I (Kristen) met Carol DiMarco at the Spring Holistic Expo on Staten Island in April 2016. At the time, I didn’t know that she had a big plan for her current shop and was actually scouting out different artists. Receiving a phone call from one of Carol’s associates about a month after the show asking me to bring our products into Zen Artisan Gift Shoppe was serendipitous to me, but as an entrepreneur with a huge vision, it was all part of Carol’s plan.
Carol DiMarco is the owner of Blue Label Design, always having an eye for creativity and interest in the holistic arts, Carol became certified to practice Reiki. Partnering with Anthony Schifano, who is a licensed masseur and wellness advocate at Zen Health & Wellness Center, the idea of Zen Artisan Gift Shoppe was born. Located at 1600 Richmond Road in the Dongan Hills section of Staten Island (across the street from the Dongan Hills Public Library), Zen is a little taste of Sag Harbor, Cape May, New Hope in Staten Island.
DiMarco explains: “I have always tried to help people that wanted to start their own business so the combo [of a wellness center and a gift shop] was a no brainer. We have soaps, candles, artwork, essential oils, incense, stones, banners, chimes, etc. After meeting Bath, Body, and Candle Moments at the Spring Expo, I loved the soaps and the packaging. I want to bring in workshops to teach people about holistic health, overall wellness, natural alternatives, and art. We’re always looking for more artists and instructors.”
After stopping by the shop last week to see how everything was going, Carol and I discussed translating my educational experience, with my art, and my knowledge of business. She asked if I would be willing to teach a workshop. After much discussion and collaboration, I am proud to announce that I will be teaching a workshop series at Zen: How to Turn Your Craft into a Small Business.
The series will be broken down into four one-hour workshops:
The goal is to teach and encourage creative entrepreneurship. I am very fortunate to have had the guidance of many powerful women entrepreneurs, and the mistakes of starting my own business from the ground-up, I am excited to teach others from my experience and knowledge.
I hope you will join us at one of the workshops, or if you aren’t looking to start your own business and just love art and wellness, please stop by Zen! If you have any particular questions that you would like for me to address at these workshops, please comment below.
*Photo credits – courtesy of Zen Artisan Gift Shoppe, as seen in the Staten Island Advance.