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Owner Name: Kate Ortega
Name of Business: Gift and Box Nantucket
Social Media Handles: @giftandboxnantuket
Years You’ve Been in Business: 3
Prior to opening the shop, I was in the fitness industry, doing personal training and teaching fitness classes. I was also working towards my Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance Management at Northeastern University. When I eventually graduated from the university, I had two small, beautiful children in my life, and I thought I was ready for my next adventure and new project, the shop.
It all started at a local farmers market about 6 years ago. I took a little break from teaching fitness by the end of my first pregnancy. That was when I found myself hand making greeting cards. I eventually started selling my stationery at the farmers market, where I met a lot of local makers and artisans and realized the power of small batch handcrafted products. A few years later, I opened Gift and Box Nantucket with a goal to feature these makers and artisans and curate gift boxes for different occasions showcasing their products.
Having a business requires a lot of dedication, work and ongoing investment in self-education. I knew that owning a business would not be easy, but I wish someone really told me about the sacrifices I would have to make!
I am proud of a lot of accomplishments and achievements in my business. If I had to highlight two, I would say that supporting over 100 small makers, local and global, makes me happy. Also, I am very proud of the charity part that we have recently added to our mission. Giving back and helping out our local community is definitely a big accomplishment for us.
No matter what decision, big or small, you have to make in your business, always make sure you think through it carefully and envision how this decision will affect your business in the near future as well as in the long run.
Definitely a kind heart and willingness to learn every day.
Find your tribe, join it and follow it with all your heart. Surround yourself with like-minded people.
It has been giving me so much clarity and lots of insights into the details of my business. It has been teaching me how to rely on systems in my business and how to organize my time in business as well as outside of my shop.