We had the good fortune of connecting with Becky Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Becky, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
With regards to risk taking, generally if something nags me on a constant basis, I know it’s time to take a leap of faith. Opening a retail store scores high in that category, but it is something that I was hell-bent on trying and I also knew that I was looking for something creative to satisfy my soul at this time in my life.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Modern Nomad Home is my namesake store within Modern Nomad, a collective of 10 small, locally-owned businesses. We just passed our 3-year anniversary which feels pretty incredible in the retail world, not to mention the last 9 months which have been extremely difficult due to Covid-19. Working within a collective is rewarding, yet has it challenges when you consider that 10 tenants – all in different stages of their respective businesses – work together as a whole. When I had the idea to open Modern Nomad, I knew I wanted to work within a group vs having my own brick-and-mortar experience. Opening is retail store is hard enough and the thought of sharing a space with other like-minded businesses sounded more attractive. That said, managing 9 tenants and personalities comes with a lot of joy, yet sometimes we don’t all see eye-to-eye. This aspect of the business has been challenging, but communication and sharing the same/visions and goals is key. Modern Nomad is unique in that we are a retail establishment without demising walls. We all believe in an experiential shopping experience – and we all have a great time curating that for our customers.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Modern Nomad of course! Union Station, Central Market, Ramble Hotel, Rino Restaurants and retail, Denver Botanic Gardens, City Park.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shout out to Kate Bailey of @_tarraco for being such a huge supporter and champion of small, women-owned businesses. She’s always inquisitive and looking for ways to help small businesses thrive and grow in this climate. She was supportive of me from Day 1.
Kelly Shroads Merne Judson III