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Meet Becca and Kelly of Oh Shiny Paper Co in San Gabriel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Becca and Kelly.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Becca and Kelly. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Oh Shiny! Paper Co started as just a side gig that eventually became a small business and full time job. We were just two twenty-somethings with extra time on our hands and wanted to bring something different to the party industry. While the market was already filled with cartoon character-themes, we wanted to help people throw parties that were whimsical, feminine, but still fun and easy to set up at home. In 2014, after stumbling upon balloons that were shaped as letters of the alphabet, we thought we could combine them with tassels to form a statement banner that we hadn’t seen anywhere else before. We had no idea if anyone would be interested but it quickly became our first sale and is still our most popular item to date. We were working in half of Kelly’s single car garage for the first two years. There was a lot of bumping into each other and a few mosquito bites and 100+ degree LA summers later, we grew into our current little studio in San Gabriel. The studio allowed us to explore new ideas like hosting creative workshops, balloon deliveries, and pop-up shops.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It hasn’t been all rainbows and unicorns as our Instagram might portray. There were many late nights and we’ve had our share of mistakes.
Neither of us have any business background so we are always learning new things. In the very beginning, we did it only for fun, and while it’s still fun, there are a lot of responsibilities that come with keeping a business running. The party industry has really changed since then, and social media definitely played a big part in how trends grow. To be honest, some days we do feel like we can’t keep up, but at the end of the day, it’s more important to focus on growing our own brand and to create new things that we love and want to share.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Oh Shiny Paper Co – what should we know?
Oh Shiny! is an online party and gift shop with a specialty in colorful paper decorations and unique balloons. Our products include carefully curated items and handmade paper goods. This handmade aspect is important as it allows us to make custom items for our customers. Customers can come visit our pop-up retail in the front of our studio. Oh Shiny! is also a creative studio space for workshops and small events. Sharing our bright and cheerful presence online and in person at our studio makes us proud and happy. We believe in serving others with kindness and mindfulness and we hope to bring a little bit of creativity and color to the community.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Hardworking and being self-motivated has definitely brought us to where we are today. Keeping at it, day in and day out, even when it gets tough and exhausting has contributed to our growth.

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