A local businesswoman recently spent some time packaging up one of her most popular products to ship to Hollywood, just in time for Mother's Day.
Melissa Funk, CMO of Lynn and Liana Serveware, says their extra-large cheeseboards will soon be in the hands of some new celebrity moms as part of a Mother's Day gift bag.
Celebrities slated to receive the gift include Carrie Underwood, Nicki Minaj, Jessica Biel, Kristen Wiig, Katherine Schwarzenegger, Mindy Kaling, Hilary Duff, Mandy Moore, Katharine McPhee, Katy Perry, Meghan Trainor, Jenna Dewan, Sophie Turner, Leighton Meester, Ashley Tisdale, Iskra Lawrence, Billie Lourd, Christina Milian, Amanda Seyfried, Rooney Mara, Greta Gerwig, Krysten Ritter, Emma Roberts, Kelly Rowland and Amanda Kloots.
Funk says finding out was an exciting moment. "We were just jumping up and down with excitement. We couldn't believe that these incredible celebrities are actually going to be having our cheeseboards in their homes and in their hands."
This latest opportunity is one of many for the company. Liana Serveware products have been featured on several high-profile television shows like Good Morning America, The View, and Fox News. They've also been highlighted in Forbes Magazine.
The continuing coverage of her business still surprises Funk.
"A lot of these happened organically, we didn't even know about half of them and all of sudden we search our name up on Google and sure enough, we're on Forbes and it's incredible!" she says.
"This latest opportunity to get cheeseboards into the hands of Hollywood celebrities came from a partnership with a company in Los Angeles earlier in the year. They had sold them some of their epoxy cheeseboards and Funk says the rest was natural, 'we had the amazing opportunity to send 25 boards to celebrity moms for mother's day specifically. So we sent a white grey gold extra large cheeseboard to 25 different moms."
"The opportunity was just too good to pass up."
Just in time for Mother's Day, these famous moms will open up a gift bag containing a cheeseboard that was designed, produced and packaged in Steinbach.
Funk is thankful and hopeful for what the opportunity could mean, 'they deserve to be treated special, just like everyone else. And if they post something on social media, I would be pretty happy about that too!'
The cheeseboards may have been shipped to some famous homes, but Funk is already thinking to the next thing. The company recently moved into a new space that is 3 times the size of their previous production facility, and they have some new products they're getting ready to launch. 'One that is completely different from charcuterie altogether, it's something nobody has seen before and we think it will go nationwide really quickly.'
As she looks ahead to the rest of the year, Funk is grateful for the support of the community, 'we're glad that we can have Steinbach get known for our cheeseboards, it's pretty incredible and we couldn't do it without the support of Steinbach.'