Keeping Shop: A Brick and Mortar Podcast
About This Show
A podcast bringing you the stories behind the brick and mortar businesses in our communities. Each weekly episode focuses on the story behind a brick and mortar business by way of a candid chat with the owner. We talk about the broad picture stuff; their start up processes and the philosophies behind their companies, as well as the smaller, day to day realities of running a brick and mortar. New episodes every other Tuesday.Read more »
Most Recent Episode
Creating Your Own Blueprint - Sarah Van Dyke of Revel Craft Bar
Today I'm speaking with Sarah Van Dyke of Revel Craft Bar in downtown Madison Wisconsin. Sarah's concept is unique and smart and her space brings creativity into people's day in such a fun, effortless sort of way. You can actually walk into Revel, buy a drink and sit there with your friends and work on a craft project. From start to finish. Which is something that I'm sure as hell not doing at home. And these are not cheesy craft projects full of pompoms and potpourri. These are projects that you'll actually be proud of making. From mineral magnets to leather coozies, from hand-selected wines at the bar to top-notch private workshop offerings, the whole concept of Revel is so well executed.
Sarah and I chat about creating a blueprint for a business that hadn't been done before, hiring the right people to compliment your strengths and setting up systems for everything from sourcing materials to delegating tasks. She also shares a simple exercise that really helped her get clear on what type of business would be best for her. Sarah and I get real about delegating as control freaks and taking the pressure off of ourselves to do everything even when the tasks aren't in our wheelhouse. I enjoyed talking to Sarah so much. She's a wealth of knowledge and a really impressive business owner. I love this episode and you will too. Thanks for listening.
If you want to talk more about all this brick and mortar stuff in person, sign up for the Keeping Shop Retreat. The cost includes all meals, a shared bed space, a creativity-boosting craft project, a workshop with a business coach and unlimited access to me and your brick and mortar community. Expect long chats over delicious food with people that GET it. Pay the early-bird special price of $675 up until August 15th (after that the cost is $750). I really can't wait for this weekend and I hope you'll be joining me.Read more »