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Hi, I’m Kirstie! A Jar of Pickles is my small business based in the Bay Area, California that I started as an Etsy shop when I was in school at UC Berkeley.
Through college and many years of design and marketing jobs, I slowly but steadily grew Pickles as a side business. After the business grew large enough, I quit my corporate career to focus on A Jar of Pickles full time in 2022.
Though the company has changed substantially since I began it, I've always been excited to transparently share the behind-the-scenes and day -to-day of what running a small business looks like through our social channels and emails. I consult other small business owners through Learn With Pickles.
Opened my Etsy shop as a college hobby. A friend was my first sale, but my first “real” sale came months later.
Expanded revenue streams outside of Etsy to include wholesale, craft fairs, and my own e-commerce website.
Very focused on my corporate career— transitioned from UX Designer to Brand Marketing. Pickles was just coasting.
Took a 3 month corporate career break, converted garage into studio, expanded product lines, saw 1088% YOY growth.
Finally felt like time to leave my corporate job and take Pickles full-time. Hired a Order Fulfillment Specialist & Studio Manager— officially began a team.
About Team Pickles
Our small team is proudly made of AAPI women who design, source, and package all our products in-house. We love creating exceptional products and joyful customer connections.
Senior Studio Manager
Find Shayna in charge of all things studio. She's usually coordinating our never-ending inventory, supervising product operations, or helping answer questions from our customers.
Order Fulfillment Associate
99% of our orders (both retail and wholesale) are personally packaged in the studio by Alyssa's careful hands. She also oversees local pickup orders and packaged products on our shelves.
Any creative company takes a ton of backend design work, and Hannah conducts much of it, like our custom proofs that are digitally designed with detail by Hannah's hands.
Fred's role as studio dog includes sleeping on his bed to keep us company while we work, snatching stuff off the shelves sometimes to keep us on our toes, and demanding lots of pets which reminds us to take breaks.
Kirstie's parents cleared out the front half of their house so we could rent it for our studio space. Mom sneaks cut fruit to us when we're working, dad lends us his tools, and they take out our order packages for pickup.
Ellie and Audrey help studio operations run smoothly with tasks such as organizing our product boxes, order boxes, and supply boxes (we have a lot of boxes!) or distributing and fluffing plushies.
“I love watching your behind-the-scenes on IG stories! They’re so fun to watch.”
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