Inside Business: BBT Style - KMOT.COM - Minot, ND - News, Weather, Sports

Inside Business: BBT Style

Posted: Updated:

Headbands and baby hats made in the basement of a Lincoln home are making their way on to national TV and around the world. For this weeks Inside Business, Jim Christianson speaks with the owner of BBT Style.

From weddings to workouts, Melissa Ahonen has a headband for every occasion. She started her business back in 2010 as Baby Button Tops, making only baby hats. She changed the name in January to BBT Style once she expanded into headbands. And now, she has customers all over the world.

"I have customers from all over, everywhere, I had a customer, two weeks ago from Kuwait who needed a headband for her sisters wedding, so I had to express ship it to her, I've had customers in Australia, Brazil all over the place which is great," says Ahonen.

Ahonen started the business in 2010, primarily to make baby caps for her little boy. It's since expanded into an international business, featuring headbands that are worn on national TV shows, including The Voice.

"We had sent a large bag in December, no November,  for the show. And I tweeted them a picture of it to show them what it was. They liked it, and they found it, and they ended up using it for Jackie when she performed Cry Baby," says Ahonen.

Ahonen says she was thrilled and humbled when she saw her headbands being worn on the show and by celebrities' children.

"It was exciting. Very humbling, too, because they have products from all over the place. To use something that was handmade by me, I was excited, very humbled," says Ahonen.

Right now Ahonen says she has a few close friends helping her keep up with the orders, and her husband also helps when she really gets swamped. But, she says she has big plans for the future.

"I'd love to expand it to have more products, more style and to have it grow into the ability to sell it worldwide"

Right now Ahonen says that the amount of support she get from customers in North Dakota is amazing, and she loves belonging to Pride of Dakota and being able to bounce ideas off of other local business owners. 

  • TOOLBOX

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
  • Special Feature HomeSpecial FeaturesMore>>

  • Coats for Kids

    Coats for Kids

    Learn how to donate and receive items for the 2014 Coats for Kids campaign!
    Learn how to donate and receive items for the 2014 Coats for Kids campaign!
  • Ask An Attorney

    Ask An Attorney

    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ASK AN ATTORNEY PAGE!
    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ASK AN ATTORNEY PAGE!
  • Mobile Apps

    Mobile Apps

    We have the best Mobile Apps.  Learn how you can download yours today.
  • Me-TV North Dakota

    Me-TV North Dakota

    NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota!  If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
    NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota!  If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.  Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday.  As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.
  • On the Farm

    On the Farm

    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ON THE FARM PAGE!
    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ON THE FARM PAGE!
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KMOT. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.