We had the good fortune of connecting with Jody Stein and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jody, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I definitely wanted a business where I could get the best of both worlds. Use my brain and be creative yet stay home with my family. Time is a precious commodity and I try to maximize each day by working while simultaneously playing with my children.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart is where some might see junk and dead things, I see a way to give them life and turn them into things of beauty. I am most proud that I started this business by taking $500 (that my husband thought was a waste of time and money) and turning it into a company that is able to provide jobs and turn my passion into an actual business. We have had many challenges such as insane deadlines, being understaffed, small cramped working spaces and scrambling when inventory hasn’t arrived in time for projects and most importantly not dinging my husbands car, just to name a few. I have Had to scramble to make things work. Lessons that I’ve learned along the way are to be fluid and flexible. You have to roll with the punches. There are some things that are just out of your control and if you can’t learn to adapt, you aren’t going to make it. I want the world to know that I started this company as a way to give myself an outlet while staying home with my kids. It has evolved to so much more than that. It has become an organization with a purpose, whether it is employing people that need jobs, donating a portion of proceeds to charity, it has become a way for me to help those I love and the community that I adore with my dead crap.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would start at R & D Kitchen and have the pan fried fish and mosey onto Tootsies to do some fun shopping (that’s actually something I have done with an out of towner). We would do a pit stop in the Bishop Arts district for some Eno’s pizza and end the evening at The Charles or Nick and Sam’s for dinner and drinks. Here is a list of stores and restaurants that I would drag them to. JoJo Mommy – favorite kids stuff in the universe Tootsies-best clothing store in my opinion Madison 214 – for home goods Beverleys- for their caviar latkees The Charles – For their Cascarecce Amatriciana Monarch – bar none the most spectacular Dallas restaurant Highland Park Village – One of my favorite spots on earth to shop

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate this to my girls so they learn the value of hard work and having fun doing it.

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