Awestomy started as an idea and grew into a business, as most companies do. Habitual dreamers, Jason and Jessica, have talked many times about starting their own business but nothing ever seemed to stick. That is until his colon surgeon stuck an ostomy pouch over his brand new stoma.
That’s when life began to change and the founders began to adapt to their new life as ‘ the ostomate’ and ‘the caretaker.’ Both creative in their own right, Jessica an artist and graphic designer and Jason a web and user interface designer, became the power duo behind Awestomy! Like any normal couple, they fired up their laptops on Independence Day and began to create logos, garment designs and web pages.
Did they ever think they’d find themselves here? Nope, never. Each one has always struggled with finding that one “passion” for them to dedicate their lives to. Providing help and comfort to the ostomy community through fashionable ostomy apparel with an attitude is it. Jessica gets a chance to devote all her skills to a worthy cause, and Jason finds himself under a pile of women’s undergarments (dreams are coming true).
“We began Awestomy! on the premise that we wanted to make garments for people with as much humor, sarcasm and love as we both have for each other. We wanted our customer to feel confident and comfortable to just be themselves in any situation. The main theme to our business would be to start something that matters and that will make a difference to someone.”
-Co-Founder, Jessica Demaree
Today, they have tons of ideas in production and development and are very excited about getting involved in the ostomy community worldwide.
Who would play you in a movie of your life?
People say I look like Melissa Joan Hart but she’s not a great actress so I’m going for Kristen Stewart.
What could you do on David Letterman’s stupid human tricks?
I’m pretty badass with a hula hoop.
What fictional character would you most like to eat?
Stay-Puff Marshmellow Man… He was on Ghostbusters. It counts!
What can most people do that you cannot?
Wear a bump-it. I just can’t handle that much hair height.
How many five-year-olds could you take in a fight?
What body part do you wash first?
Are we allowed to say twig & berries on the interwebs? Since my colostomy surgery it’s the southwest quadrant of my upper body.
Have you ever been on two dates in one night?
As if I’ve ever been that cool. I’d be too stressed to handle it. Besides, my heart belongs to the lady above.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve done while driving?
Sang Engelbert Humperdink.
Do you scrunch or fold your toilet paper?
Scrunch all the way, I’m not obsessive compulsive enough to be organized in the bathroom.
What is your favorite dance move?
You mean I have to pick just one? I have such a wide breadth of moves that thrill depending on the mood. This is why I put together my dancing résumé.