For our April 2017 issue, we examine how creatives are remaking the Queen city.
Company: Corporate. When he was younger and working at Footaction, “I dreaded when ‘corporate’ would visit the stores. I never wanted that attitude in my shop.”
The goal: Be the source for sneaker styles unavailable anywhere else in the city, and have fun. “We’ve realized work becomes work when that’s all it is.”
The gig: Going back and forth between the Hyde Park and Over-the-Rhine shops, interacting with customers, and keeping an eye on the big picture. “I never realized how much bigger it would be than just being a shop. Being an example of what our city brings to the table is a great responsibility, and we don’t take it lightly.”
On the room where it happens: “We’ve been very fortunate to have kept a good name for nine years. This has led to us networking with many of the biggest names in the world. I’ve sat in the offices of Jay Z and Michael Jordan, them being filled in on Corporate and how it’s from Cincinnati. Oh, [and] we came across an artist who was starting out and looking to build his fan base…seven years later he’s known to the world as Big Sean.”
His advice: “Make sure you’re ready to sacrifice whatever it takes for the business to succeed. Starting off I didn’t have a nice car, a place that was my own, or collect a check for years. It was all about making sure this business had what it needed. Time will be your biggest sacrifice.”