Side-Hustle Series: Interview with a Small Biz focusing on Local Handmades in a Gift Crate, Poppy and Oak

Posted January 10, 2018 by Julie in Work / 4 Comments

I am enjoying interviewing professionals and mom bosses about their line of work or their side hustles. Today I am sharing an interview with Meghan, who runs a lovely little gift box business called Poppy and Oak. I loved learning about her business and the fact that she includes gifts from local Northern California in her boxes.

Tell us a little about yourself and your business. Why did you select it and how did you get started?

I’m an attorney by day and was looking for a creative outlet. I recently moved back to the town where my husband and I grew up and was also looking for a way to reconnect with my community. Poppy and Oak has allowed me to meet some amazing creatives in my local area, create beautiful things, help ease other people’s stress and donate back to charitable organizations in my community.


Describe what you do and what you sell for those of us not familiar with your line of work or product. 

Poppy and Oak provides custom and curated gift crates featuring locally produced goods from Northern California makers and farmers. Everything is made or grown right here in Northern California, even our keepsake wooden crates are made in-house. And a portion of our sales are donated to a local charity that benefits women and children.

I have a website where my curated boxes are listed for sale — I also work with individuals to create custom boxes. I often post my work on Instagram, my handle is @poppyandoakgoods We help simplify gift-giving by creating unique, locally-sourced gifts. Poppy and Oak embodies the “shop small, support local” mentality by supporting local artists, makers, and farmers and by donating a portion of sales back to local charities. I am also happy to do custom orders if someone has something particular in mind. These are especially great for those “hard to shop for” people in your life. Our gifts are either consumable (think honey, tea, olive oil, soaps, lip balm) or are of keepsake quality (such as baby loveys, tea towels).

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What are some of your favorite things about what you do?

I make a point of trying to meet every one of my vendors to get to know them personally. I also feature a different vendor on my blog each month in a “Meet the Maker” post.


What are some challenges of this business?

Because everything is handmade or from a small business, things sometimes take a little longer to source. But it’s nice to be working with real people, supporting their small businesses.


For someone interested in what you do, can you share what to expect as far as earning potential and effort?

Since I just launched my website in October, I’m still trying to figure this out!


What does it take for someone to get started with their own side hustle in your line of work?

Determination, planning, creativity, support from your family, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.


Anything else you would like to tell us about your business?

Our mission statement is: “Nurturing relationships. Showing gratitude. Supporting community.”


If you’re interested in learning more about Poppy and Oak visit her website.


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