We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Binkowski and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I cannot tell you how many weddings I’ve been apart of where the anxiety of putting together a speech or toast overshadowed the beauty of the day itself. Public speaking is a fear that many people share, but when there’s an added pressure to really perform knowing it’s in the honor of celebrating someone you love, we’re dealing with a whole different ball game.
Luckily, words are my passion, and writing has always been something I felt like I *got* to do, rather than *had* to do. I started Good Scribes Only to help create keepsakes in the form of poems, toasts, and speeches, to help those who felt so much, but struggled with putting those feelings into words. Just because you struggle putting pen to paper to commemorate an event or an emotion does *not* mean those emotions aren’t there.
With any occasion, whether a wedding, a birthday, an anniversary, you name it, it’s important to reiterate that these are YOUR words, your memories, your inside jokes an anecdotes. I simply string ’em all together for you and give you some time back to simply enjoy.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What sets Good Scribes Only apart from other businesses is that each poem, toast, or speech we come up with is completely and unequivocally one-of-a-kind. Our clients fill out a brief form that allows them to input inside jokes, stories, and memories that are completely unique to them and their recipient at hand, which makes for super distinctive and often times, super quirky gifts that are guaranteed to spark laughter (or in best cases, happy tears).
Some lessons I’ve learned along the way include the importance of engaging your community and simply asking for help or feedback. The vast majority of our business comes from referrals, so taking the time to really understand what makes our Good Scribes customers tick, and what feedback they have to offer is absolutely integral. I’ve also learned that feedback, and even criticism, is 10x more important than a compliment or praise. How else do we expect to grow and evolve, afterall?
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.
Coffee: Dark Horse, Subterranean, Holsem, Cafe Calabria, Holy Matcha
Lunch: Encontro, Eppig brewing, Dunedin, Son of a Toast (Avo toast and cold brew bar), Luca Libre
Dinner: Siamo Napoli, Smoking Goat, One Door North, Soi on 30th, Underbelly
Outings: Bird Park in North Park, Bird Rock Tide Pools, Kate Sessions Park
Shops: Pigment, Verbatim Books, Home and Hound, Liberty Station (also great for food!)
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A massive shoutout to my mother! This cheeky gal wakes up every morning and calls her crew to wish them a “Marvelous Monday” or a “Terrific Tuesday”. She’s just as much a sucker for alliteration and poetry as she is for sharing joy and sparking it amongst all of those around her.
Growing up, my mom and I would write each other silly poems back and forth, which…when sharing this aloud sounds pretty nauseating, but I digress. Her adoration for poems and song and the concept of “day brighteners” as a whole was infectious, and I can say with confidence I wouldn’t be here, having launched Good Scribes Only without her motivation and zest for life itself.