We had the good fortune of connecting with Laura Whalley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laura, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
Hatch Creatives came from the community of women of around me. Many girls I knew were talking about or dreaming of starting a business or creative endeavor of their own. I realized there was no collective, local space where these women could meet to collaborate and support one another, so creating a community for these ideas and women was born!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Hatch Creatives is a community for creative and entrepreneurial women to find encouragement, collaboration and accountability. In simplest terms, we are about empowering you in your life, both personally and professionally! Hatch was created out of a need in my own community of women. So many girls around me were trying new endeavors or had dreams of something different, so I just wanted to gather us all together to make these things happen! We are still a very new business in a sense that me and my team are all volunteers and doing this out of our own passion for building up women. It hasn’t always been easy (hello Covid) but being an event-based organization and having a year of shut down, we’ve recognized even more how important community is and how much we need each other! I want the world to know that our brand is genuinely for raising up women and not competing with one another! We are not about that life!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In the mornings, I would take my gal pal to all the best coffee shops in South Florida – Wells Coffee, Panther, All Day MIA, Mane in Boca. I’m a museum fan, so I would take her to the Boca or West Palm Art Museum and the PAMM in Miami (that one more for the architecture than anything else). We would of course head to the beach, walk around the Design District and Brickell City Center in Miami, and do some shopping at the Boca Towne Center. Most of our time would be spent eating because you can’t come to Fort Lauderdale and not try some of the yummy restaurants around. Some of my favs are Michael’s Genuine, Harry’s Pizza, Mandolin Aegean Bistro (the Miami spots). And for some smaller favs in Fort Lauderdale, I would head to Hardy Park Bistro, Whale’s Rib, Quvo, and to Louie Bossi’s for brunch.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This shoutout is dedicated to the amazing gals that lead Hatch Creatives with me! Nothing Hatch does would be possible without them and proves our purpose of collaboration—we all bring a different talent and skill to the table and we need to rely on one another to accomplish greater goals. The Hatch leadership team consists of Brendy Garcia, Christine Matousek, Kelly Henke, Jenn Brown and Lauren Kostoff.
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