We had the good fortune of connecting with Shana Stolz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shana, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
One of the most common things I have read, listened to or have been told over the years was that I needed to “niche” down. Focus on one thing. It’s taken me six years to prove that theory wrong. At least for me. I am a “creative”, a maker, a try everything and see what sticks, kinda gal. I love it ALL! Woodworking, jewelry making, painting, sewing, re-purposing, clothing! …. the list goes on. Although, I do believe that you need to find your style, do it well, and create from the heart.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
There’s never been a doubt in my mind that I would own my own business. Someday I’ll have a brick and mortar shop too! I want to create a warm and welcoming space for everyone! Nothing too fancy, nothing from a magazine, just normal everyday life. That doesn’t cost an arm and a leg and one that offers that quality handmade feel. There has been a lot of learning, adapting, struggles and joy! My first business, Rise & Shine Signs, was hand-painted wood signs. That was great, until it wasn’t. Everyone and their dog was doing it and doing it better than me with stencils and vinyl. I just couldn’t compete. You learn and adapt. That’s when jewelry and sewing came back into my life and The Pineapple Market was created. The pineapple represents everything I wanted to bring to the world: warmth, welcome, friendship, community. When you walk into my booth space I want you to feel something! And each and every person will feel something different. This is where the market part of my name comes in. It allows me to be my creative self, and also reach people where they are. So there you have it, The Pineapple Market was born in 2018, after 4 years of sign making, blessed with 3 kids and moving twice. Come on in, sit a spell and we hope you find something special!
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 do live in Colorado, so for ease let’s say my gal pal is showing up late summer/early fall and there are no fires happening. (bless the firefighters). OK! Girls week itinerary: Part 1: We go junking…all day…antique row in Ft Collins and anything in between. Part 2: We’ll eat at the most obscure, hole in the wall, mom and pop restaurants (which we learn by asking our junkin’ friends) My hometown in Windsor has The Border… it’s perfect. Part 3: We have to see the mountains. So we’ll camp and take her up the jeeping trails my family goes on. Part 4: Stop at all the small shops along the way. Part 5: Finish it off with a BBQ with all the friends and family that can make it.
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 found my kind of people at vintage markets. Without the vintage markets I don’t know if I’d be where I am today. I want to shout out ALL of the “friendors”! But to narrow it down, Bernadette and Jennifer over at Old House Vintage Market have been and will continue to always be my rocks of support! They have given me confidence as a creator, business owner and helped make me a better me! Thank you!
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All photos were taken by me, Shana Stolz! 🙂