The Pickleball Boutique Story
As the founder of this online pickleball store, I am Pickleball-crazed and loving it! I played tennis for the first 27 years of my life. Then I met my husband, who was a golfer. Since then, I’ve played golf anywhere from one to five times a week. For almost 30 years!
In November of 2015, my 78 year old Mom said “you should come play pickleball.” Well, I did, and I have not played golf since. Maybe I was ready for a change – golf was taking up too much time, too much money and despite being as low as a 9 handicap, I had progressed as far as I was going to go.
So there I was, in Sun City Shadow Hills, an over-55 community in Southern California, where I spend the winter. Turns out the Pickleball program is fabulous. I play every day and have made more great friends in six months than I ever met on the golf course.
I spend the summer in a small town west of Denver, Colorado called Idaho Springs. We have one court in the Rec Center gym, and soon our single outdoor tennis court will be set-up for Pickleball.
I’ve become the self-appointed Pickleball Queen of Clear Creek county! I’ve taken it upon myself to develop a great program here by offering free weekly clinics, participating in the local 4th of July parade (that’s me in my husband’s ’68 VW), doing newspaper interviews and today I was interviewed on a local radio show!
Why I started a Pickleball Store
As for why I became a retailer of pickleball-related gifts and gear, I found this hat at the COD Street Fair in Palm Desert, CA last Fall. It was so comfortable and flattering that I bought a second one. People started asking me where I got it, but low and behold, there were no more to be had.
Upon coming back to Denver, I started playing in a regular Tuesday-Thursday Pickleball game at my Mom’s house (long story short – the backyard tennis court was recently converted to Pickleball) and all of the ladies I play with wanted a hat. It became clear that there was a demand for them, so I ordered a BUNCH! I’m calling it the “Lucy” hat, named after my lottery cat Lucy (another long story short – homeless shelter kitten in November 2014, now with a winter home in sunny Palm Springs).
So, now I am the proud owner of The Pickleball Boutique. I have lots of great products in mind. We will offer quality, cute and stylish gifts and gear for the Pickleball players in your life!