Author Archives: Staff Street

Mover’s Spotlight on Elizabeth Grojean and Baloo

Let’s go back to the beginning. I heard that you came up with Baloo weighted blankets while you were living in Bali. Can you walk us through that time in your life? How did you come up with wanting to develop such a product? Elizabeth Grojean: The story of Baloo and our weighted blankets started […]

How to build a sustainable brand: 4 Important Lessons from Amazi Foods

Building a sustainable brand is more than just complying with set standards. It is about consciously finding ways to improve your process. Earlier this year, The Mover’s Spotlight spoke to the Founder and CEO of food brand Amazi Foods, Renne Dunn. She walked us through her experience and shared insights about what it takes to […]

Mover’s Spotlight on Alex Ostroff and Saint Urbain

Before we get into Saint-Urbain, I want to talk about you first. How did you personally get into the creative and design industry?   Alex Ostroff: Long before Saint Urbain, I went to film school in Montreal, Canada, where I’m from. And I loved it. I was on track for film. Now, I’m a huge foodie. […]

Mover’s Spotlight on Davina Kaonohi and ELĒMENT APOTHĒC

Tell us about yourself, Davina. How did Element Apothec come to be?  Davina Kaonohi: My journey towards Element Apothec began I started in the e-commerce space as a strategy and operations consultant. I’ve always been passionate about consumer goods and products that help people. I first got involved with the cannabis space a couple of […]

Mover’s Spotlight on Cason Crane and Explorer Cold Brew

So, Cason Crane. So, tell us  a little bit about yourself. Who are you and how did you start Explorer Cold Brew?  Cason Crane: I’m a bit of an explorer myself. Most notably, I was the first openly gay person to climb the highest mountains on each continent, also known as the Seven Summits, which […]

Mover’s Spotlight on UMAI Marketing’s Karin Samelson and Alison Smith

So, most of the time you guys put the spotlight on your partners and the brands that you work with. Today, we get to put the spotlight on you. So, let’s get to know you first. Very briefly, where were you guys before you built UMAI Marketing?  Alison Smith:  Right before UMAI Marketing, I was […]

Mover’s Spotlight on Laura Shafferman and Legally Addictive

We’ve read up a little bit but we want to hear you tell your story. So, Laura, tell us: how did Legally Addictive come about? Laura Shafferman: I started Legally Addictive during a turning point in my life. I was working in real estate marketing when I got laid off. There was a non-compete clause […]

Mover’s Spotlight on Gavi Wolf and Indiewalls

Tell us a bit about yourself, Gavi. Who you are, what got you into working in the art industry, and how you came up with Indiewalls.  Gavi Wolf: I am the CEO of Indiewalls, which I founded with Ari Grazi about nine years ago. We began as a company that helped cafes and restaurants find […]

Mover’s Spotlight on Lisa Curtis and Kuli Kuli

I know that you served in the Peace Corps before you started Kuli Kuli. Can you take us back to the moment that you realized that you wanted to start a business? What made you want to start Kuli Kuli? Lisa Curtis: I started Kuli Kuli after serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger […]

Mover’s Spotlight on Agua Bonita Founders Kayla Castañeda and Erin PonTell

So, we’ve never done double interviews before but I’m excited to do that with you guys at Agua Bonita. Where did the idea for the company start? How did it all begin?  Kayla Castañeda: The idea of Agua Bonita started from growing up with aguas frescas at home. Coming from a Hispanic household, it was […]