So here's one of our newest and most unusual stockists - meet Rabea Ahyad from Witty Shop
- petroleum engineer by day, online
entrepreneur by night. And he also finds time to be an active dad to his two boys - now that's energy!
How long have you been in business? We are still fresh! Just kicked off back in September 2009.
What did you do before you started your business? I make my living as a petroleum engineer and am still doing so in parallel to the shop. Witty shop is a side project/family business we are building.
What makes your business unique? I originally wanted to start a T-shirt shop. Then my wife came with the idea and its products and I liked it more (got to listen to the wife!). Combined with my idea of launching an e-shop, we came out with Witty Shop, as a retail venue for unique and quality gifts, accessories and collectibles. Our main theme is to “Love What You Buy”.
What do you love most about what you do?I like the idea that the shop is online. I could run it from anywhere, especially that my work location is 1800 km away from where my stock is! Of course, I get help from my family back home when I am on duty. I also like what we stock in our shop. We personally use them at home as well.
Where’s your favorite way of sourcing new products? Online searching and reviewing of what people have to say about things. Good products make customers happy enough to make them go online and write something about it! In addition, we also consider design award winning products. These usually got positive vibes anyways.
What’s your favorite time of the day and why? Weekend mornings are great. Best time for breakfast spots and light traffic!
What’s the best piece of parenting advice you’ve ever received? To be patient and value things we take for granted.
If you could become any character from a children’s story, who would you be and why? We had some really great Japanese animations back in the day and they were all translated to Arabic. I must say Duke Fleed (or Daisuke) from the Grendizer animated series. Why? Riding Grendizer and doing all the heroic stuff wearing that awesome custom to save the day! Plus I like Duke’s hair.
Who inspires you? Besides Duke; successful, innovative entrepreneurs and genius inventors.
Who lives under your roof? My wife and life (Noor) and two kiddo boys (Doos & Tama)
Now it's back to preparing for the upcoming trade shows in Sydney and getting the munchkins ready for back to school next week. Two starting kinder (pre-school) and one starting prep (Year K)!
Ciao for now
Dannielle and Monique