Interview with Founder of Polka Dots & Pearls Rebecca Ebbit
I’m Rebecca Ebbitt, I’m 23 and live in Horwich. I am the sole owner of Polka Dots and Pearls. We are a retro and vintage events planning and design company – whatever the event, we can help!
What was your main motivation in putting PD&P together?
After getting engaged back in August 2010, I began planning our wedding. We didn’t want a traditional wedding so I began looking around for ideas. We both love everything retro so we decided to go down this route, finally deciding on a 1950’s style day. I have qualifications in Interior Design so the way that the venue looked was important to me. Throughout the planning process I realised there really wasn’t much available for the retro lovers up north – I even bought my wedding dress and the bridesmaid dresses from a dress-maker in Brighton! I had enjoyed designing and planning the wedding so much, and felt like I wanted to do it more often; everybody commented on how different the wedding was and they loved how much attention to detail I had put into the day. So afterwards I thought why not combine my love for Interior Design and planning events, and bring retro up north and so I set up Polka Dots and Pearls.
I am still building up my business in my spare time, so for the rest of 2011 and early 2012 I will mainly be promoting it, building up my contacts and I hope to meet with a few new clients. I will do this by organising my own fairs, attending others and networking – I’m on Facebook and Twitter.
Are you working on all things behind the scenes yourself or do you have a team of helpers?
A bit of both really. I come up with the ideas and then I work with my suppliers to provide the service. For instance, I work with photographers to provide packages for the photo shoots and I work with bakers and crockery hire businesses to provide tea parties.
With Christmas and Halloween on the horizon do you have any specific plans for this busy time of year?
I’m holding my own cocktail and cake party at my house on Halloween and I am organising Polka Dots and Pearls: The Christmas Fair at Horwich RMI on 4th December (If anybody knows any stall holders that would be interested, please pass on my details). I am also working on a few new services such as Polka Dot Parties and a Retro Prop Hire service. I plan on making some products to sell too starting with Christmas Gifts.
What kinds of events have you exhibited at recently and are there any coming up in the future?
I was a stallholder at Vintage Fairs by Victoria Claire in Westhoughton last weekend, that was my first fair and it was fantastic. I loved chatting to everybody about what I do and the other stall holders were fab! I’m also holding a Vintage Tea Party with Little Poppet Cupcakes at Bolton Cineworld on 21st October in aid of Bolton Hospice – I’m looking forward to that!
What do you think of the current Bolton community of creatives and creative businesses? Have you found Bolton to be an inspiring place to live and work?
Since I have set up Polka Dots and Pearls I have met so many creative people in Bolton, I wasn’t aware that there were so many fantastic small businesses around.
Which businesses in the local area have you managed to work with and would you recommend to our readers to check out?
I am working closely with Little Poppet Cupcakes, she made me some fantastic cupcakes for my stall at the Vintage Fair last week, very yummy and they looked amazing. She is the main supplier for my events and will be my main recommendation for customers looking for cakes. I also work very closely with Nom Nom Photography, who does my photo shoots, and I have recently agreed to work with Rebecca Palmer who is a student at Bolton University. I am also working with Vintage Retro Kitsch hiring out some of her fantastic props for events. That’s some of the Bolton Companies, I also have Bethany Jane Davies – Vintage Hair and Make up Artist, Chase the Sun camper van hire and Queen of Hearts Vintage Crockery to name but a few within Lancashire.
Who Would you recommend out of your online social networking circles on Twitter?
Hmmm, I would recommend yourself of course, for both businesses and local people and I think I’d have to recommend Marry Me Ink as my favorite social networker, her blog is fab! She’s from Wigan but pretty local!