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Conversations with Brittany Guerrieri

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany Guerrieri.

Hi Brittany, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I grew up and lived in The Poconos in Pennsylvania until I was 21, but my story in Maryland starts when I was just 10 years old. My parents were both teachers and fortunate enough to have the same schedule as my brother and me in school, which means that we would sometimes travel on 3-day holiday weekends.

One year, my family decided to spend Easter break in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore and for some reason, my ten-year-old self absolutely fell in love with it. I fell in love with the city so much that when given the choice of having a big sweet sixteen party or visiting a place with a few friends, I made the choice to visit Baltimore again.

I had always felt a strong connection with this area and knew that I had to make it my home, which is exactly what I did at 21.

In college, I studied Education in the area of Special Education, teaching students who are blind/visually impaired, and Elementary Education. During my senior year, I was made aware of a teaching position that had opened up teaching students who are blind/visually.

Without knowing the location or specifics, I emailed the supervisor of the position to enquire more information and low and behold the position was conveniently located in… Baltimore, Maryland. I instantly knew this was a sign and immediately applied, had an interview, and was hired all within one week’s time.

That brings me to the summer of 2017 when I packed my bags and moved, only knowing one other person. I started my job teaching students who are blind, quickly met coworkers who turned into friends, and eventually settled into a beautiful life here.

My journey with my small business, “Bee Well Brittany” started here in Baltimore, too. While hanging out with coworkers-turned-friends, I started crafting and creating more. A friend introduced me to metal stamping and we had the idea to try to stamp braille for our students. I began practicing more and more while borrowing and buying a lot of supplies to stamp metal keychains with braille on them.

The keychains started to look better and better, friends were asking me to buy them, and my students loved them. I had so much interest, that I decided to open an Etsy shop selling just braille keychains. Eventually, I also introduced braille dog tags for guide dogs.

While I loved having my braille items, I knew I wanted to expand to other products as well. I saw that my braille keychains and dog tags were making people happy and I decided that I just wanted to make happy items for people… something to make them smile when they look at it.

This led me to create my own website and launch all kinds of happy items- tote bags with positive sayings, glass cups with smiles and flowers, and more, which brings me to where I am today.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Since starting Bee Well Brittany in 2019, I have gone through many different challenges that come with starting a small business. I have had multiple products fail and I spent a lot of money creating products that didn’t work, but the biggest challenge by far was facing the pandemic in 2020.

I was a very new business and didn’t have a clue what I was doing so when the pandemic hit, most of my sales came to a halt and I moved back in with my parents for 4 months. I am fortunate enough that I was able to keep my full-time job as a teacher, but I was unable to work on anything relating to Bee Well Brittany for a long period of time.

I used that time to think of new ideas and ultimately the pandemic helped me see a new future for the business by allowing me to think of new products to sell and new ways to market the products.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
The goal of Bee Well Brittany is to make items that put a smile on the customer’s face.

The products that I create are intended to make people happy with a cute design, an inspirational saying, or a positive reminder. The beauty of running a business like this is that it is always changing with a new product release, a new saying on a tote bag, or a new design on a cup.

I love that I can make things that cheer people up, especially in the crazy world we live in.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
I would say that both luck AND fate play roles in my life.

Luck is the reason I have the best support system in my family, boyfriend, and friends who always push me to better myself. I am so lucky to have them because, without them, I would not be who I am today.

Fate is the reason I am located in Baltimore. Fate allowed me to fall in love with Baltimore, accept a job here at 21, and meet people who pushed me to open a business.

Either way, luck or fate, I am so thankful for my experiences and I am truly blessed to be where I am today.

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