Recent Episodes

Nov. 30, 2022

EP 74: EMPOWERING WOMEN WITH MEANINGFUL JEWELRY!

With the holidays upon us, gratitude & giving back is the theme. This week’s guest is Crystalyn Aucoin, a jewelry designer from N…

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Nov. 23, 2022

EP 73: STACK THEM HIGH & WATCH THEM FLY!

Sara Villari is the owner and creative director of Occasionette , an award-winning gift and card shop with four locations in the …

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Nov. 16, 2022

EP 72: CREATING SMALL BUSINESS DREAMS

This week we are so excited to welcome guest Sara Stonecipher, Owner/CEO of howtorunaretailstore.com , helping entrepreneurs go f…

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Nov. 9, 2022

EP 71: CULTIVATING JOY

Michael Schultz is the co-owner and creative eye of Cursive New York , which operates 2 stores in New York City. Cursive is a ti…

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Nov. 3, 2022

EP 70: SHIT IS ABOUT TO GET REAL!

If you know Michelle, you know the holidays are her favorite time of the year. The music, the lights, the smells...all of it! On …

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Nov. 2, 2022

EP 69: FINDING OPPORTUNITIES TO BUILD YOUR BUSINESS!

Abbey & Courtney are both co-founders and business besties of Duo Collective, a boutique organic marketing agency specializing in…

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Oct. 26, 2022

EP 68: HER PAST. HER PRESENT. HER FUTURE.

This week, we are thrilled to welcome Amy Loewenberg, Senior Relations Manager for NY NOW , SF NOW & American Handcrafted . Amy c…

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Oct. 19, 2022

EP 67: IF GEORGIA O'KEEFFE & DOLLY PARTON CREATED FASHION WEEK

This week’s guest is Melissa Kanarek, a couture upholsterer and seamstress by trade who lives in the Santa Ynez Valley part of Ca…

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Oct. 12, 2022

EP 66: FROM BOAT COVERS TO SURF TRUNKS

This week we are so lucky to have Dale Rhodes - Senior VP of Katin USA , as this week’s guest. Dale’s path to success began at 17…

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Oct. 5, 2022

EP 65: HOW TO CREATE AN IN-DEMAND BRAND

Kerrie Fitzgerald the founder of Kerrie Fitzgerald LLC - an ecommerce and product business consulting & educational agency, and h…

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Sept. 28, 2022

EP 64: FINDING YOUR PURPOSEFUL LIFE

This week’s episode guest is Matt Katzenson, CEO of Fines Lines Company . Fine Lines Company began in 1989. Paula Abdul had just …

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Sept. 21, 2022

EP 63: REACHING THAT CAPTIVE CUSTOMER!

After over a decade working in advertising agencies on both Madison Avenue in NYC and in Los Angeles, Meredith turned her passion…

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Sept. 14, 2022

EP 62: CLARIFY. SIMPLIFY. ACHIEVE THE VISION.

This week’s guest is Laura McDowell, a leadership coach + strategist & founder of Laura McDowell Creative , who specializes in he…

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Sept. 7, 2022

EP 61: PUSHING THE ENVELOPE

Michelle is back this week with another Solocast to talk stories & lessons from a life in retail, the inspiration for this podcas…

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Aug. 31, 2022

EP 60: BEING A 'THOUGHT PARTNER'

Lindsay Foster is a personal development junkie with a passion to share her stories of retail, recovery, and resilience with ever…

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Aug. 24, 2022

EP 59: MERCHANDISING ROUNDTABLE WITH MICHELLE & FABIAN

Back by popular demand, we are so excited to welcome back Fabian Navejas, Gift Merchandiser & Buyer for A.C. Vromans Inc., one of…

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Aug. 17, 2022

EP 58: LEILANI ZEHNDER, CO-FOUNDER BOTANIC AND LUXE 'SOULFUL LIVING'

Botanic and Luxe started in 2016 as a brick and mortar boutique in Santa Cruz, California. Created by two best friends with a pas…

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Aug. 10, 2022

EP 57: THE POWER OF AFFILIATE MARKETING

We are so excited to have Kelly Morrison, founder of Create Your Affiliate Program (CYAP), as this week’s guest. On this episode,…

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Aug. 3, 2022

EP 56: CELEBRATING CHILDREN OF COLOR WITH ANDREA HARRIS-LYONS FOUNDER…

This week we are very excited to interview Andrea Harris-Lyons. Andrea founded ANNA+POOKIE after years of being disappointed with…

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July 27, 2022

EP 55: ENCOURAGING HOLISTIC WELLNESS & CELEBRATING THE SPIRIT OF COMM…

On this week’s episode, we welcome Ashlan Christoph, mama of two, business owner and Modern Muse. Ashlan is an owner of multiple …

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July 20, 2022

EP 54: 'SACRED TREASURES FOR A BEAUTIFUL LIFE' WITH LEIGHANN HUBERMAN…

Ark Made was created out of the back office of The Ark Bookstore - Santa Fe's metaphysical wonderland for 40 years. Leighann Hube…

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July 13, 2022

EP 53: KAILA PIEPKOW / FOUNDER CREATOR DOX DESIGN

‘Breathing Life into Your Brands Mission, Vision & Values with the Power of Visual Storytelling’ After taking her first few years…

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July 6, 2022

EP 52: WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES!

What started out as Instagram live interviews to stay connected with people during the pandemic, then evolved into a podcast conc…

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June 29, 2022

EP 51: MEETING THE DIVERSE NEEDS OF BUYERS & SELLERS

Show season is upon us and we are so excited to have Cindy Henry, Vice President of Buyer Engagement, who leads the team that is …

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June 22, 2022

EP 50: ART CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

This week’s guest is Tyler Tolson, CEO and Founder of Denik , a designer notebook and lifestyle product company that uses a porti…

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June 15, 2022

EP 49: BIGGER IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER!

Born and raised in 29 Palms and having always dreamt of creating a unique place for other locals to grab a last minute outfit or …

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June 8, 2022

EP 48: RETAIL ISN'T FOR EVERYBODY

This week we welcome Sean Jimenez / Director of Sales & Marketing for Socksmith. Sean, a former retailer, now turned wholesaler, …

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June 1, 2022

EP 47: SUPPORTING OTHERS THROUGH JOB CREATION

After living in Haiti for five years, Tara moved to Minnesota. When she left Haiti she wanted to make sure she stayed connected t…

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May 25, 2022

EP 46: GRASPING THE BRASS RING

Dallas Market Center is the most complete wholesale trade resource in the world. Products include home, gift, lighting, apparel &…

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May 18, 2022

EP 45: CONNECTING PEOPLE, FAMILY & COMMUNITY THROUGH FOOD

This week’s guest, Yunnie Morena Kim, Digital Food Content Creator Restaurateur for KimChiAvocado is a lover of food (making it, …

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May 11, 2022

EP 44: UNITEDOTHER. A COMING TOGETHER, A CONNECTION, A UNION.

This week’s guest is Ellen Nguyen, founder/creator of the UnitedOther — a spiritual goods company based in Los Angeles. Coming to…

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May 4, 2022

EP 43: SAVING ONE AT A TIME!

In honor of May being National Pet Foster Care Month, this week’s guest is Gwenn Vallone, CEO of Pug Nation Rescue of Los Angeles…

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April 27, 2022

EP 42: FABIAN NAVEJAS & MELISSA HESSE – LIFE AFTER Z GALLERIE

This week’s episode is part of our Life After Z Gallerie series. Michelle worked closely with both Fabian & Melissa during her ti…

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April 20, 2022

EP 41: MISSY LIVINGSTON FOUNDER/CEO TWISTED WARES - PUTTING THE FUN I…

When Missy lost everything in the 2008 recession, she almost lost all hope. She was broke, had 3 kids, and had just moved again. …

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April 13, 2022

EP 40: ALLISON CARTER / CEO - CELEBRATES!

This week’s guest is Allison Carter. Allison is a Seattle mom of two and believes that every occasion, big or small, deserves to …

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April 6, 2022

EP 39: HUSTLER OF THE WEEK!

This week's guest is CEO & founder of Swanky D's, Nadiyah Gulley. Established in 2016, Swanky D’s is a company dedicated to mento…

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March 30, 2022

EP 38: FOREVER FUN!

This week’s guest is Nathan Waldon, Founder of Everything for Nathan & Co . After a bazillion plus years of product development f…

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March 23, 2022

EP 37: SIMPLIFY BUSINESS. IMPROVE LIVES.

This week’s guest is Kurt Beeken, Owner & President of Retail Dimensions (RDi). Kurt is a veteran of the retail and technology in…

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March 16, 2022

EP 36: A LOVE LETTER TO LA

This week’s guest is Jeannine Braden / Creative Director & Co-Founder / Le Superbe California . From long time Los Angeles fashio…

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March 9, 2022

EP 35: FAILURE IS YOUR BEST INSTRUCTOR

We have all dealt with what we perceive as a failure. Failure can be useful. We can learn from it, gain new insights, and do bett…

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March 9, 2022

EP 35: FAILURE IS YOUR BEST INSTRUCTOR

We have all dealt with what we perceive as a failure. Failure can be useful. We can learn from it, gain new insights, and do bett…

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March 2, 2022

EP 34: CHAXEL

We LOVE a #hustler and this week’s guest Brea Menees, owner of Chaxel certainly falls under that header! Brea is a 31-year-old Ca…

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Feb. 23, 2022

EP 33: HUMANIZING RETAIL WITH STELLA ADENA OF RANCHO RELAXO

Stella grew up in Ohio and studied Economics and Japanese at Princeton University. Stella made a career change at 30 from investm…

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Feb. 16, 2022

EP 32: KITTY MEOW BOUTIQUE. WITTY. SWEET. FIERCE.

This week’s guest is Catherine (Cat) Hildner, creator, designer and heart & soul behind Kitty Meow® Boutique ( @kittymeowboutique…

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Feb. 9, 2022

EP 31: ETIQUETTE & GRATITUDE

After 3 weeks of doing setups & buying at both the Las Vegas Winter Market & LA Mart Winter Market , Michelle has had time to dec…

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Feb. 2, 2022

EP 30: LITT CONCEPT HOUSE — 'CREATING CONNECTION THROUGH RETAIL'

A family who travels together, stays together. The Litt family has traveled the world for fifty years, antiquing in over 35 count…

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Jan. 26, 2022

EP 29: DIPPING YOUR TOE INTO THE ECOMMERCE POOL

Web Studios West has been building websites, e-commerce solutions, social media platforms, and custom software for over two decad…

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Jan. 19, 2022

EP 28: GIFT SHOW BUYER TIPS & TRICKS

On this week’s episode, Michelle, on-site in Las Vegas for multiple client show set-ups, will be sharing her tips & tricks on the…

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Jan. 12, 2022

EP 27: BUILDING A WARDROBE WITH JENNY LIVITS

This week’s guest is Jenny Livits, the founder of Pink Lagoon , a boutique located in Solana Beach, California, and Wardrobe Desi…

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Jan. 5, 2022

EP 26: MARGO KOPMAN / PRESIDENT — PROJECT RETAIL

Stylish Visionary : Ambitious Multi-tasker : Retail Junkie Margo Kopman lives, eats, and breathes all things retail. With over 15…

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