Lemon Bars, The Hot Pickle, and BaDundle

September 19, 2017 52 Comments

Lemon Bars, The Hot Pickle, and BaDundle

My twin sister and I have always been entrepreneurs since before we knew what that meant. We started with a "restaurant" in our kitchen when we were 10. We made a menu and priced the food we had in our pantry, but quickly realized we did not have enough customers. We quickly moved on to baked goods, selling lemon bars and cookies to neighbors. That customer base was still not satisfying enough.

We grew up reading Ramona books by Beverly Cleary and was fascinated by the idea of kids delivering the daily paper. We also grew up in a town of about 600 people and did not have a paper to deliver... so we made one. We named it "The Hot Pickle" and learned how to write, publish, and sell subscriptions. Over time we ended up with a few hundred subscribers on three continents who received our newspaper in the mail. I was still slightly disappointed I didn't get to ride my bike and throw the paper onto people's porches. We published our paper and mailed it out for about 5 years or so (into high school) before the internet was a thing.

Fast forward to today. In between then and now we have had some other entrepreneurial successes but also had children. Lots of them! When Elly had her fourth child in her belly (see picture above) and I had had three babies of my own, she started the task of going through all of the baby clothes that we saved over the years from all those kids. We have gone perfectly back and fourth with having kids. One and then the other of us would become pregnant, never at the same time. I was super excited when she got pregnant two years ago and I finally had somewhere for all of my hand-me-down baby clothes to go! Her husband Joe didn't understand why she was working so hard to sort, organize, wash and keep tubs of all those used baby clothing, some that my own son only wore once or twice because he grew so fast!

When Elly and Joe's youngest son was born, Elly pulled out the washed and ready tub of newborn baby boy clothes and put them in the dresser. A couple weeks later (maybe a slight exaggeration) she put all the newborn boy clothes back in the tub and pulled out the next size. Joe, having two other children himself, had not seen this type of system before. It was a lot of work in the beginning, sorting, washing, and organizing, but once it was all set up he realized how easy it was having storage bins of clothes ready to use.

Elly's business brain started rolling and realized other parents might also prefer having a tub of baby clothes at the ready. There is enough to worry about as a new parent or caregiver of any newborn - imagine having twins like my best friend! We shared our girl clothing bins with her two little girls (A picture of them is used on the home page for the multiples discount). When Elly and Joe shared their business idea with the extended family, we all thought it was a hit. It has moved forward from there with the brilliance of Elly and Joe working together, moving it forward from an idea to reality. My husband Toby and I were asked to be a part and we have jumped in to help how we can. At this exact moment Toby is shuttling our newly delivered BaDundle boxes from the truck into our driveway!

My twin sister and I have come a long way together, from selling lemon bars to friends and family to starting this company with our husbands. Our goal has always been to have a business together... and to give our customers something worthwhile and delicious. ;)


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K. Dodge-Chiokai
K. Dodge-Chiokai

February 05, 2018

Great web site and this is an awesome idea.

Well Done!!

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