This week’s Small Business Spotlight Shout-Out Goes to Connie Obee and her company, Exquisite Gift Baskets!
Connie’s journey started when she quit her job on 9/11/2001. She was in a job that she disliked and really needed a change. Her son, Paul, was only 16 months old and, being a single mother, Connie wanted to focus on creating a life for her and her son.
Connie also knew she wanted to be her own boss. Out of this desire, Exquisite Gift Baskets was born.
Connie said the idea of gift baskets really did “just call out to her”! She officially started her business on November 1, 2001. The majority of that first year, Connie concentrated on learning everything she could about the gift basket business and the ins and outs of being a business owner.
Connie found there was definitely a need for a good, quality, gift basket business in her area. She decided to focus on what she calls the “love” in creating her gift baskets. Connie only builds her baskets with products she would personally want and her clients have even dubbed her “the basket lady”!
Exquisite Gift Baskets takes pride in offering their customers “made to order” baskets. According to Connie, her goal is to “ensure that every person that orders a gift basket from me and/or receives a gift basket from me has the very best experience.”
Connie also believes in providing a consistently “superior quality product” at a reasonable price. Exquisite Gift Baskets strives for personalized service and a “better than expected” customer service experience.
Exquisite Gift Baskets offers a wide variety of customizable baskets. From Gourmet gift baskets full of hand-selected treats, to holiday and themed baskets - she truly has it all! Connie also specializes in corporate and “one of a kind” baskets.
Each basket is only created after your order is placed. They are not mass-produced. In this way you are always assured of getting the freshest, hand-selected products. This attention to details really sets Exquisite Gift Baskets apart!
However, what I think really makes Connie and Exquisite Gift Baskets so unique is her devotion and enthusiasm. These words from Connie sum it up completely:
“I absolutely love it (Exquisite Gift Baskets), and everyday I love doing it even more.”
I invite you to check out Connie’s website, www.exquisitebaskets.com and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/exquisitebaskets for more information and some wonderful pictures of her baskets!
For more on this continuing “Spotlight on Small Business” series, check out Access Profiles - “Week in Review” and www.accessprofiles.com for Small Business and Background Check information!