We had the good fortune of connecting with McKenna Schrimpf and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi McKenna, why did you pursue a creative career?
Creativity has always been in my blood! As a child I was always crafting, coloring or creating something. I am an entrepreneur at heart and began my first business around the age of 11 making and selling duct tape wallets. This engrained in me the idea of a future creative career! Creating is something I have always done so turning it into a business and getting to do it everyday is truly one of my biggest passions!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Handmade By McKenna is a curated collection of handcrafted goods. What makes us special is that we offer high quality accessories and home decor that are made completely by hand!
I have been in business for just over a year now and one of the biggest lessons I have learned as a young entrepreneur is how important networking is. Connecting with other creatives and entrepreneurs around me has allowed me to form countless connections and develop wonderful relationships with those in the small business community! The relationships I have formed over this year have allowed my business wonderful opportunities that otherwise would have not happened. These relationships have also given me a shoulder to lean on when I have questions, get stuck in a rut or just need someone who understands.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The East Valley is hands down my favorite area in Phoenix as it has so many hidden gems! Downtown Gilbert is definitely a spot to hit! Oreganos, Liberty Market, Barrio Queen and Petersen’s Ice Cream are some of the best local eateries in town. And if you are looking for entertainment the Hale theatre always puts on beautiful productions with their 360 degree seats!
Checking out Arizona’s desert landscape is a must when visiting! My favorite places to enjoy what AZ has to offer is by kayaking on Saguaro Lake, taking a nature walk through Veteran’s Oasis park or hiking at Lost Dutchman or Santan Mountain!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The biggest shout-out goes to my mom! Since day one of starting my business she has been there to aid me in both the smallest and largest steps. She has given me countless ideas and recommendations and supports every move my business makes. She attends all of my markets for the entire duration and lends me all the help I could ever need! I am so thankful for the love and support my mom gives to myself and my business.
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