Guest Post by LollaDAD

Chad Riddersen

Posted on August 19 2012

20 years ago I was a pimply-faced eighth-grader who spent the entire day practicing this exact line, “will you be my girlfriend?”  At 2:45pm, I finally mustered up the courage to “ask her out” by the school gym, and thankfully, her answer was ‘yes!’  I know this sounds crazy, but after just a few months of dating her, I knew Hanna was the one.  In fact, I have hundreds of old letters to prove how confident I was.

6 years ago today we made it official and got married in Pasadena, California.  It was the happiest day of my life.  Not only was I marrying someone I admire so much, but she happened to be my very best friend. But who in the world knew that one day we would become business partners?

People warned me about working with my wife and I have to admit, I was a little worried too.  We are far from perfect and I didn’t want to strain our relationship by arguing over every little detail that goes into running a small business.  Having launched a small business before, I knew that the work environment can often be explosive and stressful.  After working on this project for a little over 2 years I’m surprised to find that we’ve somehow grown closer.

Hanna and I eat, breath, and sleep lollacup.  We take every piece of feedback personally, and we do our best to create a product/service that we would want for our own family.  To us, your kids and their experience with the lollacup means everything.

I’ll be honest, I’d much rather be celebrating our anniversary in Fiji... but working a tradeshow in New York was the next best choice. =)

Happy anniversary babe, love you always.


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  • July 02, 2015

    Beautiful story… “Happy Anniversary, Mark & Hanna!” Wish you many more and great success with Lollacup. Blessings to the two of you and your family always.

  • Jacki Williams-Jones: July 02, 2015

    Congratulations to you two! i am so proud to have been a part of your story. Happy anniversary.

  • lollaland: July 02, 2015

    Thank you!

  • lollaland: July 02, 2015

    hahahaha! You two are a HUGE part of lollacup and our lives too!

  • lollaland: July 02, 2015

    Thanks for being one of our cherished retailers. We hope your business is thriving!

  • July 02, 2015

    What a beautiful story, made me cry! Happy Anniversary and congratulations on the success of Lollacup! My husband and I started our business together 1 year ago and it was the best decision we ever made! We are proud retailer of Lollacup :) We can’t wait to have it back in stock ;)

  • Oak: July 02, 2015

    Congratulations on Year 6 !
    You guys are our role models _
    Thank God for the 8th grade ~

  • Kalyn: July 02, 2015

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! Blessings to you and your family! We celebrated a little for you by preordering our first Lollacup. :)

  • lollaland: July 02, 2015

    Thanks…you are definitely part of our story!

  • lollaland: July 02, 2015

    Thank you! We had a busy anniversary, but we’re thankful we got to spend all day together!

  • Hope: July 02, 2015

    That was beautiful!

  • Tracy: July 02, 2015

    I think you’ve just captured the aesnwr perfectly

  • Esther: July 02, 2015

    Thanks alot – your answer solved all my problems after seerval days struggling

  • Jalen: July 02, 2015

    You can always tell an expert! Thanks for contriubtnig.

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