135 – Oops! Macys! with Liz Wain of Wain’s World

In 1987, Liz’s career began where most designer’s peak – at Barney’s of New York. There she made a name for herself with a single napkin. Liz evolved her couture linen collection into a lifestyle brand with a hold in more than 1200 luxury retailers worldwide. Since then she’s been intimately involved with such brands…

134 – Twisted Pig or What the Oink? with Nick Lucas of Lucas Candies

For over 100 years, Lucas Candies has been manufacturing their own chocolate confections. It is a family business currently run by 4th generation Nick Lucas and his partner, Deb Bertrand. Nick and Deb have kept the traditions that were started long ago while taking chocolate making to the next level by creating combinations that will…

133 – The Power of the Pivot with Ryann Gaspara of GasparaFlora

Ryann is the founder and designer behind GasparaFlora, a company that specializes in corporate gifting. But it wasn’t always that way. GasparaFlora originally launched in April of 2016 as a company focused on hotel welcome gifts for weddings. Very quickly Ryann recognized an opportunity and chose to pivot. Since that time, they’ve morphed into corporate…

132 – Arts and Carafes with Tanya Ruffin of Create Studios

With a BFA in Fine Arts and MA in Art History, Tanya ended up with a career in Higher Education in the IT department! Desperate for some art in her life, about 6 years ago she opened teaching and event facility called Create Studios. She describes it as an Arts and Carafes space because people…

131 – Retail Survival Tips with Terri King of My Secret Garden

My Secret Garden is a retail store specializing in home décor, unique gifts, boutique apparel, garden accents and more. What started in 1990 in a booth at art shows has grown into a beautiful 12,000 square foot facility in Bay City, Michigan. Today retail is changing at a faster rate than ever before. But Terri…