As co-owner of e-commerce company Culture Flock Clothing, Summer Trottier viewed the business’ creation in 2013 as an exciting challenge that forced her to take risks, find opportunities and build confidence in her decision-making.
Five years later, she and fellow owner and wife Brittany Bilyeu took the leap into a brick-and-mortar venture, opening their first store in Galloway Creek.
She credits building relationships with wholesale clients as a key to the evolution and success of the company, which emphasizes brands that are women- or minority-owned and create a feeling of empowerment and inclusiveness.
Away from Culture Flock, Trottier has previously served on grant committees with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and co-founded and organized the Queen City Craft Show festival.
What are you doing to make the Ozarks better? We are proud to be part of a growing diverse population in the Ozarks and want our shop and workshop space to feel intersectional, inclusive and welcoming to everyone.
What app gets you through the day? Instagram.
What’s your most treasured possession? My grandparents’ vinyl collection. They owned so many records of the jazz greats and listening to their collection makes me feel close to them.
What did you learn the hard way? Being your true self is the key to everything.
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Hollie Elliott, executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, explains how local schools factor into business decisions and affect a local community.
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Caleb Scott, owner and coach of Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football, says the early grind was hard, but it was worth it. The team is in their second season carrying a national ranking of number 2 in the NFA IDFL.
Barak Hill, local musician and entrepreneur, tells about his switch to livestreaming in 2020. He says it was a necessary move, but also not an easy one.
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Hollie Elliott, the executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, discusses some of the ways helping small town businesses is different than in larger cities. The Dallas County Economic Development Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit aimed at helping local existing and new businesses in the county.