Hi Hart Beat. I’m so excited today to tell you about the Be a Boss event that I was lucky enough to attend this past weekend. The organizers behind the event are fellow Greenpoint bloggers and budding lady entrepreneurs Jenna Saraco and Nicole Steriovski who run the very successful project Local Creative. They were joined by the food centered blog Taste the Style to host about forty like minded women for an afternoon panel and party.
The event was held in Sky Gallery, a beautiful, open event space in Gowanus, Brooklyn who’s space is one of those places that you usually only see on Instagrams of fancy lifestyle bloggers. Minimally decorated, with a backyard space, is hosting Local Creative this entire month of June for different events, pop-up shops and co-working space.
Be a Boss brought together two panels of women who work in food and fashion. It was amazing with lots of great advice for a budding blogger like yours truly but what I found the most inspiring was the second panel where the discussion was centered on opening and owning your own retail concept store. Caroline Ventura, owner of Calliope, Hannah Dilworth, owner of Concrete + Water and Kai Avent-deLeon, owner of Sincerely, Tommy all shared their successes and failures in opening their own businesses.
My dream job since graduating college has been to own my own store and consulting business. I’ve managed stores before so I think I would be good and that and I’ve done research on people like Sam Ovens to get a head start on my consulting business before it even exists! Now that I’m with Pedro, it’s something that we talk about starting together and even though it sounds so wonderful, it’s hard to think about how to actually start the endeavor. None of the business represented have been opened for more than a year and after working around so many longtime artists at Artists & Fleas close up shop and working for Dalaga right as the store closed after being in Greenpoint for eight years, I didn’t pick up much advice for actually being long term successful in the business. It was completely inspiring though to hear from so many young women who are just a picking up and taking the world by storm. If anything that’s the kind of thing I want to see more of and honestly, want to join in on. Who knows, Hart Beat, maybe in another year or two you can come visit me in person to talk about all this stuff that lives on the blog now.
Top three photos are mine and the bottom photo comes via Local Creative.