Have you ever said to yourself, “There has to be a better way” when you come across something that just doesn’t go as smoothly as you know it could? Of course you have! We all have. In fact, this may happen several times during the course of the day but we stop questioning it because we’ve gotten used to the inconvenience of whatever it is we’ve been doing. However, one Mom in the Ahwatukee Foothills decided to say, “No more” to being inconvenienced. Here is the story of how she turned a need into a new business opportunity as reported in The Arizona Republic by Cathryn Creno.
Skis? Check. Boots? Check. Goggles? Check.
Gloves? Arrrgh, back to the parking lot.
Julie Hall, an Ahwatukee Foothills Army veteran, skier and mom, was fed up with dropped mittens, missing goggles and the effort it took to lug her family’s skis from the car trunk to the slopes.
The frustration turned Hall into an entrepreneur.
In 2007, after three years of experimenting with prototype ski equipment carriers, Hall launched Koala Snow Sports LLC out of her Ahwatukee living room.
“I’m a parent, that is why I started this business,” Hall said.
“I’ve hauled ski equipment without the straps, and it is a real pain. It is just unbelievable trying to carry everything without dropping it.”
Hall’s company designs, makes and markets colorful nylon straps and clips that allow skiers to carry their equipment to the slopes hands free.
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