12.11.2011

Vendor Spotlight | Certifikid

If I could pinpoint the exact moment in time that defined the future of my business, it would be the day I got a phone call from Jamie Ratner of Certifikid. Her creativity, support, and friendship has meant the world to me and to many local businesses and families. What makes Certifikid different from Groupon/Living Social? One word: Jamie. She answers every single email, talks to every customer, and was born and raised in the D.C. metro area. Her commitment to her customers and her community is not only remarkable, but refreshing in a world that constantly tries to put $$ first and people last. Besides being a local business trendsetter...she is a mom, a friend, a sister, a daughter, and a wife...so she completely understands what it is like to raise a family and still try to find time for yourself. She waits in line at Starbucks, lives for her family date night in downtown Bethesda, and loves a good deal. If you aren't signed up for their email alerts, be sure to hop on over because you are missing out...www.certifikid.com


Tell us a little bit about Certifikid? 
Certifikid is the leading website for families in the DC Area that offers daily deals geared to kids and parents. We try to give families the ability to create experiences with their kids they might never have had the opportunity to do or just might have never known about.

Where is home? 
I grew up in Montgomery County and currently live in Bethesda.

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?
Thailand - good food, weather and shopping

If not a daily deal business mogul, What would you have loved to be when you grew up?
I have a master degree in Security/criminal justice and wanted to work for the FBI

What was your inspiration for founding your business?
I was writing a blog daily that covered all the "finds" I had in the DC area (food & deals). It was just a hobby, but I loved it. As soon as I learned about Groupon and thought of the parent twist on the concept I found a way I could turn my hobby into a business!

Favorite flavor cupcake?
anything with buttercream I love

Favorite Bethesda restaurant?
Raku - the best part of my week is my Friday night Raku and half dozen cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Of course Brian, my husband comes first or he will kill me. He is my biggest supporter. I would have quit before day 1 if it was not for him. He is always the half full person.

What item/company do you wish you had invented/started?
Groupon! I can not believe I did not think of it since I was so into the concept of buying discounted gift certificates before they were even popular.

Which five words would your friends use to describe you? 
obsessive, thoughtful, unique

Who would play you in a film (movie) of your life?
Sarah Jessica Parker

Your favorite deal you have ever offered?
Why Dottie Millwater Photography of course since it is my only recognition of the past 2 years of my life!

Any exciting projects you are working on? 
Of course...TOP SECRET!