Recent Episodes

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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Dec. 22, 2021

EP 25: RUNNING A MULTIGENERATIONAL FAMILY BUSINESS

This week’s episode is near and dear to Michelle’s heart. She had the pleasure of interviewing her friend and former co-worker Da…

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Dec. 15, 2021

EP 24: SOLOCAST - TOP 10 DISPLAY TIPS!

This week's episode is a Michelle Solocast where she will take the listeners on a deep dive into her design philosophy and review…

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Dec. 8, 2021

EP 23: OWNER/FOUNDER OF SERGE + JANE - JAMIE CARL

S+J is a Lifestyle Boutique featuring Men's, Women's, Kids, Pets, Vinyl, Home + Gifts in our 3 story shop, (4 including their ope…

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Dec. 1, 2021

EP 22: HELPING RETAILERS BECOME MORE PROFITABLE!

We are thrilled to have the president of The Retail Smart Guys , Dan Jablons, as a guest this week. The Retail Smart Guys is the …

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Nov. 24, 2021

EP 21: SHOULDER PADS & UNDERAGE DRINKING

This week’s episode was a tricky one to write show notes for as I am part of the episode. Michelle and I (Elisa) have been friend…

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Nov. 17, 2021

EP 20: NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION

This week we are so grateful to welcome Kelly Bloodgood, owner of Well + Good Health Studio. After dealing with mysterious sympto…

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Nov. 10, 2021

EP 19: JACKALOPE ARTS CO-FOUNDERS - MELISSA KOHOUT AND SARA DIEDRICH

The two founders of Jackalope Arts , Melissa Kohout and Sara Diederich, met through their time spent working with an internationa…

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Nov. 3, 2021

EP 18: B.DAZZLED OWNER - ROBIN MOLAN

We are always impressed with our guests who have built a successful side hustle and Robin Molan is no exception! A lawyer since 1…

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Oct. 27, 2021

EP 17: LIFE AFTER ANTHRO - ELAINE STRAWBRIDGE

This is our episode #4 in our ‘Life After Anthro’ series. Guest Elaine Strawbridge is a passionate creative and leader with a 20+…

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Oct. 20, 2021

EP 16: MAISON A OWNER & ENTREPRENEUR - ANDREA LESLIE

This week’s guest is actually Michelle’s first guest who is an actual MC Design Collaboration client. Andrea Leslie is not only a…

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Oct. 13, 2021

EP 15: MY MCCARTHY FOUNDER OF GAVIN LUXE: PURVEYORS OF SENSUAL LIVING

Three passions: impeccable design, sensuous aromatics and self-care. Having enjoyed a successful career as a brand strategist, My…

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Oct. 6, 2021

EP 14: CREATOR & AUTHOR OF THE 52-WEEK JOURNAL SERIES - MINDI MILLER

Mindi Miller is, in no particular order, a mother, a sister, a mentor to at-risk teens, a TV producer, a wife, and an ex-wife. Sh…

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Sept. 29, 2021

EP 13: DAISY'S MERCANTILE - BARBARA MOONEY

This week's guest is Barbara Mooney, owner of Daisy’s Mercantile , a boutique filled with necessities, frivolities, and embellish…

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Sept. 22, 2021

EP 12: CHRISTINE STREET GREGG OF CHOCOLATE & STEEL - LIFE AFTER ANTHRO

This weeks guest, Christine Street Gregg owner of Chocolate & Steel , is our 3rd interview in our ‘Life After Anthro’ series. Chr…

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Sept. 15, 2021

EP 11: THE SOLOCAST #2

For those of you who have asked “Exactly what does Michelle do?” This is the episode that is a deep dive into exactly what Michel…

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Sept. 8, 2021

EP 10: SOUL ADDICT PART 2 - LAURA WHITE

From press in Martha Stewart Living to Marie Claire to being sold in Urban Outfitters to Neiman Marcus , Soul Addict, a farm-firs…

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Sept. 1, 2021

EP 9: SOUL ADDICT - LAURA WHITE

This week’s guest is Laura White, founder and CEO of Soul Addict , a conscious CBD line & majority women-owned hemp farm she runs…

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