We had the good fortune of connecting with Shenna Drain and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shenna, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I had a candle making business years ago in West Virginia, where I am from. For various reasons, the business ended, however when I moved to Denver I knew I wanted to find a way to bring it back to life. I’ve been in the restaurant industry for 12 years, so when corona shut the world down I had nothing but time on my hands. Thanks to a successful kickstarter campaign, dirty hippie returned! This last year has been a rollercoaster trying to juggle a full time job and a full time side hustle. As of June, I will be focusing on dirty hippie full time.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
right now, I am so proud of the dirty hippie CO Pride box I created for the month of June. you get a rainbow candle and bunch of other Pride themed goodies. $5 from every box goes to the Center on Colfax. growing up in a more conservative place, I never would have imagined that I could do things like this with my business. also, I am so proud and excited that dirty hippie is now my full time job. I cannot wait to see what fun things I can pump out this year without the distraction of working somewhere else for 40 hours a week. you’re going to want to stay tuned to see what I come up with next!
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.
I love to just wander around Rino and check out all of the art. we would definitely go up to the mountains – probably Brainard Lake – that’s one of my favorite spots. maybe check out a Rockies game, baseball games are fun even if you’re not into sports. I have a list of restaurants I’ve been dying to try so I’m sure we would be eating out a lot.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wouldn’t be where I am today without the undying support of my parents. They’ve always been my personal cheerleaders. My partner, Jules always keeps me in the right mindset. She always finds a way to make me forget about any doubts I have. I also have an amazing circle of friends that are always down to give me constructive criticism and sniff whatever new scent I’ve come up with.
Eva Juliana Rodriguez Ortiz