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A dash of whimsy, a mix of bright & bold colors, & a splash of sarcasm is what makes Turtle's Soup!


We're a fun and whimisical gift and stationery brand based in the magical desert of Tucson, Arizona! We got our start in 2013 after partners Melanie, a
lifelong artist and lover of all things animal, and Christopher, an aspiring designer & entrepreneur with a knack for business, put their heads together
and came up with Turtle's Soup, the name born out of their shared love for turtles, puns, and general silliness.
As the artist for Turtle's Soup, many of Melanie's influences stem from her childhood passion for playfully catching all sorts of critters, from speedy lizards to slithering snakes, and slippery octopus while tidepooling in Mexico. Many of her inspiration is found in pattern design,
horticulture, and being surrounded by our beautiful desert landscape.
As the two have grown, so has Turtle's Soup. Now 7 years later in 2020, we've seen the company blossom from its roots as a small Etsy startup to an internationally recognized brand with over 500 retailers worldwide. Turtle's Soup has been featured in many publications including BuzzFeed, People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine, Business Insider, Salon, Refinery29, Huffington Post, and more!
Chris & Mel enjoy the company of their two cats, Luna and Shelby, Midnight the hamster and Torta, the redfoot tortoise. We also enjoy hiking, playing video games, hitting up local thrift stores, collecting and caring for plants, cooking together, and lounging by the pool.
Thank you for reading and we hope you have a blast checking out our line!

                  Melanie Hein                            

                  Co-Founder & Creative Director                            

Chris Moklak                    

Co-Founder & Head of Operations                        

Meet the Turtle Team!

Michaela P.

Photographer & Shipping Specialist

Stefany S.

Wholesale Liaison & Shipping Specialist