The Story of ChatStix 


ChatStix was born in Costa Rica.

We are a family of five from Boston who moved to Costa Rica for two years (with our puppy and duffle bags full of stuff we didn't need). 

One day, we came home early from school with some friends and found our mom sitting at the kitchen table surrounded by colorful craft sticks. She was preparing to teach an English lesson to our neighbors by writing opposite words on the sticks. As usual, she asked us about our day. As usual, we replied something like:

“Fine. Good. Boring. Nothing.”

As mom was packing up the sticks, she suddenly had an idea. She asked us to pick a stick and share a story connecting one of the words from the sticks to anything about our day. It actually was fun and way better than her typical questions.

We were inspired to make our own. We decided on 52 words on 26 sticks. Instead of opposites, we wrote two words on each stick for each letter of the alphabet ... Easy / Embarrassing, Grateful / Gross, and dozens more.

We called them ChatStix. 

We kept them in a container on the table and for the next few months, we all picked a random stick and told a story about our day.  Our friends would come over and say things like: “I wish we did this did this … You guys should totally sell these.” 

We returned home to Boston and with help from The Brookline Makery, we made lots of prototypes for other families to try. The feedback was amazing and inspired us to take our homemade project to the next level. 

After almost two years of working to perfect the final product, ChatStix is finally ready to be shared.

We are so grateful to our friends, family, local business owners, talented artists, and especially our friends from Down Under, for helping us get ChatStix from our kitchen table in Costa Rica to homes everywhere.

We really hope you enjoy the stories they'll inspire and welcome your feedback and ideas.

Join us on our mission to get ChatStix on every family table in the US.

xoxo The Whole ChatStix Family