Hong Kong Betty
This is an image of my trademarked logo. I wanted to start a business selling items with this logo on them. I had T-shirts made but have not made a real attempt to sell these yet. Why not? Mainly because I’m scared. Scared of what? Who knows? Rejection? Maybe. Maybe I have very low self esteem. I find it easier to sell other people’s stuff than my own. My first born has the same problem.
How did I come up with Hong Kong Betty? I didn’t come up with the name by myself. My Aunt Betty, who lives in Michigan, wanted to open a new Chinese restaurant in Ann Arbor. My brother and I were sitting in a restaurant in New York, trying to think of names for her new restaurant. We threw out a few ideas. We didn’t want her to name it with the traditional lame names like Chop Suey, Tea Garden or Panda Express (I might be jealous of the last name there).
Aunt Betty already had a restaurant in Belleville called “China King.” She said she came up with that name when she saw Burger King and thought why not drop the “Burger” and replace it with “China.” It worked and she was very successful. She was also the only Chinese restaurant in town at the time, so who knows what difference the name made.
Have you ever noticed that no matter what kind of town it is, there is always a Chinese restaurant? This is true in other countries as well. I wanted to do a documentary called “Chop Suey” to take a look at this phenomenon. There was once a Chinese guy who tried to shoot someone in the midwest and the news report made sure to show the Chinese restaurant his parents owned in town.
Aunt Betty is always doodling Chinese girls, so we thought why not put up one of these doodles as the image for the restaurant and then my brother blurted out, “Hong Kong Betty” and we both loved it. Aunt Betty never opened that restaurant so she didn’t use the name.
I always loved the name so I kept thinking of how I could use it. My husband drew a picture of what he thought Hong Kong Betty would look like. She basically looked like a Chinese prostitute with a cigarette hanging from her lip. I liked it but thought the cigarette was a bit much and dropped that. I asked a friend who does Chinese calligraphy to help me write out letters using Chinese calligraphy strokes. I loved what he came up with.
Being a lawyer, I spent money on another lawyer to trademark the name for me. Remember the saying, a doctor who treats himself, has a fool for a patient. I don’t think that’s the exact saying but you know what I’m trying to get at. I also don’t practice anymore so I’m rusty.
Whenever friends asks if they can use me as their lawyer, I agree and say, “you get what you paid for.” If someone I meet (and it’s usually someone I don’t know) asks for a discount, I say, “you get the friend discount, which is 10% above my normal fee.” Because you know they are going to be a pain in the a$$. This usually makes them think twice.
So where am I at with Hong Kong Betty? I’m having a friend help me set up a Facebook account. I started one but never finished it. I’m not very savvy with this internet thing. It took me almost a year to really start this blog. I will also set up an Etsy account to sell the T-shirts, along with my children’s T-shirts.
Stay tuned on this and I will update you as soon as I set these shops up.