The Green Bay native and founder of Good Day Shop talks about creativity, her favorite makers and the shop owner’s life.
I did marketing for 10 years in the corporate, nonprofit and university settings. Toward the latter of [that] career I started doing upholstery on the side … and I kind of fell in love with [how] you can do something with your hands that creates a product that’s useful and functional. It reopened the creative side of myself, which I hadn’t had for a long time. I was at a pivotal point in my career. So, I decided to go for it and quit that career path [and] pursue a business idea around creativity.
I was trying to create this entire ecosystem because there were so many different gaps in what I was seeing in Madison supporting the professional maker community. I [came] at it from all angles—affordable studio space, professional development specific to these entrepreneurs and then giving them a way to sell their goods. When we started, we just did pop-ups and meetups [for makers]. And then I opened the creative studio and I started to grow One-OneThousand with more workshops. Then, we launched the Good Day Market, which at that time was a twice a year market with makers.
I always thought that I was going to create that ecosystem from behind the scenes and help makers build their brands and give them opportunities to sell their goods. But I learned that I like being able to help [by selling] their goods. And I found it’s a meaningful way to work with makers and be a conduit for helping them build a livelihood much more directly.
One of the biggest questions I get is, “Is everything here local?” and that’s a great question to ask. Because what [customers] are really asking is “Where does this stuff come from?” and, “Is it a good purchase?” I try to source local as much as possible but my curation perspective has expanded. A majority [of products] are U.S.; in fact, [most] are Midwest-based. But I also carry pieces from Studio Non in the Netherlands and Mariana Muravito from Mallorca. What drives me in my process is sourcing from independent brands and small-batch makers that are mindful about their production process.
In April we’re bringing in some small-batch, sustainable clothing lines. We’ll [also] be continuing to refine our retail experience, whether it’s working with our customers on an individual basis for custom orders or with our makers on specialized product lines.
By Shayna Mace
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