Small Business Saturday

July 22, 2019

Sweetly Scooped Ice Cream

During this week’s episode of Small Business Saturday Philadelphia, we sat down with Marek Sulzynski (and his wonderful family – Julien, Flore, and Ellie) from Sweetly Scooped. Located in Jenkintown, Sweetly Scooped is a family-friendly ice cream parlor serving up unique ice cream dishes and shakes!

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July 1, 2019

Ristorante Aroma

Located at 11th and Pine in Philadelphia, Ristorante Aroma aims to introduce all of their customers to the true Italian way – enjoying life through food.

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June 24, 2019

Creep Records

During this week’s episode of Small Business Saturday Philadelphia, we had the opportunity to chat with Will Angelos from Creep Records. Creep Records is a record store, smoke shop, and gallery all in one!

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By Devon
June 17, 2019

Cycle Brewerytown

During this week’s episode of Small Business Saturday Philadelphia, we sat down with Tiffany Wallace from Cycle Brewerytown.

Cycle Brewerytown – The Story

Seven years ago, Tiffany went through a major life change. At the time, she was working for her husband. Tiffany’s job involved doing various financial and accounting duties when she decided it was time for her to branch out on her own.

She quit her job, left her husband, and decided to pursue her passion for spinning. Tiffany suffers from severe anxiety and cycling has impacted her life very positively. Before she started her business, she could never see herself as a cycling instructor, let alone a business owner. Cycling has helped her manage her anxiety by helping her focus and stop thinking about all of the nonsense going on in her mind.

She is originally from Miami but found herself in Philadelphia a few years ago. In pursuit of a potential spinning career, she worked as a cycling instructor, teaching classes at different cycling studios throughout the city.

Cycle Brewerytown - Photo Wall

For years, her life was traveling to different studios to teach and training clients privately in between classes. Tiffany moved to Brewerytown and one of her clients suggested that she open her own cycling studio in Brewerytown because there was none nearby or in the neighborhood. She initially put the idea off because she had no money and did not think a cycling studio would be successful at that time.

Fast forward a few years later, Tiffany gained a business partner who pushed her to pursue her dreams. Now, Cycle Brewerytown has been open and serving the community for 2 years!

Cycle Brewerytown – The Vision

Tiffany always had a clear picture of what she wanted Cycle Brewerytown to be – a studio revolving around Hip-Hop. This studio is all about hip-hop.

During her days as a traveling spin instructor, Tiffany got in trouble for the kind of music she wanted to play during her classes. She was told it was too “dirty” or “explicit.” Tiffany likes unedited versions of songs by artists like Meek Mill and Rick Ross. She wanted to create a space where that type of music was welcomed and embraced.

Cycle Brewerytown - Spin Class

Tiffany believes that this music motivates a lot of people more than other music like EDM or Pop music.

Apart of cycling classes, there are also…

Conditioning Classes

These classes are all about conditioning the body. They include exercises with battle ropes or jump ropes to get the heart rate up.

Weight Bearing Circuit Classes

During these classes, you will work with different types of weights like kettlebells, and dumbbells while using a resistance band.

Ride and Conditioning Classes

These classes incorporate both cycling and condition exercises. This class is a 30 minute split between the two workouts – cycling and conditioning.

Ride and Flow Classes

Tiffany’s favorite class – this option is a cycling class followed by a 30 minute, all hip-hop yoga flow instruction.

Do any of these sound enticing? Book you next ride at Cycle Brewerytown!

Cycle Brewerytown - Storefront

For more information about Cycle Brewerytown, check out their website at https://www.cyclebrewerytown.com/ where you can find their full class schedule – You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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By Devon
June 10, 2019

Kink Shoppe

During this week’s episode of Small Business Saturday Philadelphia, we sat down with Fred Hoverman, owner and founder of Kink Shoppe. Located in Old City, Kink Shoppe is not your typical sex toy shop. Kink strives to promote a sex-positive, upscale shopping experience for everyone. At Kink, the goal is to make all customers feel welcomed and comfortable, both shopping and asking questions.

If you thought past Small Business Saturday features – like Mad Rex and Omkara Tattoo – were unique, wait until you read about this week’s featured business! In honor of pride month, we have connected with our friends as Kink Shoppe to bring you a special edition of Small Business Saturday.

Kink Shoppe – The Story

Fred started his career as a mechanical engineer. After years in the field and throughout many different jobs, he started to get bored and burnt out.

During this time, Fred started to consider going back to school to further his education. He started to ask himself – “If I were to go back to school, what would I want to do?”

After years of dwelling on it, Fred kept coming back to one thing – sex therapy.

Fred believed that in pursuing sex therapy, he could truly help people in their relationships and, overall, their lives. Halfway through submitting his applications for a few different masters and doctoral programs in sex education, Fred decided that he didn’t have as much time or money to devote to the program as he would like.

So – what now?

He knew that he still wanted to enhance peoples lives through sex and pleasure. So, he decided to open a high-end sex boutique. He wanted this space to make people feel comfortable in exploring their sexuality, asking questions, and learning about different products.

And that’s exactly what he did.

Kink Shoppe opened its doors seven years later, in 2012. The shop itself is a converted art gallery space. Fred aimed to keep the open, airy feeling of an art gallery in the store layout. The store also features lots of artwork on the walls, a nod to the location’s art background.

Kink Shoppe

In 2017, five years after opening their doors, Kink Shoppe won Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly award for Best Unintimidating X-Rated Shop. This award was a huge deal to Fred and the shop as this is exactly what the goal was when the shop was opened.

Kink Shoppe – Getting Started

For a business like this, it is hard to get funding. Because of the industry that the shop is in, banks will not give any type of loan or support to the business.

Kink Shoppe - Storefront

Even though Kink Shoppe is high-end and education based, it is looped in with other businesses within the sex industry that may not be as appealing to investors.

So, if you are in this industry and need startup money, you have to rely on friends and family. Or, you can do what Fred did – peer-to-peer funding. The rest of the business’ startup money came from Fred out of pocket.

Kink Shoppe – The Products

Everything in the story is body safe. This is extremely important to the Kink team because there are toxic sex toys on the market that may be hard to spot. These toys can result in things like chemical burns and other harmful side effects.

Fred uses an array of industry sources and suggestions from industry bloggers to find products.

Everything in Kink is hand-picked and curated by Fred himself. This ensures that everything is high-quality and safe.

All of the items in shop are either made with silicone or ABS plastic – this means that the toys will not trap any dirt or harmful bacteria.

Another big part of the business for Kink Shoppe is events.

Kink hosts an array of different events throughout the year. For example, every first Friday of the month, Kink hosts First Friday Bondage demos, also referred to as “Rope Night.” This event showcases Shibari, the Japanese art of rope bondage. This event is free to attend and $5 to be tied up – the next one will be on Friday, July 5th!

Kink Shoppe - Bondage Demos

Other Kink events include private birthday parties, bachelorette parties, private shopping, and other, rotating workshops.

For more information about Kink Shoppe, check out their website at https://www.kinkshoppe.com/  – You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

To stay up-to-date on the Small Business Saturday Project, make sure you are following us on Facebook and Instagram.

Know someone who would be a great fit for Small Business Saturday? Nominate them below:

By Devon
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