We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicolr Wolsey-Neech and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicolr, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Saving money once we started turning a profit. My mom was in the banking industry for years and told me when I opened up my business to save money once we started turning a profit. That has helped us especially this year. When we had to close for a few months this year due to Covid-19 we were lucky that we had some money to live on and that we could pay rent and utilities on a space that was sitting there closed. People tend to throw all their profits back into their business…and mostly we do but save some money as well.
What should our readers know about your business?
Jolly Goods a gift store that sells handmade items from over 60 local artists as well as clothing jewelry and other unique gifts that you cannot find everywhere else. I started out the business on a whim. I was a nanny and certified elementary school teacher who just wanted to try something new. When I was student teaching I started to make jewelry as a way to earn some income. Fast forward 4 years later and after doing so many local craft shows with my jewelry line and meeting so many other amazing local artisans I decided to open up a gift store. I found a space, and opened up within a month. The store 8 1/2 years ago looked very different to the store currently. We learned to adapt to what sells, and what our customers are looking for and that has been a huge reason for our success. I mean I would love to say it is my natural charm and beauty (and humor) that brings people in….but truthfully it was a lot of hard work, tears and frustration that made the business what it is today
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
-Get donuts at Berkeley Donuts -Eat dinner at Root Down (their banana creme brulee dessert is my favorite) -Denver Art Museum trip -Red Rocks
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?