We had the good fortune of connecting with Paulette (Pennie) Gaudi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paulette (Pennie), can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My family have been running their own businesses for years. We lived on a Ranch in California and watching my dad run a business and how to handle situations got me into retail. I have worked in a few Great company’s in the past that set me up for success. So I knew before I was 50 years old I wanted to have my own business and life presented itself an opportunity when I was 49. a Borgata was born. I knew I wanted to offer a place where Artists and Craftspeople could showcase their wares and not be over priced for rents and Commissions. I started with a small store 1300 Sqft and went out and recruited some folks that wanted to join the a Borgata family. After 3 months I had 25 people interested and set up in my store. After a 1 1/2 I need a bigger place and moved to the store I am at today which hosts to over 250 Artists and Craftspeople and 5,000sqft.
What should our readers know about your business?
I started a Borgata in 2013. I quit my corporate job and wanted to have my own business by the age of 50. So I started a Borgata when I was 49 and wanted to help artists and craftspeople by giving them a place to showcase their wares and not have to pay a lot in rents and commissions. So the store was born with only 26 artists and craftspeople in a 1300 sqft store in Windy Point which is between Conifer and Morrison. after a year and 1/2 i had a waiting list so big I needed to expand into a larger store. So we moved to Conifer in the Safeway way center and have been there ever since. Hosting to over 250 artists and craftspeople and over 5,000 sqft of space. I have hired 4 people to help in the store and that way the artists and craftspeople can be home making things ,inside of working the store. To know about me and my story is: Set a plan in. my your mind and don’t be afraid to jump. I stated this on a wing and a pray and here I am today. You have an idea just go for it!! YOU can do anything you put your mind too.
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?
I would of coarse take them to. my store first a Borgata the go over to Morrison, Co. there is a great little restaurant there call The Cow. Great food especially like the breakfast there. Take a walk up and down main street and visit the little shops there. Then we would head over to the Red Rocks Theater and check it out and stop by their gift shop for the Rock and Roll museum there. I would then swing over the the Buffalo Bills Museum and Gift shop and show them the sites of Golden and Denver. then for dinner go the The Fort for dinner and drinks. Love the guy that play’s and flute there and sings.
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?
My shoutout goes to my Sister’s Annette Williams and Janette Gaudi and my Dad Bernard Gaudi They all saw my vision of what I want to do to help Artists and Craftspeople showcase their wares in front of people from all over Colorado. They encouraged me and offered advise some I took and some I ignored., My Dad was always an Entrepreneur and I was excited to flow in his shoes.. Without them I wouldn’t have what I have today. Thank you and love you!