Need a little mood pick me up? Need a little extra dose of inspiration? Our newest Business Love profile features Hazel & Dewey and their online and brick and mortar store to delight your senses and fuel your inspiration. From amazing cookbooks to great kitchen gadgets, they are sure to get you ready to try a new recipe. Still haven’t written holiday thank you notes? (Like, myself.) They have the cutest stationary. Need to make some to do lists? I got the cutest notepad there. (See below.) Browsing their store or their website, it is easy to see how their motto, “if you have to live with it, you should love it,” is applied to how owner Jenna curated her store. Because shouldn’t we all surround ourselves with what we truly love? Check out our full interview owner and founder, Jenna Miles.
Business Love: Hazel & Dewey
Tell me about your background, both professionally and personally.
I baked my first cake, on my own, at 9 years old. I’ve been unstoppable ever since! Before finishing college, I spent several years working in restaurants as a sous chef and baker. When it was time for a change, I went back to college, earning a BFA in studio arts and art history. From there, I went on to work in art galleries and non-profits, picking up small business management skills along the way.
What inspired you to open Hazel + Dewey?
I’d always wanted my own business and retail seemed like a good fit. Looking around at Denver’s retail scene, and given my background, I felt there were no options for finding unique goods for the kitchen and home. I wanted a store that I would go to for handmade gifts and that special something to make my home stand out.
What are ways you find the work/life balance?
Yoga keeps me sane. I have to go at least once a week. Also, getting outside, whether it be a walk around a park or a hike in the mountains. My partner and I set aside time to do this together every week. Having that break makes me more productive when I come back to work.
How do you choose which products and brands you carry?
Hazel & Dewey’s motto is, “if you have to live with it, you should love it”. The main thing I look for in a product is quality construction. I want products that are made to last, that can be passed down from generation to generation. I prefer to work with individual artists and small companies who you won’t find in the big box shops. I will always take a local maker over all others. After that, my criteria includes: aesthetic design, retail cost, and functionality.
What motivates you professionally?
Denver has a fantastic community of makers and a wonderful network of small businesses who support those makers, as well as each other. Being a part of that is my biggest motivation.
What is your favorite part about being a small business owner/entrepreneur?
My favorite part is how awesome our customers are and how much they appreciate what we do. Also, I love to curate and the store allows me to tap into this with what I call the “everyday art” that we carry.
What are your favorite and least favorite parts of your day-to-day work routine?
My favorite part is looking for new products, it’s like a treasure hunt, or else I’m just a researcher at heart. My least favorite part is staying on top of the paperwork, there’s a lot to keep track of!
What is on your music playlist currently?
Christine & the Queens
What do you love most about living in Colorado?
The mountains. I’m a fifth generation Coloradan and I honestly don’t think I could survive without that pine scented air and glorious blue sky.
What books are you reading and/or looking forward to reading?
I read constantly, mostly fiction, but especially mysteries. I’ve just finished the most recent book in the charming Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley and am anxiously awaiting the new Tana French, which I’ve requested from the library but may end up buying. I’ve just started a book called The Motion of Puppets by Keith Donohue, about a woman who becomes trapped in an enchanted puppet and may only be released from the enchantment if her husband recognizes her in this altered form.
What does contemporary bohemian mean to you?
I always think of bohemians in the artistic sense. When the French began to use the term in the early 19th century, it referred to artists and musicians who lived outside of social norms, they eschewed the rules of convention and created/lived on their own terms. Many of my favorite works of art were created during this time. In a fashion sense, I see unrestricted lines, free-flowing drapes, and a devil-may-care attitude. In life, I see it as living by your own rules and doing what makes you happy.
If there is anything else that you would like to add, please do!
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s that you should never be afraid to follow your heart. Even if things don’t turn out the way you’ve planned, something wonderful will always come from listening to your heart.