Today we’d like to introduce you to Anna Kim.
Hi Anna, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I freelanced on wedding events for a long time and felt like I needed my own space. Old Ellicott City has always had a special place in my heart, and I loved the area’s atmosphere. While looking for rooms, I found a very small studio with stone walls and wooden beams in the interior. I set up shop and opened within 2 weeks, but not long after, I had to shut down because of the pandemic in March. I reopened in June. I was able to continue till today, thanks to all the customers who continued to support me and show love through social media. Gott Efni was able go exist due to everyone’s support.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
As soon as I opened the shop, it was shut down due to the pandemic. It was hard to settle down, and I was worried about being able to connect with the community. However, everyone showed great love and support, and I felt welcomed and grateful.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I originally specialized in wedding decor and flowers but also began to carry plants and learned that all living things need love and care to grow. Since the Old Ellicott City area is a historic district with a beautiful aesthetic, my shop being the size it was, was known to be a whimsical and cozy space, much like a hobbit hole. I try my best to look for and curate the store’s interior and the items I carry in the shop to make it a one-of-a-kind experience for the customers. I’m very proud that my hard work and style are appreciated with so much love and support from customers and the community.
Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
It’s important to create relationships with customers. They taught me many things about the business and the importance of connecting with the community.
- Website: gottefni.com
- Instagram: @gottefni
Isabel Talanehzar Marlayna Demond Sean Kim