Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Allen.
Hi Christina, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
My very close friends have had their businesses, and they frequently asked me over the years when I would start my own. For years, I could not fathom breaking out as an entrepreneur. As the idea of owning my own business began to grow, I could not figure out what type of business I wanted. A creative side of me began to open in 2020, the year my daughter was born. It started with a flower name sign I created for her nursery and blossomed into Spaaarkle Me. Spaaarkle Me handcrafted & unique wine glasses, tumblers, and an array of drinkware.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been fairly smooth?
Managing work-life balance has been a constant struggle. Being a mom, wife, full-time nurse, and new entrepreneur during COVID has presented its challenges. Creating new & exciting content that appeals to my audience has been a learning experience. The journey has been full of twists, turns, trials, and errors. I’ve wasted materials, time, and money perfecting my craft. Stepping outside of my comfort zone and creating a presence on social media has also been a challenge.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am the owner and founder of Spaaarkle Me. I create customized handcrafted wine glasses, tumblers, mugs, flasks, sippy cups & water bottles. My Sip & Spaaarkle kits provide a creative space for women to laugh, share and connect. Sip &Spaaarkle kits are sure to bring style & class to any Diva gathering. Our signature item is our Diva glasses. Diva glasses are created to represent the style & personality of the Diva in mind. Our Diva glasses sets us apart from others. Each glass is customized with individually placed crystals and pearls. No glass is ever the same. Our newest edition to the Diva family is our color-changing Divas. Pour a nice cold drink and watch the Diva change colors! As I look back over the past year, I’m proud to overcome obstacles to create a successful business. I am very proud of what manifested after taking a leap of faith. But I’m most proud of the opportunity to inspire women of color to be, grow, and believe in themselves.
Had we loved to hear about any fond memories you have from growing up?
My favorite childhood memory is creating a church with my father. My dad is a carpenter by trade. I was maybe in the fourth grade when I received an assignment for an art project. I came home excited to tell my dad I had to create a 3D church. I remember my dad being more excited about it than I was. Needless to say, after a trip to Home Depot, we built a church out of wood that included a pulpit & pews. The top of the church even came off! I remember spending all evening with my dad as he walked me through completing my project. After I turned it in, the teacher kept it for over a year.
- Diva glasses start at $25
- Sip & Spaaarkle Kits $65.00
- Custom flasks start at $25
- Website: Spaaarkleme.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spaaarkle_me/
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/spaaarkleme/
Pose by Anissa