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Tulle Box

Crafter Turned Mompreneur

 Tulle Box

The Tulle Box
Chrystal Simmons | Grandview, MO | Microenterprise

Lovers of color, fans of organization and those who crush on innovation, meet the Tulle Box, maker of handmade housewares. Launched in 2012, Tulle Box has scored a share studio space and, even more impressively, been featured in Better Homes & Garden.

Below, Chrystal Simmons takes our KCSourceLink Shop Quiz. Learn about her company—and keep reading to score your deal of the May.

Your entrance music: Something by Pomplamoose. 

Your power motto: There is always a solution to a problem.  

Your KC happy place: Parisi Coffee at Union Station

Your app obsession: Instagram

Your offline addiction: Coffee 

Kansas City’s best move: Its location.

Kansas City’s best kept secret: Fashion Week

Your triumph: Birthing 3 children naturally

Your wisdom earned the hard way: Being kind really is what it's all about.

Your comfort: The craft store

On your entrepreneurial watch list: Shark Tank

On your entrepreneurial wish list: Shark Tank

Your KC entrepreneurial crush: Whoever started Unforked.

Where you find your tribe: Boutique shows and Instagram

Your next move: Expanding my housewares line with a handful of new products.

Your exit music: Also Pomplamoose.

What flavor do you add to KC? Some sort of encouraging, you can do anything you want, deliciously nutty flavor.

Fill Your Tulle Box


Instagram: @thetullebox

Facebook: @thetullebox

Twitter: @chrystalpaasch

Pinterest: @chrystalyn


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