Editor’s Note: Melissa Ahonen and Erica Hager were co-workers at American Eagle over ten years ago. They both switched jobs, then became reacquainted through Etsy, when they started their businesses. The two ladies have a lot in common and appreciate the opportunity to talk business, kids and fabric.
Melissa Ahonen’s son, Easton, was six weeks early and spent four weeks in the NICU prior to coming home. He was very sensitive to illness, especially bronchitis, rsv and ear infections. One of the doctors suggested keeping his head and ears covered. As he grew, it was hard to find something to fit and when a friend showed Ahonen a photo of a fun hat, she decided she would try to make one like it.
“I got some fabric, some buttons to make it look cute, made one and really liked it,” she said. “So I made quite a few more, then friends and coworkers started buying them. Baby Button Tops became an official business in August of 2010.” (more…)