We had the good fortune of connecting with April Winograd and Betsy Witt and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi April and Betsy, how does your business help the community or world?
We think good manners start in the home. And we know, as parents ourselves, how hard it can be to teach them to your kids. At Quail & Ivy, we hope to reinforce what parents are teaching at home by offering etiquette workshops for children, teens and adults that build skills needed to succeed in life. An awareness of basic etiquette builds self-confidence and leadership skills and helps develop positive relationship with others. How you act towards others can influence how they react to you, creating a ripple effect that will impact people they encounter along the way. That’s the kind of social impact we hope to have on our community and beyond.

What should our readers know about your business?
Quail & Ivy came about as a natural next step after we helped start a local chapter of National Charity League, a mother-daughter philanthropic organization, through which we saw a need for etiquette resources in the community. We know that when people think about etiquette often a certain image comes to mind of a formal dinner with more silver forks than you might know what to do with! While navigating a table setting is an important skill to have, we wanted to create a business that teachers modern etiquette and life skills to reflect how we live today. We strongly believe in the timelessness of the golden rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Quail & Ivy was founded on the idea of promoting kindness and courtesy. Our etiquette workshops teach how respecting others, treating people with kindness and practicing empathy are the cornerstones of modern manners.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are so many great things to do in San Diego, it’s hard to pick! Here are a few of our tried and true faves that we can’t wait to do again with visitors post-Covid: * Biking down the boardwalk in Pacific Beach, stopping for lunch at Tower 23 and then grabbing a local brew at Draft. * Lattes and breakfast at Caroline’s by the Sea followed by a walk on the beach – or even a dip in the ocean! * If it’s summertime, a Padres game is a must. * Hitting one of the farmers’ markets in La Jolla, Little Itay or Hillcrest. * Catching a sunset at Windandsea. * For a night on the town, we love getting dressed up and taking friends for cocktails at Starlite and then dinner at Juniper & Ivy.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
What a lovely idea! We’d like to dedicate our shoutout to our mothers. One of the ways we have connected over the years is through our upbringing. We often find ourselves saying things like “my mom told me….” and, “so did mine!” Our moms instilled in us the core values of being kind, helpful people who treat others with respect. We, in turn, we have passed those values on to our kids. They’re also at the heart of what we do as etiquette coaches at Quail & Ivy. Thanks, Mom!

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