Bernadete (Bern) and Sandra (Sands) are longtime friends who decided that they wanted to start a business together. We were both raised with traditional Portuguese values, and growing up we spent summers together, swimming and playing at Sand’s house.
As is normal in most Portuguese households, we both worked in our family’s businesses on weekends and during school holidays. Now, years later, we are both married and are moms to beautiful children. We loved the idea of creating something that would complement our children’s unique personalities, and having them feature as the main character in a story felt perfect. So, inspired by the idea of momtrepreneurs, we researched and interviewed, and decided to use local talent and locally sourced manufacturers to create something that we would be proud to present to their own children as a precious memory of their childhoods. And, this is the story of how Beautiful Stories was born.
“We, as moms, absolutely loved the idea of having our kids read a book about themselves.” – Sandra
“We wanted all our books to portray a positive message.” – Bernie