About Us

Welcome to The Shop Guides. We're Bridget and Rhys, a husband and wife team who specialize in e-commerce business marketing and promotion. Together with our wonderful customers and fans we have created one of the largest and fastest growing shops of all time on Etsy (madisonstreetbeauty). We have been fortunate enough to have been the top selling shop out of every shop on the site over 50 times and were once the 4th top selling handmade shop of all time. We now spend our time helping other sellers grow their businesses full time.

Rhys' background is in social media consultancy and growth hacking which lead him to marketing products for businesses online. He created one of the fastest growing pages in Facebook history that grew to 5.2 million fans in just 10 days during the time Facebook first changed their layout. This was when Rhys noticed the power of social media and decided to learn how to harness it. Since then we have worked with many large international brands and there was a time we could not walk through the grocery store without seeing products we were working on that week.

When we started Madison Street Beauty on Etsy, Rhys naturally used these skills to promote it. Madison Street Beauty was started on a shoestring budget of just $150 to purchase the bare minimum of the raw materials we thought we needed and we built our line from just 5 eye shadows to nearly 1000 different items ranging from all manner of mineral cosmetics to lip balms and nail polishes. All of which were sold on Etsy, our website, wholesale accounts and affiliate division that we built and managed ourselves. In the early days of our cosmetics business we had more followers on Twitter than MAC, Urban Decay and Clinique combined and ranked in the top ten of all of twitter on several sites for beauty and fashion which lead to lots of exposure and sales. Every aspect of the business was run by just the two of us so we learned a lot of valuable skills that we now share with others.

My specialties are web design and e-commerce set up where I work mainly on creating websites for our clients or updating their current ones. I also specialize in social media marketing and set up and manage all of our social portals as well as those of our clients. Its very rewarding helping a business blossom on social media as it really is the easiest thing in the world. So many people don't know of the true potential of social media or the methods that can be used to drive thousands of potential buyers to their shops all for free. I also love graphic design and spend a lot of my time helping clients with cover photos for their social media and banners for their Etsy shop and websites.

We’re proud to be a big part of Etsy with managing many of the largest teams on the site helping 100,000's of our members daily as well as being one of the most followed shops on Etsy with Madison Street Beauty. We have created and still run some of the largest outlets on social media for Etsy members to use such as pages on Facebook and group boards on Pinterest that Etsy sellers can use to promote their businesses.

We recently ended the sale of our cosmetics temporarily due to the fact we were working more and more with other shop owners from all over the country helping them to achieve success. We are passionate about helping fellow entrepreneurs grow their small businesses so the time came where we had to reevaluate and decided to change things up and spent a lot of time traveling the country and speaking at various business groups and local Etsy team meetings. We are very passionate about helping others and showing them how to grow their businesses so please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions, we're always looking to network personally with other shop owners and help them grow their business.

Bridget & Rhys

You can visit Madison Street Beauty here: www.etsy.com/shop/MadisonStreetBeauty