PROJECT SPOTLIGHTING

As the world changes around us, it's getting more and more important to shop local and have art and artists in your community. As a small business owner I see the impact of 'shopping small' every day, and it makes me proud to be in such a great community. Thanks to Instagram, I can showcase the local talent of our employees and neighbors, which will highlight the impact you all have made on me, our team and our community. I am are calling this series “Spotlighting”. I am the first entry, hope you enjoy and thank you for your continued support.


ESTABLISH SPOTLIGHT
This is me. I'm a doer. You'll usually find me in the middle of at least four projects at the same time, but that's just because I'm interested in most creative fields and can't commit to just one without the next idea popping into my head. I have a pretty dry & sarcastic sense of humor, which is sometimes a fault, but sometimes can break the ice. There's no way I could have gotten to where I am without the help of the people who surround me. I feel like I've been crowd-surfing at a really long, crazy concert.


ESTABLISH SPOTLIGHT his is Sami. She rocks, literally. In addition to being our longest employee, Sami has been pursuing her career in the music industry. Sami works as a producer & engineer at Tiny Telephone Recording and is a badass bassist in the band @theshesmusic . Sami is one of the busiest people I know (besides Hope who you will meet later), but still makes time to come hang with us and treat people with kindness. She is the sweetest and coolest girl who we’ve had the pleasure to see turn into a woman. And on top of all that, she laughs at all our dumb jokes. 

ESTABLISH SPOTLIGHT
his is Sami. She rocks, literally. In addition to being our longest employee, Sami has been pursuing her career in the music industry. Sami works as a producer & engineer at Tiny Telephone Recording and is a badass bassist in the band @theshesmusic . Sami is one of the busiest people I know (besides Hope who you will meet later), but still makes time to come hang with us and treat people with kindness. She is the sweetest and coolest girl who we’ve had the pleasure to see turn into a woman. And on top of all that, she laughs at all our dumb jokes. 


ESTABLISH SPOTLIGHT
This is Casey. Casey likes to get her hands dirty, and more recently, dyed. Casey owns her own floral & garden design business @secondnaturecreations . In addition to her own business, Casey creates beautiful things for us to sell in shop like hand dyed macrame, plant designs, window displays and is great at styling the shop. Casey is not a literal rock star like Sami, but she is a rock on our team. Casey is a constant inspiration in her floral work, her art, and in her way of life. She's a hugger, she's an out of the box thinker, a listener and most importantly she is funny sometimes. 


ESTABLISH SPOTLIGHT This is Ali. Ali is like an aphrodisiac - she makes you want to be around her. Ali studied fashion design at CCA and soon after she jumped on board at Establish. Ali has been the first person to push me to make the shop reach its full potential. She has accelerated our online shop, events, workshops and all around sales, while also managing to be late to almost every shift. She has even taught each of us a few things about retail and just life in general. She has created her own line of clothing that she sells in shop and she is one of my style muses. Ali is one of those ladies you can crack a joke with or about, and she handles it. But we always hope she knows we love her.

ESTABLISH SPOTLIGHT
This is Ali. Ali is like an aphrodisiac - she makes you want to be around her. Ali studied fashion design at CCA and soon after she jumped on board at Establish. Ali has been the first person to push me to make the shop reach its full potential. She has accelerated our online shop, events, workshops and all around sales, while also managing to be late to almost every shift. She has even taught each of us a few things about retail and just life in general. She has created her own line of clothing that she sells in shop and she is one of my style muses. Ali is one of those ladies you can crack a joke with or about, and she handles it. But we always hope she knows we love her.


ESTABLISH SPOTLIGHT This is Hope. Hope blows my mind. Currently Hope is pursuing a career as a firefighter, is already an EMT, and is a great (and practicing) dancer. She is an overachiever, in every sort of way. When she comes to work, she is constantly working. Those of you who have employees know how difficult this type of work ethic is to find in a human. She’s completely OCD, for example she checked all these paragraphs for proper grammar & punctuation, which also leads me to believe she may have trust issues. She has become an indispensable employee and friend. She is honest, trustworthy, optimistic and a jokester. Most of all she is a dedicated and caring person, one might say a cheerleader for the shop (without the sweet outfit), and I am so lucky she is in my life.  

ESTABLISH SPOTLIGHT
This is Hope. Hope blows my mind. Currently Hope is pursuing a career as a firefighter, is already an EMT, and is a great (and practicing) dancer. She is an overachiever, in every sort of way. When she comes to work, she is constantly working. Those of you who have employees know how difficult this type of work ethic is to find in a human. She’s completely OCD, for example she checked all these paragraphs for proper grammar & punctuation, which also leads me to believe she may have trust issues. She has become an indispensable employee and friend. She is honest, trustworthy, optimistic and a jokester. Most of all she is a dedicated and caring person, one might say a cheerleader for the shop (without the sweet outfit), and I am so lucky she is in my life.  


ESTABLISH SPOTLIGHTING This is Sara. Sara is a sparkle. Sara is one of the most amazing artists I know. Not only is she amazing at what she creates, but she has consistently encouraged me to push myself to be my best and to try new outlets in art and life. Even when I create something so ugly, she will find something positive to say about it. This quality is something I wish I had, and constantly try to gain, because the only thing that comes from saying something positive about someone’s creation is more creations from that person, and that makes us all sparkle. Sara is why Establish is open, and why Establish is still open. She continually picks me up when I am down, tells me to take a break and not feel bad about it, and she is a constant inspiration – Sara is like a walking pinterest. She is dry and sarcastic and at the same time soft and loving – making her the best friend for me. Because of all these things (and more), Sara has become a sister to me and my family, and am so excited to see where our crazy creations will lead us.

ESTABLISH SPOTLIGHTING
This is Sara. Sara is a sparkle. Sara is one of the most amazing artists I know. Not only is she amazing at what she creates, but she has consistently encouraged me to push myself to be my best and to try new outlets in art and life. Even when I create something so ugly, she will find something positive to say about it. This quality is something I wish I had, and constantly try to gain, because the only thing that comes from saying something positive about someone’s creation is more creations from that person, and that makes us all sparkle. Sara is why Establish is open, and why Establish is still open. She continually picks me up when I am down, tells me to take a break and not feel bad about it, and she is a constant inspiration – Sara is like a walking pinterest. She is dry and sarcastic and at the same time soft and loving – making her the best friend for me. Because of all these things (and more), Sara has become a sister to me and my family, and am so excited to see where our crazy creations will lead us.