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

Hi Janel, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
My passion for this craft is probably the most important factor behind my success. Plus my true love of connecting with people! Learning a new skill is quite rewarding so students leave each workshop with a sense of accomplishment, memories and the desire to continue creating at home. Passing along that passion makes my heart happy!

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think my goal to inspire, empower and encourage everyone that I meet really sets me apart.

Plus this concept isn’t very common! I pop up at various breweries, restaurants, clothing boutiques, parks and plant stores in Colorado Springs to offer beginner friendly macrame workshops. It’s really unique because the experience at each business and workshop feels different. I get most excited about the relationships I’ve built along the way, from the local business owners and staff to the repeat students that have become friends.

It was not easy in the beginning, I had my vision and reached out to every small business in town that I enjoyed patronizing but most weren’t interested or ignored me. Places like Carnelian Coffee, Metric Brewing, The Local Honey Co, The Living Room Plants and Oskar Blues Downtown are my original supporters who believed in me all along. These days I teach regularly at a few spots or sometimes new businesses will reach out to me for workshops and want to have this fun time in their space. It’s always mind blowing when that happens!!

I’m a lifetime artist with more than 20 years experience in fiber art and my connection to rope runs deep. My great grandfather was a rope maker with his own rope store in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. When I work with rope and share this skill I feel peace deep within my soul…like I’m somehow honoring my ancestors…so all of this really feels like a dream come true.

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?
We’d definitely start each day with a hike or yoga! And we HAVE to check out all the tourist spots like Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak and the Royal Gorge Bridge. I always take my visitors to Swirl in Manitou or Shuga’s for dinner/drinks and they never disappoint.

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?
Rachel Young, owner of The Living Room in Colorado Springs.

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4OH Photography

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