We had the good fortune of connecting with Isabelle Garver and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Isabelle, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I am not a risk taker by any means. If you asked me to describe myself, “rule follower” would be at the top of my list of traits I’d use. I’ve navigated life overthinking every decision, from going back and forth on what my college major should be, to talking myself out of getting a small tattoo. Taking risks can be overwhelming and scary, and the outcome a little too unpredictable for my taste, But then in March of 2020, the pandemic hit, and the fate of the world looked a little uncertain. After spending 6 weeks with no work and nothing to do, I decided to take a risk and start my business. I launched for Mother’s Day, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Almost a year later, I still struggle to put myself out there, and I’m not sure if I’d strip away my “rule follower” title, but I do know that that first big risk has really payed off.
What should our readers know about your business?
Over the last year running my cookie business, especially those first 6 months, I’ve had to be very persistent in creating, advertising, and posting, regardless of sales and inquiries. It was a slow start, but I’m proud of the way I stuck with it, even when it felt like my business would never take off. I’ve learned that I really have to put myself out there and take risks in order to see growth.
The farther I get into this cookie venture of mine, the more excited I get for my future. I hope to one day have a commercial kitchen and own a little store front bakery. Right now, I’m able to make personal connections with and really get to know my customers. What I’ve got with my small business feels more like a community of friends to me, and I hope it always stays that way.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
One of my absolute favorite things to do in Denver is see a show at the DCPA. I love the Buell, but the Space Theater is my favorite; the shows are much more intimate and the concepts are hard hitting. A fancy show would be followed by a fancy dinner at Avelina near Union Station, We spend the next day at the Denver Art Museum, followed by a stroll down 16th Street and happy hour marg’s at Otra Vez. Another one of my favorite things to do is see an Indie movie at the Mayan Theatre. Nearby is Punch Bowl Social, a fun group hangout spot. We could spend another day over on Tennyson street, at a place that has two of my favorite things, Bookbar, followed by a small walk south to get to a place that has two of my other favorite things, a cat café called Denver Cat Company. Finally, the last day would be spent getting brunch at Sam’s #3, a walk around downtown Denver, a trip to Rocket Fizz, late lunch at German restaurant Rhein Haus, and lastly a primetime game at Mile High Stadium.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have so many people I could dedicate my shoutout to. First, my brothers, for so many years of love and friendship. My parents, for always supporting me on any endeavor and pushing me to be the best version of myself. My high school art teacher, Mr. Ng, for mentoring me and expanding my horizons, and for encouraging me to pursue a career in which I could be creative. Most importantly, my amazing husband, for being by my side through the long hours, cheering me on, and always championing for my success; my nights would be much longer without my little cookie assistant.
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