Last year, Tula McDougal and her daughter Christiana Barabe found themselves at a professional crossroads. McDougal’s 30-year career as a VP of sales for various houseware and cookware companies ended after a restructuring, which left her with no desire to return to corporate life. Barabe was working as a wine consultant until she lost her job, like so many others, during the pandemic.
They had long dreamed about going into business together, but didn’t know when or in what line of work. “We had always wanted to open a shop together and tossed around a lot of ideas,” McDougal says. “With Christiana’s background we discussed a wine bar or a charcuterie, but this was right in front of us. I have always made ice cream at home for friends and family.”