About Kate, owner/founder

 Photo credit: Bayly Shelley

Kate Kennedy is a Chicago-based entrepreneur best known for inventing the 'remindoormat.' In 2014, as a hobby, she decided to paint "turn off your curling iron" on her doormat in an attempt to not burn down her apartment. Realizing that this was an innovation in a somewhat stale category that only contained welcome mats that see you into your home, she decided to create a line of products designed to see you on your way out. She named it Be There in Five as a salute to people like her, who tend to run out the door and forget important things in the process. Starting with 'turn off' reminders for hair and kitchen appliances, don't forget your lunch, and telling people they look great today, Be There in Five launched a line of reminder, affirmation, and custom door mats for people on the go. A couple months in, the mats took off, and after selling thousands within the first year, Kate had to quit her corporate marketing job to run the business full-time.

She and her mom painted the first 1,000 doormats by hand out of their living rooms and now have grown to an online store & wholesale distributor with over 40 hand painted & screen printed products made possible by a great team of artisans in downtown Chicago. Be There in Five Mats are always available on bethereinfive.com and Etsy (where SKUs are tested and more customizations are allowed), and seasonally sell on Wayfair, select Nordstrom stores and over 50 retailers (and growing!) nationwide. Be There in Five has been featured in Glamour, Good Housekeeping, RealSimple, HuffPost, BuzzFeed, Self, Martha Stewart, and many more.

In 2017, Kate expanded the business to allow for commissioning custom artwork and prints on Be There in Five's Etsy site, which will soon be added to bethereinfive.com. She also started offering small business consulting, for other entrepreneurs who are in the same position she once was in, having to figure out how to quickly and cost effectively scale a handmade business. She specializes in branding, story telling, social media marketing, design, and small business operational process improvements and will be opening up consulting hours again in June 2018. Read more about consulting opportunities here.

 


ABOUT THE BE THERE IN FIVE PODCAST

As a person that often texts their friends "Be There in Five" when she just got in the shower, Kate Kennedy (entrepreneur, self-proclaimed millenni-old, and unofficial pop culture reporter) started a company that aimed to solve a major problem of likeminded people running out the door; wondering if they left their curling iron or straightener on. Concerned for the fire safety of her unpunctual peers, Kate founded her company Be There in Five, whose claim to fame is their proprietary 'remindoormats.'

Now, 4 years and thousands of doormats later, the only thing left burning is Kate's desire to share her thoughts on pop culture, TV, celeb gossip, and the '90s zeitgeist, topics which she has become well-known for ranting about on Instagram. Join her while she podcasts her way through the lonely days of self-employment, chatting about things that she says, quote "are delightfully unimportant" on iTunes and her podcast site.

Be There in Five the podcast has broken the top 200 charts within Society & Culture Podcasts and currently has over 140 5 star reviews! For sponsorship information, please contact us here.

More to come Fall/Winter 2018!


About Be There in Five

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Be There in Five started as an Etsy shop with a simple mission: reminding people of the important things they forget when running out the door. To remember their lunch, that they look amazing today, and to [most importantly] not burn down their house. Traditionally, door mats welcome guests in your home, but I wanted to create something unique that saw you on your way out. 

While these door mats were the start, Be There in Five means more to me than selling products. It's a tongue-in-cheek representation of not having to be perfect; an intentional tribute to one of my biggest flaws. It's for those of you like me, who always run a little behind, pay way too much attention to detail and try to be everywhere at once. It's for those of us that look pretty together but endure a comically hectic process in order to appear that way. I want to relieve some of the pressure we put on ourselves, to find some humor in the organized chaos. I want to make it okay not to be a DIYer, a fitness goddess or a Martha Stewart in the making. I won't pretend it didn't take me 4 months to figure out how to get 4 words on a rug. I am a big believer in using the internet for inspiration, not to feel inadequate, and I want this to be a relatable brand that reminds us to not take ourselves too seriously.

 

So Be There in Five is dedicated to all the thoughts and things, people and places, ideas and ideals that make me a slave to this phrase.  

And to all the people out there like me, whose curiosity creates an ill concept of time. 

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