1. What made you decide to open up your open shop?
My love for good gifting; my passion for room design; and my entrepreneurial side, of course. My husband and I had always wanted to have our own business and owning my own shop was a dream, one that we spoke about almost casually until, one day, we got serious. Business plan, advice from family, quitting my job serious! We decided that now more than ever was the best time to go for it – and it has worked out exactly as planned!
2. What is your favourite thing about doing what you do?
All of it. The people – my talented and beautifully artistic makers; my supportive customers who are as excited as I am when new items are out on the floor; the other business owners and boss ladies I’ve met along the way! I have learned so much in such a short period of time and am so grateful for this rad new adventure I get to experience with my partner in crime: my husband.
3. What challenges do you face?
Probably the fact that there is so much to do and only one of me to do it! It is so great to be busy, but I look forward to the day when we can add to our little team so that I can focus on a more efficient work day as well as other areas of opportunity and growth, like our website (which I would call a work in progress)!
4. What is your one advice for people who want to chase their dreams?
Make a plan! If you want to get serious, write it down. Your advisors, mentors, investors or whoever you are lucky enough to have support from will be able to take you seriously and understand your vision if it is down on paper and you’ve done the research to make it happen. Goals are always more achievable when listed out – and, I can’t be the only one to get the utmost satisfaction from checking a task (big or small) off my do-to list….can I? :)
6. What is your fave quote?
It’s hard to choose just one! But, this one is so special to me because it resonates with me now and over the last year:
What if I fall?
Oh, but my darling,
What if you fly?
So, this Christmas make sure to shop local! When you shop local you are
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