Today’s interview is with my good friend and client Meg Sutton, the owner of a shop called Belle & Union located in San Antonio. Meg opened up her first brick and mortar shop in July of 2018 after running her shop strictly online for years.
We talk about what it’s really like to open a brick and mortar store and how she even figured out how to open a retail shop, how and why she produces all of her products 100% in the U.S., imposter syndrome, why Meg stopped sharing her personal life on social media as well as why I stopped following the news. Yes, we get real deep in this episode and I’m excited for you to tune in!
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Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!
Day in the Life of Meg Sutton, Owner of Retail Shop Belle & Union
In today’s episode, you’ll find out:
- How Meg figured out how to open a retail shop.
- Misconceptions people have about what it’s really like to run a brick and mortar store.
- What lights her up the most about being a small shop owner.
- The struggles and sacrifices she’s made as a business owner.
- The process for producing products domestically.
- Advice she’d give to anyone who wants to open their own small brick and mortar shop.
- Imposter syndrome and how to fight it.
- Why Meg stopped sharing her personal life on social media.
- Why I stopped following the news.
It all started in 2012 with a relationship: a Southern art student and a Northern soldier fell in love along the sandy beaches of Tybee Island and the shady moss-draped oaks of Savannah, Georgia. Everything you’ll find at Belle & Union Co., is steeped in Southern hospitality, from the deepest grooves of our letterpress greeting cards to the very (literal) fiber of our signature tea towels: all proudly American made. We’ve got a soft spot for vintage American wit and wisdom and goods that tote a bit of a foodie twist. To us, nothing says home and comfort quite like the scents of Mawmaw’s kitchen; it’s the heart of the home and the memories made in it feed our souls.
Links to resources
- Day in the Life interview with Pastry Chef Sarah Bruggeman
- Day in the Life interview with Katie Hunt of Tradeshow Bootcamp
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