This week we are very excited to interview Andrea Harris-Lyons. Andrea founded ANNA+POOKIE after years of being disappointed with the lack of diversity in party supplies. For many years, it had been impossible to find party characters or themes that represent black and brown children. ANNA+POOKIE Party Supplies is the only black, female-owned shop dedicated to providing party supplies created for children of color.
In 2017, she began developing a product line of party supplies. In 2018, she launched ANNA+POOKIE, which features brown-skinned, curly-haired, full-lipped characters that look like an underserved demographic in the party supply industry. Their current themes include a Mermaid, Ballerina, Princess, Superhero for girls, and a pirate and Superhero theme to celebrate boys!
Michelle & Andrea jump in and discuss her journey in creating this amazing line. She is incredibly passionate about creating products that empower children. Their party supplies help them cultivate a loving self-image, boost their confidence, and show them that they deserve space on the party store aisle. Her business is small, but her company mission is enormous. She is dedicated to changing the face of party supplies forever!
She truly is inspiring and we are so grateful she took time out of her busy schedule to chat with us.