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Inspiring Conversations with Julie McInerney of Sweet Mitten Dreams

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie McInerney.  

Hi Julie, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Our business started in the midst of the pandemic as a way to bring joy to families. I was gifted my first sewing machine in 2019 and was able to tap into my creative outlet. I first began sewing masks before they were readily available for other businesses, nursing homes, and hospital staff. It was a wonderful feeling to be able to give back during such uncertain times. After an evening of researching fun things to do with my own family, I came across teepee sleepovers, and a light went off in my head. I could create teepees next! So, I made three for my kids and started having campouts in our family room for movie nights and special days. I could see their excitement in them and shared the idea with family and friends. I was inspired to start the business by offering rentals for families to use for sleepovers, sleep under, and “just because.” This was when sweet mitten dreams were born. 

Today we have grown from a teepee rental business to a glamping business including outdoor experiences such as yurt tents, outdoor movies, and specialty parties. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Some of the struggles along the way have just been our client’s comfort level about hosting an event. With the pandemic, many clients preferred having parties outdoors, smaller parties, or had parties canceled due to exposure. 

We’ve been impressed with Sweet Mitten Dreams, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We specialize in a teepee and glamping parties. Our clients are your kids! They request our parties by experiencing them somewhere else or seeing them online. We have over 15 themes for clients to choose from but can also customize the party theme for your event. We incorporate Michigan touches such as favor bags, including Michigan-made snacks and items from other small businesses with our decor. 

I am most proud of where we have become during a very difficult time in our world. It started with having friends and family experience the teepees and has grown into an event planning business. We now offer our glamping tents, outdoor movies, spa parties, DIY slime parties, pancakes, and patches, and of course, our fun add Ons too! 

We have been featured in Hour Detroit magazine, Local 4, and our local community magazine. We are so humbled by the recognition and cannot thank our clients enough for supporting our small business and letting us help celebrate their special occasions. 

Alright, so before we go, can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
The best way to get in touch is by email- at julie@sweetmittendreams.com. 

We are on all the social media platforms as well- Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok. 

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