There’s a common misconception that women are cut-throat. Actually, there’s more than one common misconception about women, but let’s just focus on this one for now.
I hear this often in regard to women holding powerful positions: women in politics can’t be good for the country - they’re far too emotional and dramatic to work with others on international policies. And women in business? Forget about it. All we do is fight with our competition, right?
A Charlotte business challenging this belief is Girl Tribe Co. In 2011, Carrie Barker and Sarah Baucom met for a 6-hour coffee date that resulted in the creation of their own female-focused boutique and a social movement designed to empower women who empower other women. (Fun fact, I went to the very first Girl Tribe brunch and have a tank top from that event...maybe I should wear it next week!)
Girl Tribe Co. does pop up events all over the nation featuring female-owned businesses. The idea is to showcase women who build each other up than cutting each other down - and that’s a message I can get behind.
The organization believes in community over competition, and this is one of the primary reasons I love them so much. They also make unbelievably cute clothes, which is a huge plus.
When they were taking applications for their Charlotte pop-up on April 27-28, I sent in mine and crossed my fingers. Because they’re such an amazing organization to work with and the exposure at their pop-ups is huge for burgeoning businesses, getting chosen to be a vendor is a big honor.
Getting my acceptance was one of the most exciting things that has ever happened to me as a business owner. It was a sign to me that as an entrepreneur, I am living up to the spirit of community over competition.
As a vendor with Girl Tribe Co., I’ll be set up at the Charlotte Convention Center on April 27 and 28 from 12-5 p.m. with all my favorite products from my website: prosecco pong, my gold “congrats” cake topper, CELEBRATE and HAPPY BIRTHDAY balloon kits, and, new to the store, my “pop, fizz, cheers” napkins.
Because this is such a special event for me, though, I wanted to do more. In addition to a ton of favorites from my online store that you’ll be able to check out in person, I’ll also have brand new products available that won’t be on my store just yet!
Some of the new things that I’ll have for the first time ever:
And I’ll likely bring more. It’s the perfect opportunity for you to see what I offer in person before purchasing, and it’s a great opportunity to come meet me and talk with me about what event planning entails.
I really hope I get to see you there. Come out to show support for the women-owned businesses in the Charlotte area - when we prioritize community over competition, we all win.
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The J. Leigh Events team is expanding! This month we welcomed two new additions, both of whom happen to be named Sam. Head here to learn more about our new project manager, Sam Kimball, and our new event planner, Sam Poler.