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Where We Come From

Welcome to Southpaw Express

It all began with a simple philosophy:

Offer Great Products,
         At Fair Prices,
             & Take Great Care of Our Customers.

You can find average products anywhere. When you come to Southpaw Express you will find distinctive products that lead their category in quality, produced by quality companies, and backed by our commitment to quality customer service.

As a small business, Southpaw Express values every customer, and every purchase you make. We welcome you to our virtual home, and welcome this opportunity to serve you.

The Southpaw Story

Southpaw Express was founded in 2005, when then 12-year old entrepreneur David Phillips decided to expand his business interests beyond his neighborhood pet care business.  As David discussed possible business ideas with his Father (and now partner) Tom Phillips, there sat on the table a Didgeridoonas Woolly Wine Cooler their good friends had brought back as a gift upon return from Australia.

The Phillips' had first used their Woolly Wine Cooler to help keep their wine chilled while attending an outdoor concert with friends on a 90+ degree evening in Washington, DC.  They were amazed with how the wine still held its chill after more than 4 hours ... with no ice or refrigeration. 

David wanted to offer unique, high quality products, backed by quality people ... the Didgeridoonas product family was a natural fit.  When Leigh & Barbi Hemming (founders of Didgeridoonas) found out a teenage entrepreneur wanted to sell their products in the US, they lent their full support.

Southpaw Express began with David selling products off the dining room table.  From those humble beginnings, Southpaw has expanded to offering the products at regional festivals & events, through a network of select Retail Partners, and now, making it possible for you to buy these terrific products online.

In the years since, David, Southpaw Express, and the Didgeridoonas product family have been featured at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, and on the PBS Television series BizKid$.

So how did we get our name?

David's other great passion is baseball, where he is a left-handed Pitcher -- a southpaw.  Didgeridoonas hails from Australia -- in the southern hemisphere.  David started the business with the proceeds from his pet care business -- caring for people with paws. Hence: Southpaw.

Hall of Fame Pitcher Nolan Ryan had his Ryan Express -- the fastest of fastballs.  The hallmark for reliability in service is Federal Express.  David wanted the name of his business to emphasize his commitment to providing the best in customer service. Hence: Express.

That is how Southpaw Express was born.  Now that you know where we came from, we hope you will take a moment to preview our wonderful family of products. We welcome the opportunity to serve you.

With our warmest (and coolest) wishes,

David & Tom Phillips 
Southpaw Express