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Meet Brittany Bly of Pop Shop America in Houston Heights

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany Bly.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Brittany. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started Pop Shop Houston because at that time there was nothing else like it. I am a maker and have 2 Etsy shops. At that time, there wasn’t a place to meet your audience in person or meet other makers.

I started prepping for our first festival – November 2012 really heavily around August of 2012. And by that November we had 55 exhibiting makers and over 2000 in attendance.

Now we have 150 exhibitors and 8000 in attendance at our events! Most of our time is spent online with our online shop and DIY blog but since we have also founded a brick and mortar boutique in the Heights.

And we also teach craft workshops twice a month! It’s pretty much a nonstop party at Pop Shop America.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Keeping up! Wow, being a small business owner is busy. It’s hard to juggle everything. But that’s also part of the fun. You get out of it what you put it and for us we put in a lot.

Please tell us about Pop Shop America.
We specialize in handmade goods. It’s great because shopping and purchasing products can be such a lifeless, anonymous experience. But we make it fun! We really care about the products that we make and carry. We carry mostly wearables, beauty products and functional art.

Everything is made by and actual human with the utmost care and quality.

We’re also known for our blog full of DIY’s that you can try at home. They are cute, modern, fun, and easy.

One of the things that sets us apart is how much content we create for small businesses. For the exhibitors that participate in our festival, we hope to go beyond the fest and help them with their web business and more. We write eBooks and offer lectures about how to improve your SEO, how to increase sales at pop up markets, and more.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Oh I don’t know! There’s a million. I can tell you that I’ve been a maker my whole life. When I was really young, my friends and I sold drawings to our classmates and neighbors.

By the time I was in middle school, I made beaded jewelry that was so popular I had a 1 month waiting list! I couldn’t even fill all the orders.

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