For years she has graced the stage as one of ballet’s most celebrated characters in “The Nutcracker.” And when she performs, you’d be hard-pressed to hear her foot fall to the stage, so light and delicate is her posture.
But, put a hammer in her hand and professional ballerina Tiffany Koepke is loud and proud.
“It was about three years ago. I moved into an apartment. I needed a hammer to hang some drapes, pictures on the wall. I called my boyfriend, but thought I should probably just get one of my own,” said Koepke, a longtime dancer at The Ballet Studio in Temecula.
The search for a tool that fit her petite hand turned up nothing, but did spark an idea for the Temecula resident.
“I thought, ‘where could I find tools that are cute or pretty. And why can’t tools come in a case that is stylish,’” Koepke said.
It took a little over two years of thought, planning and development, and this celebrated ballerina’s new dream was born.
Tiffany’s Tools offers seven smart and basic household tools that women will use in their every day lives, whether it’s hanging photos or tightening a wobbly table leg.
“All of the tools are made a little smaller to fit a woman’s hand comfortably. They are very usable and good quality,” Koepke said.
Most unique is the decorative carrying case that can be an attractive addition to any home’s decor.
Koepke, who recently finished up a season with the San Diego Ballet, said that Tiffany’s Tools’ trade show debut has met with an enthusiastic response from women and men.
“I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback and the guys love (the tools). They say they get the job done,” she said.
Koepke said that several local shops, including American Sanctuary in Old Town Temecula and Europa Village in Temecula Wine Country carry Tiffany’s Tools.
Koepke said, “I still can’t believe I have a product in hand that was actually my idea.”
To learn more, visit www.tiffanystools.com.
Kerri S. Mabee can be reached at email@example.com. Follow me on Twitter @kerrimabee.