First off, tell me a little more about yourself and your business.
My business is The Brassy Explorer and most of my products are inspired by the places I have lived and traveled that have a piece of my heart. I grew up in Idaho, and I have lived in three additional states since then. I’ve also had opportunities to travel both domestically and internationally which has shaped me in many ways. I can’t imagine my life without those experiences, and I love having mementos of the places that I call “home.” I started out making customized wood state keyrings and seasonal holiday ornaments, and I am gradually expanding into home décor and other accessories. I currently have a display in 4 Girls’ Garage in the NOTO Arts District as well as an Etsy shop online. I offer wholesale pricing on some of my items including keyrings which are now featured in a handful of gift shops and coffee shops around the U.S. Most of my local items focus on the state of Kansas, while my items listed on Etsy cover a larger range of locations spanning from Washington state to Florida and beyond to many countries in Africa where my true obsession with travel began over a decade ago.
How long have you been a member of 712 Innovations and what programs/resources do you utilize?
I have been a member of 712 Innovations since September 2016. I primarily use the Epilog laser, and I hope to begin using the ShopBot soon to expand my capabilities and test out a few new ideas. I work at a local printing company, GoModern, during the day, so I spend most of my time at 712i during the evenings and weekends. I love that members have 24/7 access to the facility and equipment. I wouldn’t be able to accomplish everything that I do without that flexibility. There are a number of great events that 712i hosts throughout each month. There is a little something for everyone, and I’m excited to see how 712i continues to grow!
Tell me how 712 Innovations has impacted your business.
712i has given me the ability to test out new ideas while keeping my overhead low. I don’t have to hire someone to create a prototype for me, because I can do it myself. I also take great pride in my work, so having the ability to control quality is key. My membership has also allowed me the opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs and be inspired by others’ passion for their various businesses and projects.