 250 pages of results come up – more than half of which I’m not even slightly interested in. It makes it hard to find things as a consumer, and hard to stand out as a seller. Basically Queen For Dinner is my solution to this.
We require a much more strict approval process, and we only feature items that we would want to purchase for ourselves. Most importantly, we don’t allow for any paid promotion – i.e. you can’t pay more money to have your item featured more frequently or higher up in search results. Promotion is solely based on what we like and what we think you’ll like, not money.
In coming up with the tag line, “Cool stuff for cool girls,” it was really important to me to emphasize that we’re not saying, “buy this and you’ll be cool;” instead we’re trying to support every girl’s own unique cool self and style by providing them with things they might like. We don’t want to promote the idea that you need things or to look a certain way to be cool; we want to support women in being the cool girls they already are.
If you’re anything like me, right now you’re thinking “damn, why didn’t I think of that?” I truly love and support everything about Queen For Dinner, from the small vendor sourcing model to the emphasis on featuring products that fit into your already cool lifestyle, rather than making you cool for buying them.
I also dig the weekly round ups of new products so I can always count on finding the perfect gift for my bestie’s jewelry box or pop of color for my office walls. If Beyoncé cross-stitch, seriously cool jewelry, and beautiful artwork are things you like, you’re going to want to sign up for their mailing list to see the latest batch of products each week. Also, if you refer a friend, you receive 10% off your purchase!
P.S. This is not a sponsored post; I did not receive compensation for writing it; all opinions, as always, are my own!