We had the good fortune of connecting with Mr & Mrs Meerkat and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mr & Mrs, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
As a small business owner, we are able to connect with our customers on a personal level and we value the opportunity to do so. There is a reason someone buys from us and not a big company, they feel a connection with us. We value being apart of a community, even if that community is the whole wide world via the internet. Humans need connection and Amazon won’t personally talk to me about creating a custom crystal care package, tailored specifically to me and my intentions for a new step in my journey and sometimes you really need that kind of attention. We truly feel blessed to be able to have the time and space to not only offer handmade one-of-a-kind pieces of art but to do the little extra that makes someone feel seen, heard, and part of a community.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We are self taught artists who have always had a dream of being self sufficient and being on the road. We used to joke around that we would get to do this full time and because of crazy happenstances we have able to for the last few months. I think what sets us apart is our drive to be of service more than it is to make money. We take the turtle approach to life so if it doesn’t vibe with us we try and remain patient and wait for the right time & steps to take. I believe this lets people feel more relaxed and that’s something we highly value in all of our relationships, especially the relationships with our customers. It hasn’t been an easy road to always remain chill and go with the flow, things come up and life happens but we’ve been able to work through everything as a couple, team, and partnership. If we didn’t have each other we wouldn’t be able to make this work, we need each other and know that when we give each other patience and room to grow beautiful creations & solutions emerge. We try to carry that into our connections with our art & business. What we’ve learned is stay positive, surround yourself with encouraging and patient people, and trust in yourself and own abilities – don’t listen to people who don’t have the same goals as you. We’d love people to feel relaxed and not pressured when they buy from us because they don’t feel like they are buying from a business but they are supporting a friend.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am a huge fan of Downtown Phoenix, probably because I live here. I love how you can walk to one side of downtown to the other in less than 30 minutes! We live and have our shop located in Roosevelt Row which is my favorite spot because there is so much all within a short walk. Before the pandemic I would have suggested checking out a fun Indie flick at Film Bar and then walking over to probably AZ Wilderness (or The Dressing Room when it was open) for a big stein of their Refuge IPA and their Build Your Own Burger which happens to be made with Grass Fed Beef (which I love that they care about meat quality!). After that you will need to walk it all off, so you head over to the cool Art Alley behind The Churchill for some sunset pics in front of some amazing murals by great local artists such as Nyla Lee & Issac Caruso, maybe even pop on over to “So Far So Good” inside the The Curchill which is a piece of art in itself. Try to find a spot at the bar to watch the guys make you the featured cocktail! If you happen to get a Lyft that night you could stop by a sneaky bar on the corner of 6th St. & Roosevelt for one more cool spot to catch a custom cocktail or white claw for the night! If you are staying for the week I always suggest going to Sedona for a day or two and getting a beautiful hike in while you are up there!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Definitely know we wouldn’t be where we are without Greg Centrone of Bud’s Glass Joint! He gave us a chance in the very beginning, providing a space for us to setup and try to sell, when we first moved here, before we really even had anything to sell. He let us sell a few of our very first few products in his shop in Downtown Phoenix, which motivated us to see what else we could create and sell. He has still been supporting us, and many other small businesses, years later. Now selling several of our products in both of his stores! We have also had amazing support from other local artists in the community, such as Sally Jimenez who was the one who mentioned us for this interview. We both know what it’s like to be out there doing your thing, so we like to encourage each other whenever we can. She is a wonderfully talented person who has always had our backs, very grateful for her!