The business began from Jenny and Dave’s home. The couple started selling antiques and collectibles as a part time hobby to supplement their income while raising their daughters Jillian and Sarah. Jenny was laid off from her full-time banking job at MBNA America and with Dave’s encouragement, she pursued selling items online as a full-time career. She made it a success. Dave followed a few years later and left his job as an Animal Control Officer. At the end of 2015, Jenny and Dave officially launched JennyGems.
Although there have been many hills, detours and lessons along the way, they have continued to climb and push towards new goals. They now have a 7,000 square foot warehouse and a gift shop in Harbeson, Delaware. The couple began their brand by having their designs manufactured overseas in China. After being affected by the trade wars in 2019 and the inability to find a US supplier to keep up with the brands demand, the couple decided to take a big risk and use all their resources to purchase expensive manufacturing and wood shop equipment. Timing was not on their side as the equipment arrived the week before the COVID 19 pandemic. Their sales went overnight to nothing. The couple was forced to lay off all of their workers. But they quickly came back fighting on social media and highlighting the Made in USA theme. They also began offering inspirational gift products for nurses on the front lines of the pandemic. The couple’s business took a giant leap and orders began blowing up. The couple recalled all of their employees and hired 12 more. The couple continues to add new members to their team.