It started as a side business...
In early 2018, Kylie realized that office life was not for her. She realized what she wanted to do: run her own business. That business was a Tabletop Game Cafe. Not quite the same as an online store, you think? Well, that's not entirely accurate.
Her visions for a tabletop game cafe came from the realization that tabletop and board games are for everyone. And that's what she loved about them, the way they brought people together.
That's what she wanted to do: create something that facilitated the togetherness you get around the table. With a game, you forget about the troubles around you for a moment. Instead, your focus is on the people in front of you.
Whether it's healing that barbaric party member of yours or finding the optimal placement for that wood monopoly in Catan, gaming brings people together.
But opening a cafe requires cash, and lots of it. Life as a barista doesn't pay that well.
Enter Cantrips Media's Etsy Shop.
Kylie created a very interesting and well-organized journal for all her Dungeon Master notes. In the process, she realized people were searching for ways to organize their campaign notes. So she set up to sell her handmade products online, with the goal of starting her own cafe one day.
It became the main business...
In early 2021, Kylie realized that she enjoyed her handmade business. A lot. While her dream of opening a tabletop game cafe was still something she longed to do, the COVID environment had put a pause to her plans. She had been saving (and still is), but the environment did not seem right for an in-person experience.
In April of 2021, she took the leap and decided to run her shop full-time.
Now Kylie is loving the creative and innovative journey her journals are taking her on. As the sole owner and maker at Cantrips Media, she has her work cut out for her.
But what about the cafe dreams?
While the dream has been tabled (puns intended) for the moment, it isn't gone. Kylie still takes a part of her personal income from the shop for her cafe savings account and hopes to still one day make this dream a reality. For now, she loves and enjoys the small business she has already developed and works towards growing it further.
At the time of writing this, I currently run everything for the shop. From design to handmaking the journals to marketing and running the website, I do it all. Though the goal is to increase the employee number soon!
I work out of my home near Pittsburgh, PA. I'm a dungeon master, a player, a cat-lover, and an all-around nerd. When I have free time, I love playing video games with my husband or my niece and nephews, reading a good book, or designing new ways to destroy challenge my players.
Your support of the shop supports me and my family, as well as helps me fulfill my dreams of both running a successful business and one day running a successful café. Thank you for all the support no matter how big or small. It truly means a lot to me.