Suzy Ekman from the San Francisco Bay Area, founder and CEO of Makers Market, a supplier of American-made goods for a new generation, joins Corporate radio.
With an e-commerce website, Makers Market There are four stationary shops and monthly outdoor craft markets around the bay, involving thousands of artists, designers, and creators.
listen to host Eric Dye & Guest Suzy Ekman discuss the following:
- We spoke to you in 2016, but can you give us a brief overview of your background and the Makers Market for those new to your company?
- They have grown from 1 to 4 stores in the most prestigious shopping areas in the San Francisco Bay Area since our last conversation. Can you tell us something about it? How did you choose these locations?
- Why do you think your business has been so well received by customers? What is unique about the Makers Market?
- You’ve got a lot of press lately – which we don’t usually see for a small business. Dwell Magazine has named Makers Market one of the top four American retailers. In recent years, you’ve been on USA Today’s 4-person panel of experts (along with big names like Etsy and Kickstarter) to pick the top ten manufacturers in America. Makers Market was selected as the best retailer by San Francisco Magazine. You were selected as the national curator for the American Craft Council. You were also selected by Silicon Valley Magazine as one of the 100 most influential women in Silicon Valley. How did you get so much coverage? Do you have an external PR company?
- What are your plans for the next few years? Do you see that the Makers Market is as big as now or will you expand?
- What is your tip for other entrepreneurs?
Suzy Ekman has dedicated her career to American products.
Growing up in the deep south, she spent valuable time in her father’s workshop learning, making, and hearing stories. Excursions through the countryside, where potters, blacksmiths and textile weavers were discovered, aroused deep appreciation from manufacturers who make beautiful products with their hands.
This early involvement combined with decades of management in US manufacturing companies led to the launch of the Makers Market.
Makers Market was founded on the idea of modernizing goods made in America for a new generation and keeping them alive: goods that are authentic, well designed and made sustainably. Makers Market celebrates the resurgence of the country’s maker movement with its nostalgic, general store atmosphere and online at http://makersmarket.us.
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