COSTA MESA — Like most people, Shannon Stoveken wasn't thrilled by the prospect of having to make a trip to the post office last week to mail off a holiday package, especially because she would have to pay extra to ship it internationally to London.
Then it hit her: She wasn't just filling an order for a product from her Sexy and Sober clothing and accessory line; her product was going to be someone's Christmas present all the way across "the Pond" in Europe.
"It was incredible," Stoveken said of her first sale to a customer from the United Kingdom. Although the line, which features the proud announcement of Sexy and Sober had gathered a small Canadian following, not too many orders had come from overseas.
Stoveken, a Newport Beach native who's been sober since 2006 after a long battle with alcoholism, created the line to try to change the stigma associated with recovering addicts, she said.