We had the good fortune of connecting with Janna Marmon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Janna, how do you think about risk?
I truly believe that by taking risks, you are allowing yourself to grow. If you are forever in your comfort zone, how will you ever learn something new? I will admit that I am much more willing to take risks when I know that the outcome will mainly impact me, rather than others. As a sole proprietor, I take risks often. However, when I was an employee, I was a bit more apprehensive. The thought of failing and letting myself down is less intimidating than failing and letting a boss or an entire team down.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an independent designer with a focus in branding, packaging, illustration & lettering. I love partnering with passionate entrepreneurs in bringing their unique messages to life through captivating visuals and strategic storytelling. After gaining experience in the industry through working at an agency for a number of years, I set out on my own a year and a half ago to pave my own path. Since making the leap, I have been challenged in the best ways and am continuously learning and growing, both as an individual as well as an entrepreneur. I find that my excitement and passion for a project often comes from the energy and character of the clients that I work with. I thrive when working with clients that are madly in love with what they’re doing. Creative freedom matched with constructive criticism and collaborative ideation is the key to a partnership filled with good energy and momentum and ultimately leads to work that both my clients and I are truly proud of. In addition to running a design business, my husband and I also own and operate a vacation rental. We stumbled upon the opportunity 3 years ago when we bought a little farmette in Erie that we now call home. Together we renovated the living space above the garage (also known as the carriage house) and turned it into a cozy home-away-from-home for guests visiting the area. We started with a blank slate, which as a designer, was the ultimate dream. From the custom, built-in dining table to DIY, concrete countertops, Ben and I spent 2 years fabricating the design ideas in our heads. It was a major undertaking and we certainly learned a lot along the way, but it is so rewarding knowing that we are able to share our little slice of Colorado heaven with others. Our focus now is on providing our guests with the best experience possible during their stay with us as well as daydreaming about future fixer-uppers and rental properties.
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.
Breakfast: Denver Biscuit Co. (Denver), The Huckleberry (Louisville), Snooze (Denver, Westminster or Boulder) Lunch: The Milk Market (Denver), Denver Central Market (Denver), Teocalli Cocina (Lafayette), The Corner Bar (Boulder), Lefty’s Pizza (Niwot) Dinner: The Ale House (Denver), Georgia Boys BBQ (Frederick), Parma Trattoria & Mozzarella Bar (Louisville), Jax (Denver or Boulder), Osaka Ramen (Denver), The Post (Lafayette), Twin Forks Tavern (Morrison) Drinks: Improper City (Denver), 4 Noses (Broomfield), Gunbarrel Brewing (Gunbarrel), Avery Brewing Co. (Gunbarrel), Industrial Revolution Brewing (Erie), The Old Mine (Erie), Little Machine (Denver) Sweets: Sweet Cow (Louisville or Boulder), Chocolaterie Stam (Lafayette), Peace, Love & Chocolate (Boulder), Gelato Boy (Boulder) Sight-seeing: Rocky Mountain National Park, Red Rocks, Chautauqua Park, Garden of the Gods Towns/Areas to Explore: Rino, Frisco, Pearl Street (Boulder), Leadville Activities: Hiking (anywhere in Colorado), Thrifting/Antiquing (Fort Collins, Denver, Longmont, Lafayette), Camping (anywhere in the mountains), Hot Air Balloon Ride (Lafayette)
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 would like to give a shoutout to my husband, Ben, who continuously encourages me to take chances and is always there to provide his left-brained perspective on any and all topics (which comes in very handy as somebody who is most definitely right-brain dominant).
Website: ramblinjan.co / www.airbnb.com/h/little-luck-farmette
Instagram: @ramblin.jan / @little.luck.farmette
Headshot: Mariana Ziegler Vive Organic: Work Completed while at Interact Boulder Welcome to India: Work Completed while at Interact Boulder