Making Brit + Co SF, Part 1: DIY Gift Tags, Beanies, and Snowflakes, Oh My!
If you’ve been following us these last few weeks, then you’ve probably heard about our first ever pop-up shop! Timed for holiday shopping season, Brit + Co SF is a new type of retail experience designed by all of us here at Brit + Co as a destination where you can both make and shop, all under one roof. The holiday installment of Brit + Co SF closed on December 20th, but we’ll be reopening for more winter wonders in January — stay tuned.
: First up, we had to let it snow!sent over a whole bunch of their awesome wooden snowflakes, and we set up a station for people to paint their own. Can’t wait to see some photos of these very snowflakes popping up on Instagram over the holidays.
: For a little style action, we partnered withto create a “trick out your beanie” Make Station. There were tons of beanies, and we stocked up on studs, beads, rhinestones, felt letters, and other goodies for customizing your own. This station was inspired by our very own post on 5 ways to update your beanies (in 5 minutes or less).
: Next, we teamed up withto make a totally tricked out DIY gift wrap station, perfect for wrapping gifts that you buy in the shop part of Brit + Co SF. Armed with all sorts of colorful gift wrap, yarn, ribbon, and, of course, washi tape, folks turned around some beautifully wrapped gifts.
: That’s right.has really stepped it up in the label maker department. You can actually PRINT your own custom ribbon. How cool is that?!
: Who doesn’t love a unique gift tag? We provided wooden tags and the folks atsent over paint pens and glitter glue galore! Naturally, I couldn’t resist making a glittery gift tag for my brand new puppy, Turkey! ;)
Paint Your Own Nutcracker: And finally, we teamed up with Lowe’s to create one more DIY station for visitors to make their very own nutcrackers. We loved seeing all the bright colors and unusual patterns people came up with.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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