Welcome to part one of our "More Than Desks" series.
While the physical space and desks are a very important part of coworking, what we love even more is the community that has flourished within the space. We'll be highlighting the amazing things that Cowork Btown members have been doing at Cowork Btown and in the larger Bloomington community.
Let's learn about Skirt & Satchel and the cofounders Andy McManis and Lynzy Finnegan!
1. So, what IS a pop up?
Andy - Pop-Up shops are pretty cool. They're a short term retail spot and the term is really a catch-all. Usually they're in an empty storefront, but they can really be anything. We actually wrote a blog post about why we love them: https://skirtandsatchelblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/what-is-a-pop-up/
2. How did Skirt & Satchel come to be?
Andy - I was really frustrated with the shopping experience and ended up opening a shop on a whim. I struggled to find designer clothes in my size that weren't mass produced. That's why we always make sure to vet our designers and carry an inclusive size range. (XS-3X in most items). We started in a brick + mortar store in 2013 in Phoenix Arizona, and last year we transitioned to online and started working out of Cowork. I also joined forces with a local IU grad, Lynzy, who wanted to do the same thing, make an amazing boutique for young professionals. Together we've done a couple of pop-up shops in town. Here's an article about our 1st one, a Glamping themed pop-up on Kirkwood: http://www.idsnews.com/article/2016/09/pop-up-store-opens-today-with-glamping-style
3. What drives your entrepreneurial spirit?
Lynzy - I would say my passion for creativity, innovation and new possibilities as well as the desire for independence and being my own boss, not punching a time clock.
Andy - I think everyone should be able to find a career that makes them happy. I was built to take risks and try new things. I have traveled to 17 countries, moved to a few states on my own, earned degrees in Global Business and Higher Education, and worked jobs from dressing celebrities to training student advisers from Dubai. Something clicked when I started a little shop in Phoenix and I knew it could be something that made an impact. Something special and I couldn't pass up the opportunity.
I want to fix the retail landscape and restore the authenticity to how we fill our homes. I'm also hoping to shatter that glass ceiling through entrepreneurship and help makers and designers do the same.
4. How can Bloomington folks support your work?
There are 3 things you can do to support us, and 2 of them are free.
- Like and share us on social media: https://www.facebook.com/skirtandsatchel/ This helps more than you know. Simply liking our posts when you see them helps us grow.
- Have an idea about a great place to host a pop-up shop, or someone to partner with? Let us know. If you see me around town, say hi. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
- Shop local first. www.skirtandsatchel.com - We hope you'll consider us whenever you are looking for something for yourself or someone else.
5. What's your favorite thing to do around town?
Andy - Being from the west coast, I love exploring what Bloomington has to offer. My husband and I have taken up mountain biking and whenever we're not sure what to do, we go to www.visitbloomington.com and get some ideas.
6. If you could be any animal in the world besides human, what animal would you be and why?
Andy - Hmm. I'd totally be a Sea Lion. (I reserve the right to change my mind whenever though). They are smart and they get to swim all day and hang out on islands.
I'd really like to give a special thanks to Cowork and the entire Bloomington Start-up Community. I cannot even begin to express how much I appreciate the overwhelming support we've had. Bloomington is quickly becoming home for me and we couldn't have done it without you.