We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole Marie Pompa- Hattenhauer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicole Marie, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
If not being my rock during COVID-19- I am not sure I would be successful now. Love u.
Honestly, I never wanted to work for other people ever again. I know that sounds so simple.
I just didn’t know what I wanted to do. I always wanted to do something but I never knew what. Also having epilepsy made me want to control my life more. I also wanted to do something with my love of sports that I got from my Grandfather. I am a crazy sports fan, ESPN is my ring tone..lol
What should our readers know about your business?
So I own Da Phoenix Card Shop. I sell sports cards -football,baseball,basketball, hockey,NASCAR and UFC. I sell all online through Facebook,Instagram, EBay and my own website www.daphoenixcardshop.com. As far as I know, I am one of a few female owners in the United States for owning a sports card store. I am very proud that I have been named Store of the Month on EBay and was featured before on the login website. I am very very proud that I have created all the creative parts to my business either on my website or Instagram. I have also been doing my business for 12 years now.
It was never easy to get here. I have honestly worked 15-20 hour days to get where I am. Lots of computer time. I did learn along the way the need to take a break and step away. I also learned I can’t do everything and it’s ok to ask for help.
Da Phoenix Card Shop’s meaning is the following- DA: This is a Chicago sports term… I.e Da Bulls, Da Bears- I am a proud Chicago girl who has lived here in Arizona for 22 years, Phoenix: Besides that being where I live, when I made this business it felt like I was being born to do. Rise up and go for it. Card Shop- well i sell cards.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well that’s easy! It will always be 414 Pizza and Karaoke now in Mesa Arizona for the best time, best food and of course Karaoke! I would tell them to stay at Valley Ho in Scottsdale.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My new husband John Hattenhauer. Just married in March 2022. If not being my rock during COVID-19- I am not sure I would be successful now. Love u. My best friends Michelle Schuring and Travis Lane for keeping me sane. My mom for her belief in me even when I don’t.