Name: Brie Hooper
City: Mobile, Alabama
Main Hustle: Mom of 3, (7mo, 2.5, & 5)
Side Hustle: Owner/Operator of Mustard & Ketchup Kids, a kid-friendly children’s clothing line offering tees, polos, hats, & more.
How did you get started?: Several years ago I was looking for a cute and comfy alternative to my son’s dressy, smocked clothes. Something that he could just wear anytime, whether it be on the playground or to a birthday party. Something cute and kid-friendly. Not too bold, or with inappropriate graphics for his age.
When/where do you work on your Side Hustle?: The majority of my work comes when my little ones are napping or after they are all asleep. I am a night owl.
I am also able to spend a few hours a week at our distribution office.
What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: The biggest challenge for me as the sole owner/operator is managing family and work.
What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: Meeting customers, store owners, seeing kids in our gear.
I love that I started a small business and have continued while raising my family. I feel like there are so many women out there who are multitalented and can do so much but just have not made that leap.
Who is your greatest supporter?: My husband and my parents are my biggest supporters. Both have given me great advice on how to run a small business.
Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: My three children and all children are my greatest inspiration. As a former first grade teacher, I have always loved kids and being a part of their lives. Running MKK allows me to provide children with a fun outfit that represents something they can relate to.
Have you received recognition for your work?: I have not won any big awards or been featured on CNN (ha).
It is not me who should be recognized. It’s all of us. All of the hardworking women out there who are making a difference. Keep on keeping on!
What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: I would eventually like to expand our line, but for now I will continue offering the best toddler and youth apparel possible.
Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?:
You can do anything you set your mind to! Don’t have doubts, believe in yourself, and go for it! You might just find the perfect opportunity waiting for you! Otherwise you may always wonder what if…
Professional photos by Frances Sadler Photography