I have been married to my husband Andrew for 15 years!
When I came across Odette's business Dandelion Date in a Box, I wholeheartedly believed in what she is providing straight away.
Amongst the busyness of life, children, work, family activities etc etc it can be hard to be able to spend quality time with our partners. You know the time when it is the two of you without TV, phones, interruptions....
I love how Odette has thought through every one of her date boxes and has run with themes for different interests couples may have.
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Tell us a little bit about yourself
I own and operate Dandelion Date in a Box, and I’m married to the person that I chose to tolerate for the rest of my life. 😉 My incredible husbands’ name is John, and he’s a real pillar of support in every aspect of my life.
I’m originally from sunny South-Africa, currently living the dream in New-Zealand, seriously I’m here for the astounding coffee culture. 😉
My motto in life is to do as much of what I love and to follow my dreams because if I don’t, I'll never know how amazing they might have been.
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When did you start your business?
At the end of 2016, I found out that we were immigrating to New-Zealand. My husband was going to work odd hours, entirely different than what we are used to, at that stage. We had just gotten married after a 4-year relationship, and already we were going on another amazing adventure. One thing that has always been extremely important to us is to spend quality time together, to catch up every week and this was going to be quite the challenge with all the changes. I started thinking about how we would incorporate regular date nights into our new lifestyle, and I was fully aware of the concept of date night box companies from around the world. I began rumbling through the internet to find something similar in New-Zealand that we could use. And I came back blank, there was no current business, offering a similar service. I then decided I’ll just do it myself, I’ll make date night boxes we could use whenever, and I could choose absolutely anything we liked. We began making jokes that I should sell them. Clearly, there’s a market and who doesn’t like date nights, right? It stayed an inside joke until one night, out of the blue, my husband announced that I should just go for it. I thought about it, and it is something that is right up my alley, I like making/arranging special things for others. I delved into more research and got my ducks in a row and officially launched Dandelion Date in a Box in September 2017, after many months of joking about it.
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How did you name your business?
From the very start, I knew I wanted a name that meant something to me. So, I got out my trusty notepad and started scribbling down ideas. I wanted people to know what I offer straight away, so Date in a Box was evident; but it was too commercial like for my taste, and it needed character.
After really thinking it through I decided to add Dandelion to the name because of the whimsical, wishes do come true characteristic it has. Plus, it brings back so many fond memories of when I was a little girl blowing dandelion wishes with my mom.
And after all, I wanted to make couples date night wishes come true, so it was the perfect match.
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What is your favourite product within your range?
Without a doubt, it has to be the very first box I launched which is the ‘Coffee Lovers Date’.
I run on coffee, literally, and tasting new coffees is one of my favourite things.
What is one thing you do daily to make your business work?
I tell my husband that I love him and I thank God for what I have.
Without my husband, nothing of this would even be possible. He is my biggest inspiration, and without that inspiration, my business won’t be the success it is.
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Where to from here with your business?
I’ve been utterly amazed by the amount of support, encouragement and feedback I’ve received over the past couple of months and I’m continually improving, business wise.
I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying: “By supporting a small business, you’re supporting a dream.” Well let’s just say, I’ve got some pretty big dreams. The opportunities are absolutely endless.
I’m busy working on a couple of new boxes, and I’ve also got some exciting products launching this year that’s not entirely date night boxes, but unquestionably love related.
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How can we buy a Date Box?
My products are available on my website. I also have a couple listed on The Hive, where people can also support various different small businesses from across NZ.
Special requests are ALWAYS welcome. 😊