We had the good fortune of connecting with Derek Curry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Derek, what do you attribute your success to?
The TEAM! There is no way Politics would be where it is today without the team all working hand in hand to elevate and grow the business. When I say team I mean every single person under the Sneaker Politics umbrella. Everyone matters.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
From 2006 to now was a long road. I can’t count the number of times I was going to close the doors for good in the first 2 years. Sleeping in the store to moving back in with my Mom. The first two years was all learning the business and trying to eat as I figured things out. I was so involved that there wasn’t an option to fail. I had done too much work and couldn’t go back. The hard work and struggles started to pay off in year 3 and by year 5 it was off to the races.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m waking up and walking to the Dallas Farmers Market to grab Juice Babe and Coffee. From there we are hitting Rustic for Bruch. Depending on the day and weather, I’m going to play Top Golf, Shopping, or throw Axes at Whiskey Hatchet. Then I will hop around Deep Ellum hitting bars, restaurants, and shopping. Go home for a quick shower and change then Catbird on top of the Thompson Hotel for a appetizer and drink before doing dinner at XOXO. From there depending on the night and how we are feeling it can go a million different ways, but usually end up at whatever event InCrowd has going on.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I spoke about team earlier, and wouldn’t feel right answering this without shouting out the original 4 people that helped me in the beginning. The OG TEAM. Sam Breaux, Fletcher Sanders, Lee Trahan, Dustin Guidry.
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