Young Entrepreneurs at Clifton Collective

Young Entrepreneurs at Clifton Collective

We are known for supporting small and Midwest makers, but did you know we also support and stock goods from young makers? That's right, we have a few young entrepreneurs and makers currently stocked in our shop - APL Girls, Reese Rea Designs, and jewelry maker, Haddie Castillo! We asked a couple of them to answer some questions about their businesses -- check out what they said! 

Haddie Castillo - Jewelry Maker:
Q: How did you get the idea for your business?
A: The idea of my necklaces came from looking online at jewelry.  I tried to make many of mine my own style. 

Q: How long have you been making your products?
A: 
I've made these necklaces for about a year. Every year it seems I'm making a new craft or jewelry of some kind; like polymer clay figurines, clay beaded bracelets, etc -- and right now I'm making crocheted small stuffed animals. 

Q: Where do you see your business in 5 years?
A: 
It's fun to create new things and I'd like to be able to sell more and different kinds of products in the future.

Q: What do you like best about being an entrepreneur? 
A: 
As an entrepreneur I like to make people happy with the things I've made.

Reese Rea Designs - Clay Earring Maker:
Q: 
How did you get the idea for your business?
A: I got my idea for my business by searching online. I love being crafty and wanted to try something new! I loved the idea of creating clay earrings and my family helped me buy the supplies and I started getting creative with my designs! 

Q: How long have you been making your products?
A: I started making my clay earrings last summer and started selling to close friends and family.
 
Q: Where do you see your business in 5 years?
A: I see my business in 5 years hopefully getting bigger! I want to perfect a few things and hope to put them online for more people to enjoy! 

Q: What do you like best about being an entrepreneur? 
A: The best thing about being an entrepreneur is coming up with my own ideas and making  those ideas come to life. Primarily the money I make goes into making more earrings but it is fun to make my own money!

APL Girls - Jewelry Makers:
The APL Girls sell handcrafted bracelets at Clifton. They were even featured on Good Day Kansas! Check out the full video here.
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Are you a young maker or the parent of a young maker and interested in selling your items at Clifton? Let's get in touch! Send us an email at info@cliftoncollective.com to start the conversation!