We are so excited for everything happening for Stacy + Daniel at Boondock Studios! They have put together a beautiful retail space to sell their products and host workshops for kids and adults alike. They have big plans in store for the future and we can’t wait to see everything come together.
We met up with Stacy + Daniel to talk shop since Catapult.
Q+A with Stacy + Daniel Tabb
Catapult: What was the breaking point when you realized it was your time to move out of Catapult?
Stacy + Daniel: When we were members at Catapult, our house served as our workshop; we knew we needed a space apart from home to get work done. With the acquisition of this space, we are able to have a definitive place for work apart from our house, which has been a breath of fresh air. We have a specific place to keep all of our tools without flooding our house with supplies.
Catapult: How was the transition from working out of Catapult to your own space?
Stacy + Daniel: We ran business operations out of Catapult and completed all orders from our space at home, so being able to consolidate our business to one location was incredibly helpful.
Catapult: What are some wins for your business since you’ve moved into your new space?
Stacy + Daniel: We were recently asked to make the Polk County Cattleman’s Sweetheart sash to be worn at events all over the county and are honored to have put that together for them. We consider the trust between ourselves and our customers to be a massive win, and we are lucky enough to experience that on a daily basis.
Catapult: How have you developed your customer family? What are your secrets to customer growth?
Stacy + Daniel: We’ve learned that if you treat your customers fair, you do your best work every time. We treat every customer that comes through our doors with the same amount of respect as any other.
Catapult: Have you been able to hire any new employees?
Stacy + Daniel: We have not hired any more employees yet, but we have plans to hire interns in leatherwork within the next year.
Catapult: Have any of your goals changed from when you first started to now?
Stacy + Daniel: Now that we have a concrete location to sell retail, our goal is to attend conventions and bring in wholesale orders to expand our business. We also want to be able to give back to the community by teaming up with PACE Center for Girls. We’d like to teach them how to make their own leather bags to auction off at their charity event the PACE Purse Party. Also, because Daniel was in the military, we want to donate books to local veteran centers for hospitalilzed veterans.
Catapult: Which specific aspect of Catapult can you look back on and identify as the most helpful to your business?
Stacy + Daniel: We were awarded a micro-grant from Catapult’s funding program, which enabled us to purchase much-needed equipment to streamline our production process. Aside from the micro-grant, networking opportunities that Catapult presented were incredibly helpful. We were connected with Laura Helm from Haus 820 and have since participated in the many of the markets held there.
Catapult: What would you wish next for your business?
Stacy + Daniel: We are eager to complete the move into wholesale, but are excited for everything that’s in store for us.