Updated: Jan 20, 2021
Hi there! We're so glad you made it to our blog! Today we'd like to introduce ourselves so you can better understand who we are, how we got here, and why we're here!
The people behind the brand are myself, Katherine and my partner Joe and we never even so much as thought that our life would consist of running a business but look where we are, running a small business out of our sweet little home in Northeast Ohio, with our 1 year old daughter, and our fur baby. Joe and I do everything ourselves from brainstorming new items to packaging, designing this website, and our labels, and we love every moment of it! Joe is a tattoo artist and graphic designer by day and every other waking moment he's home with me he is a loving dad, and my helper with all the things, from building a bathroom in our basement to keeping me company while I make and package orders. I am a stay at home mom and a business owner! (I can't believe I can say that!)
Getting here was a rough ride, me being a Leo my mind is always coming up with new ideas 1,000 miles a minute and I had so many ideas that it was actually a little ridiculous looking back at my book from when I started planning back in November, my list of products that I wanted to start out with consisted of 107 products, TO START, like as a new business owner, alone. I literally laugh at myself thinking about it. and Joe, he never told me uhm listen that's impossible you need to back up and start small, and my Leo fire lit up and I was ready to hulk out on him but after a few rocky discussion we came down to a smaller list of products to start with and we put the other 99 products on the "soon to come" list.
Our name came from something really simple but its also kind of funny how it came up. we had many many names on the list and none of them really clicked with the both of us, something would really sound good to me but Joe wasn't crazy about it and Joe would come up with something and I never thought it was "the one." I remember it so distinctly, Joe was at work and the baby was napping, I grabbed my cup of hot cocoa (I would drink hot chocolate every time I was planning something for the business, it was like my fuel.) and pen and paper and I sat down and started writing down catchy names, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I didn't even write it down, I just picked up my phone and text Joe "COCOA BARN" and that was all I said, he text me back like immediately after and all it said was "yes" and the rest of that story is history! we started creating label designs and getting logo inspiration and Cocoa Barn was born!