Building A Business from Scratch as An Industry Outsider

building a business from scratch as industry outsider - Danielle Vogel

Danielle Vogel is the founder of Glen’s Garden Market. Glen’s is not your average grocery store. Almost all of what they sell are locally sourced. And they’re on a mission to combat climate change. In her pre-entrepreneur life, Danielle was a successful lawyer. She started Glen’s from scratch, with no retail or food business experience. And at the early stage of the company, there were quite a few occasions when she almost thought she couldn’t make it. It’s been quite a journey, and in this episode, Danielle talks about the length she had to travel to make the impossible happen, what to do when your business is not gaining traction, and how to survive those dark moments of intense stress as an entrepreneur.
 
 

“I remember sitting here, 3 months in. It’s another 20 hr day. And again we do no sales. It’s not just I don’t get paid if we don’t do well. My house is on the line! It’s a sense of urgency that cannot be overstated.”

– Danielle Vogel

 
 
 


Glen’s Garden Market

2001 S Street NW,
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588 5698

1924 8th Street NW,
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 939 2839


Reference

EagleBank

Restaurant Man

Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business

Soundwise: Learn on the Go

From Drum Teacher to Successful Music Studio Owner

Episode 9

My wonderful guest on the show today, Miles Ryan, started his business by teaching drum lessons in his living room with a make-shift website. He is now the proud owner of 7DrumCity, an amazing music studio in central DC and is inspiring people to live a creative and balanced life every day.

Miles will talk about how to find your niche by experimenting with ideas, the importance of execution, what it’s like to live a minimalist lifestyle and how that’s helped him to uncover what’s really important in life.

Just do it. That in itself sets you apart. If you wait till you’re a master, you’ll be dead.

– Miles Ryan

 


7DrumCity

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1506 North Capitol Street NW
Washington, DC 20002

Hours: Mon – Fri: 1pm – 10:00pm | Sat – Sun: 10am – 8pm

Reference

Weebly
DC Space Finder
Four Hour Work Week
E-Myth Revisited 
Art of the Start
Traction
Decisive
Vagabonding

How to Build A Successful Business Offering A Creative Experience

how to build a business offering a creative experience

Today on the show I interview Michael Clements, who is the founder and CEO of ArtJamz, an art studio in DC that makes a viable business out of inspiring people to be artistic. In this interview, Michael talks about how he bootstrapped the business with very little capital, how he created media buzz for ArtJamz and grew the business from nothing, and how to organize and sell tickets for your events when you have no sponsors and no customers.

It’s better to be in high-traffic locations and pay more rent than to pay cheaper rent at a place that’s out of the way. A lot of the nebulous marketing questions become obsolete when you’re in a really good location.”

– Michael Clements

 


ArtJamz

Locations:

Dupont Studio

1728 Conneticut Ave NWWashington, DC 20009

(202) 629-3780 | 

Our arty split level 2,000 sq ft studio is located in the heart of bustling and historic Dupont Circle in the Nation’s Capital just minutes north of the metro. Dining and art gallery options abound, so make a night of it! Tour studio.

Mon: Closed

Tues: 6:30PM – 10:00PM

Wed: 6:30PM – 10:00PM

Thurs: 6:30PM – 10:00PM

Fri: 6:30PM – 11:00PM

Sat: 12:30PM – 11:00PM

Sun: 12:30PM – 8:00PM

Brookland Studio

716 Monroe Street NE, Studio 24Washington, DC 20017

(202) 558-9859 | 

Located in The Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market in up and coming Brookland NE, this 800 sq ft public art studio is surrounded by 26 other artist studios and plenty of dining options. Lots to explore! Located steps away from Brookland/CUA Metro Station.  Tour studio.

Mon: Closed

Tues: Closed

Wed: 6:30PM – 10:00PM

Thurs: 6:30PM – 10:00PM

Fri: 6:30PM – 11:00PM

Sat: 12:30PM – 11:00PM

Sun: 12:30PM – 8:00PM

ArtJamz Underground Studio

2105-B Crystal Plaza Arcade, Shops at 2100 Crystal DriveArlington, VA 22202

571-312-1285 | 

1,000 sq ft studio in Arlington, Virginia represents the newest version of our retail concept. Located in the heart of Crystal City’s vibrant Gallery Underground entertainment area with numerous dining options nearby. Conveniently metro accessible via Yellow and Blue line, Crystal City Station. Tour studio.

Hours:

Mon: Closed

Tues: Closed

Wed: 6:30PM – 10:00PM

Thurs: 6:30PM – 10:00PM

Fri: 6:30PM – 11:00PM

Sat: 12:30PM – 11:00PM

Sun: Closed


Reference

SceneSquid

Washington DC Economic Partnership

How to Crush Large Competitors by Building A Strong Community

Biker Barre

Jane Brodsky and Katie Geffken are the lady bosses of Biker Barre, the first-ever indoor cycling and Barre studio in Washington DC. Since opening in 2012, Biker Barre has won various awards, rave reviews, and is very much loved by its local community.

Jane and Katie left their traditional corporate careers to pursue an entrepreneurial dream in fitness. In today’s interview, they talk about co-founder relationship, competing with large national fitness chains, and their secrets for attracting and retaining customers. They especially emphasize the importance of building a community around the business. This is a very thought provoking episode no matter whether you’re in the fitness industry or not.

We don’t want to be in the coolest neighborhood. We want to be in a neighborhood where people moved there to have a sense of community.

– Katie Geffken

 


Biker Barre

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Barracks Row

738 7th St. SE

Washington, DC 20003

(202) 733-1009


Reference

Classpass

How to Start A Yoga & Wellness Business with Amanda Shipe

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Amanda Shipe is the founder and CEO of Mind Your Body Oasis, a beautiful yoga studio and wellness center in Crystal City, Virginia that has a wide variety of offerings including yoga, spa services, nutrition coaching, and yoga teacher training. On this episode, Amanda offers tips on the steps you should take to open your own yoga business (hint: start small). She shares insights on business licensing/permitting, how she collaborates with other yoga teachers on Instagram to promote her studio, and what it’s like to be a business owner while holding down a full-time job. She also talks about the importance of having a good mentor and a support group when you start a new business.

“You need to tap into the social programming of our society when you own a business. You need to be aware of when people spend, when people vacation, and when people’re back in their groove.” – Amanda Shipe

 

 


Connect with Amanda: amanda@mindyourbodyoasis.com

Mind Your Body Oasis

Crystal City: 1750 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: (703) 567-1290
Email: admin@mindyourbodyoasis.com

Primary Offerings Include:

  • Yoga, Hot Yoga and Pilates
  • Tailored Massage Offerings
  • Nutrition and Wellness Coaching
  • Infrared Heat Therapy

Hours:

  • Monday-Friday 11:30 am to 7 pm
  • Saturday 9-4 by appointment
  • Sunday 9:30-6 by appointment

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