It all began with an idea….

It all began with an idea….

Written by: Helen I was driving up to Williams Bay, WI on the weekends from Chicago to work at Café Calamari, a great family owned restaurant that I have worked at for many years. I was still fairly new to Chicago and this was a familiar and good place to work, not to mention a beautiful area to spend summer weekends. I was at my friend’s coffee and antiques store Tickled Pink grabbing my coffee for the morning and ran into Karen with her daughter Ellen. We chatted for a while and Karen was telling me about going out for dinner at a great restaurant, but it was kind of spoiled by the fact the air conditioning was making the place so cold that she couldn’t enjoy dinner. Through the years of working in a busy air conditioned restaurant, I have witnessed many women wearing their husband’s shirts or jackets and have had them ask for extra cloth napkins and put them on their shoulders. My personal favorite was a request for a small white tablecloth that acted as a shawl! So obviously I could relate to Karen’s story and the conversation lead to me pulling a small cardigan out of my purse which I kept in there for such moments. The cardigan was kind of ratty looking and a bit dirty from being shoved in my purse, but it did the trick. We started to talk again and I said ‘someone should invent something that you keep in your purse that doesn’t get dirty ‘and call it a ‘pocket sweater’! We both went away and obviously still thought...

It all began with an idea….

I was driving up to Williams Bay, WI on the weekends from Chicago to work at Café Calamari, a great family owned restaurant that I have worked at for many years. I was still fairly new to Chicago and this was a familiar and good place to work, not to mention a beautiful area to spend summer weekends. I was at my friend’s coffee and antiques store Tickled Pink grabbing my coffee for the morning and ran into Karen with her daughter Ellen. We chatted for a while and Karen was telling me about going out for dinner at a great restaurant, but it was kind of spoiled by the fact the air conditioning was making the place so cold that she couldn’t enjoy dinner. Through the years of working in a busy air conditioned restaurant, I have witnessed many women wearing their husband’s shirts or jackets and have had them ask for extra cloth napkins and put them on their shoulders. My personal favorite was a request for a small white tablecloth that acted as a shawl! So obviously I could relate to Karen’s story and the conversation lead to me pulling a small cardigan out of my purse which I kept in there for such moments. The cardigan was kind of ratty looking and a bit dirty from being shoved in my purse, but it did the trick. We started to talk again and I said ‘someone should invent something that you keep in your purse that doesn’t get dirty ‘and call it a ‘pocket sweater’! We both went away and obviously still thought about this idea...