What is Faire? About the Blog Learn More
What is Faire? About the Blog Learn More

Recapping This Season on Brick & Order: Stories of Creativity and Resilience

July 14, 2020 | Published by Faire

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, we knew we wanted to find new ways to connect with our customers, to share resources, and to elevate the stories of resilience that we’ve seen from across the small business community. Over the past three months (which has, at times, felt like an eternity), our podcast Brick & Order became a place where we could share stories from the community and refocus on our mission to empower entrepreneurs to chase their dreams.

This season’s stories

We’ve been fortunate to hear from retailers across the country and from a range of industries — beginning the season in conversation with Michelle Macey, owner of the cosmetic shop Beauty Organix in East Aurora, NY and more recently with my friend Sally January, owner of Siempre Viva, an apparel boutique with shops in Norman, Oklahoma and Beaver Creek, Colorado.

We also heard tales of ingenuity and the artist-turned-entrepreneur career path from makers like John Frechette from MADE, Jessi and Kelli Newsome from OKcollective Candle Co.and Cat Seto from Ferme à Papier.

And, most importantly, we heard how all of these businesses are navigating the challenges of COVID-19. Mat Pond from the specialty grocery Epicurean Trader gave us a crash course in reopening his shop safely to the community to offer essentials and Kelly Marie Thompson of Fleur Inc. explained how she introduced curbside pickup for her floral shop. On the season finale last week, Rewined owner Adam Fetsch discussed how the trade show landscape is changing and what alternatives he’s exploring.

Kelly Marie Thompson stays safe in her shop, Fleur Inc. Photo courtesy of Jamie Kelter Davis.

A lot has changed over the last three months, but we are so grateful to be on this journey with our customers. We’re excited to continue to build tools and share resources that will help our community succeed despite one of the biggest downturns in retail history. Working together, we believe wholesale and independent retail will come back stronger than before.

Catch up!

You can subscribe and listen to the entire first season of Brick & Order on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, SimpleCast, Spotify, and Stitcher. If you’re interested in sharing your story with us, please reach out to story-tips@faire.com.

New to Faire? Click here to learn more.

More articles on Faire News

Celebrating Sustainable Global Trade with the Fair Trade Federation We're excited to announce our partnership with the Fair Trade Federation.
Introducing Faire Summer Market, Our First Online Trade Show Event Faire is hosting a two-day online trade show event August 26-27 to help retailers and brands continue to run thriving businesses.
Faire Launches Brick & Order Podcast for the Retailer Community Community is more important than ever before. That’s why we’re launching Brick & Order, a new podcast from Faire.
Back to The Storefront

Don’t miss out! Subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest news from The Storefront.