We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelly Nolan and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kelly, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
We actually didn’t set out to find an opportunity to start our own business. The idea presented itself and we knew there was a large, untapped market for whiskey made by and for women. Once we realized no one else was really doing this, we knew we had to figure out how to make it happen. That process took almost two years from conception to launching the brand.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The business is still very new but we are so proud of how far we’ve come in just two months. We have always led with integrity and sincerity in our business relationships and I think that is so important when you are starting out. I also think being in front of people and letting them get to know us, also helps them get to know the brand.

Building the business was not an easy road. We really struggled with supply chain issues and sourcing the bottles. That took many months and we really had to just take what was available. Being flexible in your vision is a necessary trait when launching a business. It’s not always going to end up how you pictured it. Also, finding the right production partners to actually make and bottle the whiskey was a challenge. I think being such a small project and having no experience, it was a tricky proposition for most distillers. Whoever took on our project, was going to be answering a lot of questions!

I think it’s best to trust that you will end up with the partners and product that you are meant to have. That can be hard but I truly think all the setbacks were actually setups for success for us.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If it was a long weekend, I would start with dinner downtown. I’d get a drink at the Fish Market to check out all the boats on the water and then head to Born and Raised for a deliciously opulent dinner! Hopefully there would be a Padres game so we could also check out Petco Park, but if not I’d go to Moonshine Flats for live music and line dancing.

The next day, we would hike Torrey Pines reserve and go the beach in Del Mar. Lunch would probably be my favorite pizza from Bongiorno’s in Solana Beach. Then shopping at UTC (Westfield) and drinks Eddie V’s in La Jolla.

Final day, I’d want to get coffee at Better Buzz and walk around Encinitas. Then hit up the Del Mar racetrack and bet on a few races – you can have such a fun day at the track. Finally, dinner at The Brigantine for fish tacos and watch the sunset from their patio.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Our graphic designer Sarah Andrew deserves a major shoutout for how she helped us bring the brand to life. We knew we wanted a classy, roaring 20’s vibe and Sarah absolutely nailed the label and website for us. She had lots of experience with design in the liquor space before, so we trusted her guidance and suggestions as we went along.

Website: dancing-daughters.com

Instagram: @dancing.daughters

Facebook: @dancingdaughterswhiskey

Image Credits
Kristin Bradford Photography

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