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      Frownies Blog — Family business

      Frownies Celebrates Women’s History Month!

       

      Our mission at Frownies is to “honor, embrace, [and] celebrate being … a woman!” And those are the principles that our company was founded upon over 100 years ago!  

      Before many women were in the workforce, before woman owned businesses, even before women had the right to vote, Frownies has been owned and operated by strong, independent women since their invention in 1889. 

      In honor of Women’s History Month, we at Frownies would like to highlight the accomplishments of the five generations of women who have led our family business. 

      Margaret Krosen (1873 - 1962)

      Margaret Krosen was the oldest of eight children to Irish immigrants. As a young woman, Margaret worked for a bank as an assistant to the bank manager. She eventually worked her way up to managing director of the bank-owned B&P Company which, at the time, sold barber supplies. However, the business was struggling, but Margaret bought the company from the bank and began to sell her own invention – the “Wrinkle Eradicator” that would eventually come to be known as Frownies Facial Patches

      In her own home, Margaret rolled an adhesive onto weighted paper and used a special perforating tool to cut the paper into the small patch shapes that could be wetted and applied to form a cast to lift the skin and relax the muscle – and the technology has basically remained the same ever since. 

      Alice Laumer (1893 - 1953)

      Margaret had one daughter, Alice, before her husband passed away. Alice became a well-known concert pianist, and she traveled the country with her mother Margaret– and later with her own daughter Peggy – playing shows including many appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York and most notably for President and First Lady Coolidge at the White House. 

      Alice’s mother Margaret would bring her “Wrinkle Eradicators” with her to share with Broadway performers and make-up artists. Eventually, the little box of facial patches made it all the way to California where they became known as “Hollywood’s Best Kept Beauty Secret.” 

      After Alice’s husband passed away, she and her infant daughter Peggy moved back in with her mother Margaret, and the three women ran the business out of their home. Frownies were mostly advertised by word of mouth, so the women responded to letters from all over the world ordering the facial patches. 


      Peggy Wright (1923 - 2018) 

      When Peggy became an adult and married her husband, she became a businesswoman in her own right. She assisted her husband’s business ventures and entertained his clients and their wives while continuing to make and sell Frownies Facial Patches.

      Peggy and her husband eventually bought a building in Cleveland, Ohio. Half was used for her husband’s business and half was kept as Peggy’s office and Frownies warehouse. 

      Peggy, like her grandmother Margaret, continued to run the family business well into her late 80s.


      Kat Wright 

      Kat, Peggy’s daughter-in-law, is the current CEO of Frownies. Kat has always been an entrepreneur at heart. She has written two books, opened a yoga studio, taught cooking classes, and run a healing practice as a naturopathic doctor – all while raising her five children. 

      Kat began working alongside her mother-in-law, Peggy in the early 1990s and took a more full-time role with the company in the early 2000s. Kat brought her wealth of natural health knowledge to the company to expand the Frownies brand with a natural skincare line including serums, moisturizers, and lotions. Kat is always researching the most innovative natural skincare ingredients to continue to elevate the Frownies brand while staying true to the Original Wrinkle Patch. 

      The Next Generation of Frownies Women

      The fifth generation of Frownies women have brought the Frownies Facial Patches into the modern era. Like their great-great-grandmother Margaret, Kat’s three daughters are entrepreneurial and have started their own businesses in health, wellness, fitness, fashion, and make-up. 

      Recently, Kat’s oldest daughter, Helen Morrison, has become the face of Frownies across social media platforms. But Helen and her two younger sisters have been involved in the family business since an early age. Reminiscent of their grandmother Peggy’s childhood, some of their first memories are helping in the warehouse folding and packaging Frownies Facial Patches alongside their grandmother and mother. 

      We at Frownies are proud to be known as a fifth-generation female owned and operated brand. We strive to maintain the personal customer service that the Frownies customers have always appreciated since 1889. 

      Check out this recent comment from one of our customers on Instagram:

      “Did I mention the customer service is winning with this company!!
      Being in sales now I truly appreciate incredible customer service!
      People will always remember how you make them feel… doesn’t matter how good your product is!
      I shared my video yesterday and they were so sweet, reached out and thanked me, then offered some helpful tips and even shared a video and a friendly voice memo.”

       

      By: Dr. Megan C. Wright, PT, DPT 

       

      Megan C. Wright, PT, DPT is an authority in health and wellness content with over ten years of clinical experience as well as a freelance health writer. Megan received a BA in English from the University of Virginia and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Marymount University. Megan lives outside Richmond, Virginia with her husband and two young boys.

       

      Frownies is Thankful for YOU! For Supporting Our Fifth-Generation, Women-Owned, Small Business!

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      In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, we at Frownies want to thank YOU, our customers, for your on-going support. Your loyalty to our small business means more to us than you’ll ever know!

      There are many well-known benefits to supporting small businesses. Small businesses create local jobs. Over $0.67 of every dollar spent at a small business stays within the local economy. And small businesses donate 250% more to local non-profits vs. their big-business counterparts. 

      It has been widely reported that the pandemic disproportionately affected small businesses. But Frownies is a resilient little company, that has been led by strong women for over 130 years! And we don’t take for granted that Frownies is still thriving on the other side of these historic past couple of years. 

      Frownies is a fifth-generation, female-owned and operated small business.  Our great-great grandmother, a widow, invented Frownies Original Wrinkle Patch in her attic as a way to support her family back in 1889 - at a time before women could even vote!

      So, when you support Frownies, you support our family. Our employees are our mothers, daughters, nieces, cousins, and friends that are more like family! From our great-great grandmother’s attic to our current warehouse in Dayton, Ohio, Frownies skincare is handmade in-house and packaged by hand to ship to you! 

      “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” -W. T. Purkiser 

       

      Women have always been capable, powerful, change-makers, just like our founder and the many women in our family that have lead our company since 1889. Our mission is to empower women to honor, embrace, and celebrate who they are!

      We at Frownies know that beauty is more than skin deep. Our product is all-natural skincare, and we strive to use this tool to elevate women to be a shining light in the world. 

      As a special thank you gift, Frownies would like to extend special discounts to our valuable customers. Click here for access to Frownies exclusive sales and special promotions by signing up for our Frownies Newsletter. 

      Check out Frownies Instagram highlights for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Frownies warehouse in Dayton, Ohio. 

      By: Dr. Megan C. Wright, PT, DPT 

      Megan C. Wright, PT, DPT is an authority in health and wellness content with over ten years of clinical experience as well as a freelance health writer. Megan received a BA in English from the University of Virginia and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Marymount University. Megan lives outside Richmond, Virginia with her husband and two young boys.