An Exploration of the Flowers, Art + Business Local to Essex, New York
I recently heard a quote by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” Nietzsche’s words are simultaneously sensible and mind-blowing in that way that important revelations often are. Nietzsche’s words mean a lot to me. By now I have stumbled through my career long enough to know that defining the words behind my “why” is the first step in a successful business plan, and the importance of this step cannot be underestimated.
So here it goes…my “why” can be broken down into 4 words. Collaboration. Community. Art. Education.
I define my 4 words in the following way:
Collaboration: To foster an environment that promotes creative and entrepreneurial growth in its residents through collaboration rather than competition.
Community: Give value back to my community equal to the value it has given me in the form of support, art and design, education, interest, and commerce.
Art: Build a space that houses art, design, and creative expression in an inclusive, transparent, and accessible way.
Educate: Provide a window into the art and design world through customer interaction and transparent studio practices. This model is meant to promote the exchange of ideas between the artisan and their customer.
These words are meaningful but inert without a “How” to drive them into action. My “How,” is the business I am building on the foundation of my 4 “Why” words. The behind the scenes story of this business is the central focus of this weekly blog. The physical expression of my “Why” will be a shared floral, art, and design studio/retail space in Essex, NY. This boutique experience will serve to introduce select artists and designers to The Champlain Valley while drawing interest to Main Street through a unique, year-round business.
There’s more! If you would like to read the rest of this entry check out the complete blog post.
This week’s flower selection will feature the following stems. As always, these focal flowers will be complemented by seasonal foliage and unique accents foraged dry or dried in the studio. Order your flowers today!
GROWN BY LITTLE FARMHOUSE FLOWERS:
GROWN BY KIRSTEN LIEBL AT ECHO FARM:
Did you know that Kit+Syl Studio hosts a weekly pop-up shop every Sunday at The Essex Inn?
This pop-up is part of The Essex Inn Sunday Summer Barbecue Series. Come on over to the beautiful back patio area of the Inn, and enjoy great food, refreshing drinks, live music, and the Kit+Syl Pop-Up Gift Shop. The shop is stocked each week with fresh, locally grown flowers, Kit+Syl handmade jewelry, and a curated assortment of goods made by local artisans! The patio offers ample room for socially distanced, picnic-style dining. Masks are required when entering the shop, and walking around the lawn area. The festivities start at 3PM, and the music starts at 5PM. See my post Locally Made Gifts in Essex for more information. I hope you can make it!
Thank you for reading! Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any jewelry, floral, Essex-related, or personal questions, or just to introduce yourself! I love to meet members of my community, and I welcome feedback about how I can reciprocate value to this place that has made my own life so rich.
Every Wednesday I publish a new blog post where I share my writings about building the next evolution of Kit+Syl Studio, as well as interesting information about the floral, jewelry, and small business world. Additionally, I will conduct regular interviews featuring the talented local makers that I am stocking in the pop-up shop. You can check out my complete posts here.