Re-reading all the above posts has got me wondering, again, about my name...
What do you think of Dances With Teddy Bears?
It doesn't fit the criteria at all.
I used to be Walks With Birds, when I did birding workshops and seminars. I loved the name because it was so unusual, and it worked.
When I started making bears I quick decided on Walks With Bears, just to have a name, like for TT. Then Walks With Teddy Bears. I didn't like either. So I decided on Dances With Teddy Bears. Well, things evolved and I'm now stepping into the internet arena, though slowly.
Should I change my name, while I'm still relatively unknown? My current name doesn't imply I make bears, only dance with them! It's also kinda long.
Like Jeanne I went through the gamut of names, and all were already taken . So, so far, I've stayed with Dances.
Any input would truly be appreciated.
I don't think you need to imply that you make bears in your name, just the word bear. I really like Walks With Bears, I actually love that name. I also think Dances With Bears is a wonderful name, if you want to shorten the name you use.
ps when I list my bears on ebay I use my name J. Livingston on the 1st line, I buy a second line and use Desertmountainbear. That way both names are out there. I have always done it that way.
I'm a dog groomer too. :)
Small world. :)
I too purchased a grooming salon that had been in business for 25 years when I bought it. I too didn't want to change the name.
It was the "Clip Joint" in Manhattan Beach California. The name was well known throughout the beach cities area.
However my first week working there I had at least 6 people come in and ask me if I sold Marijuana, pot!!! I was floored!!
I guess there were some folks that thought I was just a front to sell pot and had little to do with actual dog grooming.
When I called the previous owner about it she laughed and said to me "I was wondering how long it would take before you called me!"
I went through the same thing deciding on a name but Raewyn's Bears - no one would remember how to spell that like Daphne I get all sorts of versions and I can be sensitive to that after the millionth time someone miss pronounces my name so I went for where I live The estate my house is in is called Woodbury Park and I associated wood and bury (berry) as beary things? Strange how my head works at times .