Welcome to another interview of the “Women-Owned Small Business Entrepreneur” series on Busy Bee Kate.
Today we are featuring Candice Mizell, owner and founder of Blue Spider Books and Apostrophe Box. In both of her businesses Candice spreads her love for books, both old and new.
Thank you so much to Candice for taking the time to share her story and more about your businesses. Remember to check out Apostrophe Box and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Hi! I’m Candice and I’m co-founder of Blue Spider Press, LLC, under which umbrella operates Blue Spider Books and Apostrophe Box. With support from my awesome husband-person, I spend evenings and weekends making all the things! I’m the mom of two hilarious kiddos and I have a full-time day job.
We strive to spread the love for books, both old and new. Apostrophe Box is a subscription service geared toward coffee-loving bibliophiles. This monthly box features new hardcover books from a variety of genres and coffee that is sourced from small roasters across the US. A usable item (such as candles, mugs, or journals) and a small snack are also included! Blue Spider Books has a subscription component that delivers the magic of a used bookstore. The package includes a mixture of vintage and more contemporary secondhand books plus a hot beverage. Gift box options and handmade soy candles are also created under the Blue Spider Books brand.
Our ideal customer is an open-minded adult who loves books and coffee! Whether old books or new, a love of books is a requirement.
I’ve dabbled in previous entrepreneurial endeavors, dating back to fundraisers in grade school! There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle that has formed to show the picture of where I am today.
The business exists mainly online, with the home base being an office and spare room in our home. Of course, the dining table always manages to be commandeered by some project or another!
I feel like I’m still reaching toward my “biggest success” as far as business ventures go, but my best attribute is definitely perseverance and determination!
Failures are relative and each one serves as a stepping stone toward the next better decision.
The balance of the day job, mom/home life, and business life is an ongoing struggle. There’s never enough time!
There have been points where the balance was especially precarious and I felt like I couldn’t handle everything. It’s tough to do everything.
The creative process and seeing the result of all the hard work!
Having to borrow time from other aspects of life.
Bootstrapping it and hoping that this year will show our best profit yet!
My dream business has always been to own a bookstore coffee shop located in the heart of downtown. Of course, I’d live above the store, too!
Growing and evolving into a sustainable income that will get us out of our 9-5 life!
Don’t compare yourself to others. Own your work and your creative side and take pride in it!
When I’m in business mode, I’m either holed up in the office, tapping away on the keyboard OR, I’m carrying on three conversations with the kids and husband while creating the next new thing.
Haha! I feel like I’m always working. I love to read, write fiction when I take time, take photos, watch movies with the family, and make things.