Palisade grad adds ‘sweet’ children’s books to business
Courtney Noelle, a 1997 graduate of Palisade High School, is expanding her business horizons with business partner and former college roommate Tiffany Corbett.
The two first got national attention when “The Bachelorette” star Trista Rehn wore one of their Girl ExtraOrdinaire brand bridal shirts on television.
Now, they hope to gain accolades for a line of children’s books featuring Corbett’s French bulldog, Sweet Pea.
Sweet Pea appears in costumes throughout the books, in particular a bee costume, which explains the books’ titles: “Bee-ing extraordinary,” “What do you want to bee-come?” and “Spreading the buzz of the holiday season.”
The books are about being upbeat, picking a career and remembering the meaning of Christmas.
“Our whole message is spreading the buzz of happiness,” Noelle said. “The books are getting such a great response. It became even more than we had hoped.”
Noelle and Corbett read the books in preschools and elementary schools near where they live in southern California. Some of their sales come from those students’ parents, while other fans have found them at SweetPeatheBumbleBee.com, where the books are sold. The books are also available on Target.com and Amazon.com.
Sweet Pea also served as the muse for a line of greeting cards, and Noelle and Corbett still make clothing, expanding into a line for small children and a line for pets.
Eventually, they’d like to make girl’s clothing and expand into global markets.
“We’ll see where it takes us,” Noelle said.