Today we’d like to introduce you to Jill Fox.
Jill, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I know 2020 has been a tough year on everyone, but it was difficult for my family in other ways. During this time of uncertainty, I used Mah Jongg as my escape. Mah Jongg was my mom’s escape, too. After my father passed away in August, it was the only thing we could do together that still made her smile. We played together as a family with my son and daughter.
After my dad passed away, my mom spent most of her time schlepping to South Florida from her home in Daytona Beach to be with us. When she drove down, we played a lot of “Mahj.” Then in February, my mother died suddenly. Within the span of six months, both of my parents were gone.
Then came Coronavirus. Anyone in mourning right now knows how I feel. I can’t go to synagogue, and I’m doing my best to recite virtual Kaddish whenever I remember it’s Friday. But, I have found that staying busy has been the best thing for me, which brings us back to Mah Jongg.
On top of the other unprecedented changes, my coping mechanism was taken away from me too. No more Mah Jongg night, no schmoozing with my friends. It was awful.
So, with everyone around me talking about germs, wipes and all things COVID-related, I came up with a plan to turn my sadness into something special. I had an idea for a product to clean a Mah Jongg set. Of course, anyone could grab a Clorox wipe (should they be lucky enough to possess them) to polish their racks, but I had something better.
When we play, all my friends and I do is nosh and touch our tiles — not a good combo these days. We needed some– “SOAP” to wipe your “CRACK.” Those familiar with Mah Jongg lingo will quickly realize that “soap” and “crack” are both names of tiles. Adorable, right?
The connection to my mom was a given, but I needed a component for my dad. So, I decided to donate a portion from each purchase to pancreatic cancer research in honor of him. I found something positive to focus on during this strange time in everyone’s lives.
On April 1, I launched MahJonggWipes.com. Players can now protect their sets and themselves by keeping their tiles clean and germ free. The mini canisters of antibacterial wipes are adorable and people “crack” up when they read the label.
Has it been a smooth road?
Wipes have been a bit scarce due to obvious reasons, so a common issue I have been facing is restocking. In the future, hopefully that will no longer be a concern.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Now more than ever, it’s important to protect yourself. Now, Mah Jongg players can keep their tiles free from germs by using these wipes before and after each session of the game. For those who are not familiar with Mah Jongg, the game is played with four people attempting to secure a winning hand while making their way through 144 tiles.
You heard right – four people touching the same 144 tiles drawn and discarded until one player succeeds.
In the current climate, this may be a shocker. But, this type of situation still exists, and my new product makes the perfect addition. Our antibacterial disposable wipes are the first ones on the market to effectively sanitize Mah Jongg tiles.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
South Florida was the perfect location to start my business. The Jewish population here makes for a large mah jongg clientele. From temples to community centers to multiple philanthropic organizations, there’s another foursome around every corner.
- Mah Jongg Wipes start at $11.99
- Website: www.mahjonggwipes.com
- Phone: (850) 73-WIPES
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @momsplaymahjongg
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/momsplaymahjongg