Where spices run wild...
During the late 1990s, our company, “Borderline Designs,” centered on
selling jewelry, clothing, pottery and home decor items that we hand-
selected from our travels throughout Mexico and Guatemala.
We marketed our wares at Christmas and garden shows held in cites
anywhere from Los Angeles to the Canadian border. To diversify, we
jumped on a product line of dip mixes that were a totally new concept in
cooking. The sales of this product was so phenomenal, the supplier could
not keep up with the inventory we needed for the shows.
Seeing the potential of this product, we decided to develop our own line of
dip and bagel spreads. My wife Jill teamed up with her cousin (both
gourmet chefs) to create recipes and marketing strategies for a new
product line featuring 21 dips and 9 bagel spreads and the company
“Cousins Gourmet” was born.
At first, the dips and bagel spreads were packaged in a plastic bag with a
printed label glued on top that sold successfully for many years. In 2008,
we decided to upgrade our image by designing all new packaging. Jill
worked with an artist from Bainbridge Island who specialized in animal
dolls. Together they created the vivid and colorful creatures you see on our
packaging that represent each dip and bagel spreads.
During the long car rides between shows, we amused ourselves by coming