Category: Merchant Stories

Elsom Cellars –a winery built with passion

Jody, Elsom Cellars: a winery built with passion

Jody loved wine but had never really considered it as a career choice. So, before starting Seattle based Elsom Cellars, she built herself a successful career in the construction industry....

/ May 3, 2021
Bao Cyprus:
A Mission to Bring Cosmo-London to Nicosia

Bao Cyprus: A mission to bring cosmo-London to Nicosia

Andreas and Katerina Pyrishi missed London so much they decided to recreate their favourite restaurant in Nicosia, Cyprus. Here is the Merchant Story of Bao Cyprus  A cosmopolitan city like...

/ April 26, 2021
Mak Tok – Bringing Sambal to Sheffield

Bringing Sambal to Sheffield: Mak Tok’s successes in the UK

A saucy story – William Chew’s journey to starting Mak Tok in Sheffield with the ultimate goal of taking care of his family financially, took him through The Dragons’ Den...

/ April 19, 2021
Moving Beans Coffee: Three Individuals’ Quest To Make Your Morning Coffee Even More Eco-Friendly

Moving Beans Coffee: Three Individuals’ Quest To Make Your Morning Coffee Even More Eco-Friendly

Single-use coffee pods and capsule coffee machines have revolutionized the way we consume coffee. But with them, an exorbitant amount of waste is generated every year. At Moving Beans Coffee,...

/ April 16, 2021
Uphill Designs-crafting products with a human connection

Dan and Mal, Uphill Designs: crafting products with a human connection

Dan Sedlacek had a passion for making things. This, combined with his love for hiking and a desire to honor his grandmother’s memory, pushed him to leave his stable career...

/ March 29, 2021
Robyn Bradley, Handmade: working through anxiety as a business owner

Robyn Bradley, Handmade: working through anxiety as a business owner

Growing up with an engineer as a father, Robyn Bradley was encouraged to have an analytical mind. Robyn’s shop, Handmade in La Conner, Washington, is the result of a lifelong...

/ March 15, 2021
The Caffeine Experience: The Café Serving Up Second Chances To Ex-Cons

The Caffeine Experience: The Café Serving Up Second Chances To Ex-Cons

Singaporean social enterprise The Caffeine Experience is a home for ex-offenders, a place where ex-inmates are accepted despite their pasts. Its co-founder, Matthew Poh, who is an ex-convict, is helping...

/ March 8, 2021
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
Mario

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