Category: Merchant Stories

Kellie Phelan, The Works: building community at Seattle’s DIY School

Kellie Phelan, The Works: building community at Seattle’s DIY School

When a stressful career-related health crash sent Kellie Phelan on the search for more meaningful day-to-day, she discovered that her passion for making things by hand fulfilled her local community’s...

/ March 3, 2021

Prana Chai: Building Big Chai Business from a Side Hustle

Mario loved chai so much he started a side hustle to share his love with the world. After years of dedication and difficulties, he was finally able to focus on...

/ January 28, 2021
Chicago School of Shoemaking_
Founding a school, Finding a community

Sara McIntosh: Founding a School, Finding a Community [Chicago School of Shoemaking]

Sara worked by herself as a one-woman shoemaking business. When she finally decided to pass on her skills, she founded a school instead – and found a community of warm...

/ January 27, 2021
Khadi London - Fabrics with
a difference

Khadi London: Fabrics with a difference

Kishore Shah always had an interest in changing the world for the better. Here’s how he found the power to make an impact by starting social enterprise, Khadi London. Here...

/ January 21, 2021
SCOOP Marketplace: balancing sustainability, business & family

Stephanie, SCOOP Marketplace: Balancing sustainability, business & family

Stephanie Lentz opened Scoop Marketplace in Seattle to ‘normalize zero-waste grocery shopping and teach people how to walk gently on the planet’, and to create a more financially independent future...

/ January 11, 2021
Hungry Nerds: Darren’s path from foodie to chef

Hungry Nerds: Darren’s path from foodie to chef

Darren’s passion for food led him to leave his radio job to focus on putting smiles on customers’ faces. Here is the story of Hungry Nerds. When Darren Wee started...

/ December 23, 2020
Cambodia Knits: Helping one stitch at a time

Cambodia Knits: Helping one stitch at a time

Monika wanted to make a direct impact on the impoverished villages around her in Cambodia. To make a difference, she started social enterprise Cambodia Knits. Here’s her Merchant Story. Originally...

/ December 16, 2020
Flying Squirrel - How Angelina Leong found herself

The Flying Squirrel: How Angelina Leong Found Herself While Managing Her Own Restaurant

Her staff treated her like an outsider because of her lack of experience. So Angelina trained herself to become a capable chef, a caring manager, and a respected boss. Here’s...

/ December 11, 2020
Cozy Glow_ Connecting with Causes

Cozy Glow: Connecting with Causes

Kristian’s job made him feel disconnected. Starting his own business let him put his energy into causes he believed in. Here’s the story of Cozy Glow. Kristian started making scented...

/ October 16, 2020
shie boon move academy parkour

MOVE Academy: How Shie Boon Started a Movement

Shie Boon dropped out thrice because he felt restricted by school. At 25, he took over a parkour school to deliver what he thought education should be. Here’s his Merchant...

/ August 17, 2020