Archives for January 2014

Stork Stories with Janice Wilke of Front Yard Friends ~ Chesapeake, Virginia ~ Stork Yard Sign Birth Announcements

We’re beginning the New Year with a fun Stork Stories interview.  Janice Wilke is the proud owner of Front Yard Friends in Chesapeake, VA. Janice really knows her stuff and there isn’t anything she hasn’t experienced after 11 years in the lawn greetings business! She and her family have worked very hard to build a busy and successful business. Front Yard Friends serves the greater Tidewater area of Virginia, which includes Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News and Hampton Virginia as well as Moyock, North Carolina.

Let’s hear from Janice:

Stork Lady (SL):  Front Yard Friends has been in operation since 2003 and is truly a family affair. Tell us a little about your family.

Janice: My son & daughter began to work with me in FYF when they were in high school. They’ve since graduated from college and are still active in the business. My son recently married and his wife came on board when they were dating.  My mom also lives with us and has helped in more ways than I can count.

SL: Why did you decide to start a home based business?

Janice: It allowed me the flexibility to be with my children when they needed me, and I truly enjoy working for myself.   

SL: What made you decide on stork signs & other lawn greetings as your home business versus other opportunities?

Janice: My husband rented a stork for me when our babies were born. He later surprised me with a lawn greeting for my birthday. I had been on the receiving end of all the fun and wanted to offer it to others to enjoy.

Front Yard Friends
Stork Rental Service
Chesapeake, VA

SL: What do you like most about being in this business? What is most rewarding?

Janice: Making people happy by having a small part in a special day or occasion. I especially love to get phone calls from satisfied customers thanking us for making them feel special.

Being successful in my own business is very satisfying. Providing a service that leaves a positive impact on people is its own reward.  

SL: What made you choose the Stork Lady opportunity over the other stork signs that are available?

Janice: At first we tried designing our own stork. It worked for a while, but we couldn’t seem to capture the professionalism and polish that Stork Lady brings to our business. Before we became a partner we had been admiring the Stork Lady signs from afar. When we decided to up our game, getting our signs from Stork Lady  was an easy decision to make.

SL: What different kinds of marketing have worked for you?

Janice: Twenty years ago there were newspaper ads and yellow page ads. But after a while we realized our best advertising is our displays because having them seen in yards all over the Tidewater area creates great word of mouth advertising. We no longer pay to advertise. However, having a top-ranked website is key to a successful business in today’s world.

SL: How have you used the income generated in your business?  

Janice: It has helped our children’s educations and in general has improved the quality of our lives.  We have been very blessed in this business.

SL: What personal qualities does a person need to be successful in this business?

Janice: A person has to be extremely self-motivated.

SL: What advice would you give someone who is looking for an affordable home business opportunity?

Janice: Do your homework! Any home based business will require time and hard work to become established and successful. And it may sound easier than it will be. Fortunately, in this business there is plenty of help out there from people more than willing to help. That’s not always true in other businesses. Going with the Stork Lady opportunity will help you get started and on the right track.  Front Yard Friends has branched out in many ways in the past 11 years. We provide great deals on Lawn Greeting start up packages to help people trying to break into the business. We offer a lot of variety, as well as many different themes to celebrate all occasions. Please check out our Front Yard Friends website for examples of some of the displays we offer.  However, our website gallery isn’t complete. Be sure to contact us for a complete listing. And be sure to check out the website of our second company,  Sweet-Greetings. The signs we offer through Sweet-Greetings are colorful, fun and popular! The gallery on our Sweet-Greetings website is complete.

Front Yard Friends
Lawn Greetings Service
Chesapeake, VA

The Wilke Family
Front Yard Friends
Lawn Greetings Service
Chesapeake, VA







Sweet-Greetings Football Player

Sweet-Greetings Mermaid


Des Moines, IA Stork Rental Service ~ Urban Storks ~ Yard Sign Birth Announcements ~ Danielle Malone


We’re excited to welcome Danielle Malone of Urban Storks  to the Stork Lady family.  Danielle offers 6-foot stork sign rentals to new parents, grandparents and everyone who is celebrating the birth of a new baby in the greater Des Moines, IA area.  Danielle was inspired to open a stork yard sign rental company after the birth of her fourth child.  She had received stork yard signs after the birth of each child, but the stork sign in her yard after the birth of her youngest son, Crosby, sparked the idea to have a local company to provide this service to new parents.  She appreciates the flexible schedule and that she is able to work from home with her 15-month old.  Danielle also loves to be involved with new families in this way because babies are such a blessing!

Urban Storks
Stork Rental Service
Des Moines, IA

I asked Danielle to share why she chose to become a partner of the Stork Lady and she said, “I chose the Stork Lady business opportunity because I feel they are the cutest (and best quality) signs out there. After my first conversation with the Stork Lady, I knew I was making the right decision for my business. From the beginning, she provided a great deal of valuable information and has continued to be forthcoming with what has proven successful for her business over the years. She loves the business and believes in it! It has been a great experience so far and I’m looking forward to my business continuing to grow.”

Urban Storks offers the cutest storks in all of Polk, Story, Warren, Dallas and Jasper counties, Iowa.  Urban Storks proudly serves Adel, Alleman, Altoona, Ames, Ankeny, Berwick, Bondurant, Booneville, Carlisle, Clive, Cumming, Dallas Center, Des Moines, Elkhart, Granger, Grimes, Huxley, Indianola, Johnston, Madrid, Martensdale, Minburn, Mitchellville, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Prole, Runnells, Sheldahl, Slater, Urbandale, Van Meter, Waukee, West Des Moines, and Woodward, Iowa IA.

Please call 515-975-0476 to rent a stork sign to celebrate the birth of a special baby in the greater Des Moines, IA area. Please check out Urban Stork’s   page and be sure to “like it” so you can watch their business grow. Be sure to  also check out Urban Storks on Etsy.   In her online shop Danielle specialize in fun baby body suits, bibs and t-shirts for the family, as well as  vinyl signs and lettering for walls, vehicles, etc.

Urban Storks on Etsy


Urban Storks on Etsy



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