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Hi there! We're Derk and Frederique Heesen, owners of Barium, twins, best friends, and firework lovers. What started as a hobby five years ago has turned into an actual e-commerce company, with more than 10.000 happy customers!
You often read stories online about entrepreneurs who thought of a multi-million dollar business idea while taking a shower or doing groceries. Unfortunately, that wasn't us. Or you hear one of those "feel good" stories about a couple of best friends starting their own business together. We're going to warn you - this is going to be one of those stories. Sorry!
We started as just two 15-year-old kids who were bored after class and wanted something more to do than just go to the movies. We quickly realized that there wasn't a Dutch website yet that offered everything you needed to have a successful New Year's Eve. So we ended up investing all of our $200 in savings to try and change the firework industry, and all of a sudden Barium was created.
Even though we don't have any special twin powers (we wish!), we do complement each other perfectly. Growing up, Derk used to be in charge of the math homework and Frederique the language homework - this still hasn't changed much. Derk is not only in charge of the financial side of the business, but is also the real firework expert and can tell you everything you need to know about the different fuses we offer, and Frederique is in charge of the creative side of the business. Together, we do our best everday to improve our products, service, and overall brand experience.
Since the beginning, our primary goal of the company has been to change the negative stigma that is often associated with fireworks, as well as to educate everybody about safely using fireworks. We genuinely hope that our products give you just as much joy as they give us, and hopefully together we can change the image of the firework industry. Because after all, pyro is not a crime.