"A Basket Case", located in Exton, PA, is a woman-owned business that provides unique, personal gifts. Cheryl Bode, the owner and founder, was employed for over 20 years as a corporate executive traveling for business on a regular basis. When her mother needed care and came to live with her and her husband, Cheryl wanted to find a job that let her stay close to home. Cheryl’s husband suggested she visit a bookstore and buy a book on starting your own home business. That very evening Cheryl called a local book store and asked if they had any books on starting a business from home. The book store had only one book, How to Start Your Own Gift Basket Business. While reading the book, Cheryl thought of her recent frustration when searching for a coffee basket for a friend and realized that unique gifts were just not available. When she mentioned the idea to her husband he blurted out “A Basket Case” and the business found a name.
That was twelve years ago. Today “A Basket Case” is a successful business that continues to grow through “word of mouth” advertising. Catering to large Philadelphia hotels, corporate clients and individuals, Cheryl and her team use imagination and ingenuity in their creations. “We’re not just baskets and we’re not just food” says Cheryl. “I attend gift shows to keep up on what’s new out there. I test everything myself before using it for clients and I’m not easily satisfied.”
“About 80% of our business comes from the corporate sector. We ship gifts all over the world”. A Basket Case is different from other gift companies, since they create each gift specifically for the recipient. Beginning with the needs of their clients, Cheryl and her team come up with a unique idea, find the ingredients, assemble the gifts, package, and ship or deliver the gifts out all from their office in Exton, PA.
It’s hard to describe everything A Basket Case provides. Weddings or any special occasion centerpieces and favors, corporate awards, gifts or events, individual consumer orders for that special gift, you name it and they will provide it. Their clients are so satisfied that the business keeps growing. Where else can you go to order a special gift that’s unique to the recipient? “We have 2 goals, the first is that our gifts are so special that the person receiving the gift doesn’t want to open it because it looks so good and the second goal is that the sender thinks “is that all it costs?”. To sum it up, A Basket Case delivers unique gifts with exceptional quality at an affordable price.