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Bitchin’ Tees

I know, it has been a while since my last blog. The last few weeks have been a blur, with many days rolling into one another, and 12 hour workdays becoming the norm. I feel like I am on a hamster wheel, and could be thrown off at any moment. BUT, I love the work that I do and am so grateful that I do still have a job after lockdown.

My feature today is on a small business that has been on my radar for some time, and I am so excited to be able to feature Bitchin’ Tees on my blog today, as I am sure that you will love Corne and her business as much as I do – plus she makes unicorn gin, which obviously peaked my curiosity even more!

I can’t wait for you to read more about her, get to know this business better, and I am sure that you will want many of her creations for yourself (and your friends).


Your name: Corne Nell

Business name: Bitchin’ Tees

Social media handles: Website, Instagram and Facebook

3 fun facts about you:
I am a jeans and tshirts kinda girl.
Although I am a very proud South African, I am very much a wannabe American – I want to celebrate all of their holidays… I am sure you would have noticed I am an avid follower of Hastag holidays. Any excuse to celebrate.
Apart from our Gin, champagne is my fav drink.

Tell me a little more about what you do:
I am a Tax Accountant by day – I work for an international IT firm’ headoffice where I look after the tax affairs of the South African entities. But by night, my the tshirt ninja makes her appearance. 😊
I studied at RAU / UJ, and I have a masters degree in South African and International Taxation. That kept the left brain Corne happy until I had kids. I started needing a creative outlet….and just after my last baby, I had the slogan tee brainwave. I have always loved slogan tees and my pinterest boards were and still is full of them. My husband has an entrepreneurial streak and he always said I should start up a little business of my own, and boom, the rest is history.

What makes your tees so special:
My tees are made by a mom, for moms! I felt the need to make lovely mommy tees and some passive agressive or quirky tees for those tough mommy days that no one really talks about. I wanted to make mamas smile amid parenting chaos. I wanted moms to feel heard. Bitchin Tees aims to celebrate all the beautiful, quirky, and funny moments of being a mom but keeping it real by letting the t-shirts say what is really on their minds.

What pushed you to start this business:
The need to eventually own my own time is what pushed me to start Bitchin’ Tees. My kids are getting bigger, and I want to be there for them as they need me for school activities etc. Also as mentioned, my husband has this entrepreneurial streak and he encouraged me to start something that I could call my own. Bitchin’ tees is my 4th baby – probably the girl that everyone keeps asking about. lol 😊

I see you have recently added gin to your range – please tell me about these:
This was all my husband. Before lockdown, he and one of his best friends ordered a copper still from Spain – for a hobby…then lockdown happened, and the delivery of our pot was seriously delayed.
Between the first and second alcohol ban, our pot managed to get through the borders and delivered. They then started playing around with rum, whiskey brandy and gin… and we called it Prohibition, cause we were in prohibition. 😊
We were doing research on gins, and flavours and I got the idea of adding edible glitter to our gin, to make it pretty….. and if you know me, you know I like anything and everything with pink, glitter and sparkle. During the research, we found our flagship flavour and an FDA approved alcohol glitter… and BOOM, “Unicorn” was born. At this point, our fantasy range was born and we have a range of gins which are as delicious as they are beautiful to look at! Magical Unicorn, Enchanted Galaxy and Mischievous Mermaids are some of the flavours in the range.

Why do you encourage people to support small businesses:
You know that old saying saying “hand made with love”…. This is why I support small businesses and would like people to support small business. I take so much care in each and every t-shirt that gets made. Getting to know my customer, why they want the slogan they have chosen and getting to be part of their everyday lives when they send me pics with them in their tees. From there a friendship blooms. They know that they are not only invoice number 2689, they are an actual person with a name. In it makes me feel amazing that I get to make a difference in someones lives… to make them feel special.

Do you do custom orders: I do – 60% of my orders are custom. 😊 again, that’s why building the relationship mentioned above is so important for me.

How can people order from you:
Online via my website.
Via Whatsapp 082 579 9648
Via email: hello@bitchintees.co.za

What have been your most popular items:
The most popular items by far were our naughty valentines briefs! Mama’s still got it for their hubbies! Lol.
Quarantine Father’s day and Mother’s day apparel was huge for obvious reasons.
After that – our Tjommies tee was a winner. This was inspired by the owner of Jelebebe Thea Jonker! A bunch of times, my friends just sends me pics of tees and I try it out. And this one was by far a hit.
Our Harry Potter Baby Items was a winner – I have a whole bunch of clients raising little wizards!

What is your personal favourite item: Anything and everything WONDER Woman and glitter …. And there is one specific cup, that I love.

Quote you live by:
Ignorance is bliss. Most of my successful endeavours were achieved when I did not know what was coming my way. If I had known, I might never have gone for it, I might have been too afraid.

Anything else you want to add:
I want Bitchin Tees to be a one-stop shop of happiness for everyone who visits my store. A shop where moms (ladies) can come to shop mainly for themselves, whilst adding little goodies for the rest of the family in the cart as well. We started with ladies T-shirts, and we added caps, tote bags, cups, baby onesies and dad tees to the site. We also now have the gin range, and we have also added the prohibition range of whiskey, rum and brandy to our shop.


Corne, you are SUCH a joy, and I have loved getting to know you better. I can’t wait until we can meet for our cake and coffee, and I definitely need some of that Unicorn Gin in my house!

Please support this stunning business for any custom orders, gift ideas, and just to spread a little more kindness in the world. You won’t regret it.


Pimville Gin

You know me by now.  I am a definite G & T type of girl, & I love trying out new gins – especially those that are produced & bottled in South Africa.  I think we often have the most unique, delicious flavours that give you a little taste of home with every sip.

Pimville Gin is one such gin, & I am sure you are going to want to rush out to get your own once you have read more about this small business.44802452_327208451440555_385715404942606336_o


Your name: Francois Bezuidenhout

Business name: Pimville Drinks Co.

Social media handles: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Website & Thundafund

Tell me a bit more about Pimville Gin:  Two friends, Francois and Yongama, got together in early 2018 over a beer (read: a few) and decided they want to make a gin. The two friends met fifteen years earlier at Stellenbosch University, sharing the same mens’ residence. Fifteen years later, with many years of experience in various industries it seemed like destiny.

For them two things were important from day one: (1) to truly encapsulate African essence with the gin, and (2) to be great value. For this reason, Pimville Gin is the spirit of the people.

What makes Pimville Gin so special: It is truly African, with infusions of Maroela fruit, Baobab and African Ginger.

Where did the name come from: This premium African Gin harks back to the story of James Howard Pim, who emigrated from Ireland in 1890 to become a city councillor in Johannesburg.

The first of the Johannesburg townships, Pimville, was named after this remarkable man who was widely regarded as an advocate for Africans.

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In 1935, well-known townships like Orlando and Klipspruit joined Pimville to form what has become widely known as Soweto. Our gin is infused with Baobab, Ginger and Maroela fruit to create a truly African expression of flavours.

For us, as the creators, the combination of a European spirit with African flavours and a European man who advocated for Africans tells the perfect story of what makes our Gin so unique. Thus, we bring you Pimville Gin.

What is your personal favourite gin cocktail: Negroni.  The Negroni is a popular Italian cocktail, made of one part gin, one part vermouth rosso, and one part Campari, garnished with orange peel. It is considered an apéritif. A properly made Negroni is stirred, not shaken, and built over ice in an old fashioned or ‘rocks’ glass and garnished with a slice of orange.

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What is a perfect Summer gin mix: Slice of grapefruit, double Pimville Gin, lots of ice and tonic.

Why do you think gin has grown so much in popularity? It is a drink that appeals to everyone, young and old, male and female.

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Where can people buy your gin from: Takealot.com or our website

Quote you live by: Life is too short to drink bad gin.


As we enjoy the final warm evenings, don’t you think it’s time to try out this gin?

Who would be keen for a little gin tasting sometime?  Let me know!


Edited to add: I don’t often drink. In fact, hardly ever. But when I enjoy a glass of something alcoholic with my husband, it is always gin!

Vrienginne

Vriendinne + gin = Vrienginne

When I saw this name, I immediately had a huge goofy grin on my face!  You guys, how cute is it?

I haven’t yet sampled them myself (it’s on my to-do list though I promise, but jeepers this Janu-WORRY has been real!) but there are only positive reviews on their page & the whole idea around this just makes me excited.  Plus I am sure you know by now just how much I love a good gin 🙂

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Your name: Marike Smit

Business name: Vrienginne

Social media handles: Instagram, Facebook & Website

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Tell me a bit more about your brand: The name encapsulates the purpose of the brand. It celebrates friends coming together over a glass of gin. We celebrate diversity & unity in friendships.

Where did the name of your business come from: We gave the tongue-in-cheek name amongst our friends.

What makes your gin different to others:
• The gin & tonic are high premium products, meticulously crafted with beautiful flavors.
• We are making it very easy for the gin enthusiasts to pack in your G&T for a braai, picnic, festival or kuier. No cumbersome packing.
• And the bold, playful packaging is developed to create a talking point amongst friends. So that they can identify themselves with the various personalities, ie. Cool & Lekker Vriengin. We have two more Vrienginne on the way this year. 🙂

I’m excited by your gift bags – tell me more: They are canvas bags with screen prints, holding 4 x G&Ts. We are very fond of beautiful gifting and thought: Why not a bag that can be reused, instead of wrapping paper/boxes.

Where can people purchase Vrienginne: Various TOPS stores across the country. Vrienginne t-shirts online.

Who is your target audience: Women & men who enjoy gin & tonic with their friends

Why do you encourage people to support local: I think South Africans are some of the most creative people in the world and we would like to see that reflect even more through various businesses. Also, we are big supporters of growing South African economy and trade.

Quote you live by: Unity is our strength, diversity is our power.

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Personally I think these would make a great birthday/anniversary gift, & the bottles are a great talking point.

Plus the t-shirts are super cute & are a necessity in every wardrobe (nudge nudge hint hint husband).

What do you think of this brand?  Are you heading out to get some yourself?  Let me know once you have tried it & your thoughts please…


 

Sugarbird Gin

I am a HUGE gin fan.  I don’t usually enjoy too much alcohol, but when it comes to gin I feel there is nothing better on a hot evening.  Husband & I sit outside, enjoy a cold drink together & chat over our day.  My body doesn’t feel bloated or gross after I have indulged a little, & I haven’t woken up with any kind of headache.

And then I discovered Sugarbird Gin & I was even more excited.  Read on to see why…


Your name: Nzeka Biyela

Business name: Sugarbird Gin

Social media handles: Facebook & Instagram

What makes your gin different to other brands: A proudly South African gin inspired by the people of our beautiful country. Sugarbird Gin is distilled and infused with Cape Fynbos. Which is key to our distinct, unique, proudly South African flavour. It’s these gentle, fragrant flavours that make Sugarbird the perfect gin to drink neat over ice, in a G&T, or in a delicious cocktail: Sugarbird fits your life effortlessly.

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Tell me more about what you are launching for Christmas: We’ve launched various products for the festive season which we’ve made for our Sugarbird friends and family to share with their friends and family. Sugarbird is about bringing people together, and adding fun & different ways to enjoy your gin. So we thought these products would do just that, no matter which way you enjoy the festive season, there is a product to fit the occasion.

Where can people purchase your products for: Sugarbird & Friends 8-Pack Advent Calendar containing a variety of 8 local gins at R299.99, Sugarbird & Friends 24-Pack Advent Calendar containing a variety of 24 local gins at R699.99 both available exclusively at Pick n Pay Liquor stores. Sugarbird Gin Crackers containing 1x50ml bottle of Sugarbird gin at R39.99 per cracker available exclusively at Checkers & Shoprite Liquor stores. Sugarbird Gin Baubles at R129.00 per sleeve which contains 5 x 40ml baubles filled with Sugarbird Gin available exclusively at Makro stores.

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What is your favourite gin mix/cocktail: A simple Sugarbird G&T always does the trick 😉 A personal favourite is our Juniper Unfiltered Gin + Barker & Quin Hibiscus tonic with pomegranate rubies, strawberries and rosemary 🙂

What gin cocktail is the ideal Summer drink: Sugarbird Summertime-Tini
35ml Sugarbird Juniper Unfiltered
15ml Lavender Syrup
5 Mint Leaves
Lime squeeze
50ml Litchi Juice Cellulose
Shaken hard and fine strained into a chilled Coup Glass.
Garnish: edible flower on top

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Quote you live by: “There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask “What if I fall?”
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?”
― Erin Hanson


Are these not just too gorgeous?  It is a definite benefit being an adult & I think these would be a great addition to any Christmas tree & celebration.

Which one are you planning to get?


 

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