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Members of the Austin Woman team reveal their dream businesses.

Photos courtesy of staff members

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Olivia Huntley

Marketing Sales Specialist

Although I’ve never formally visited a winery, I love learning about and, of course, drinking really well-crafted wines. But it’s all about the experience and the ambiance. So, naturally, my “place of business” would be a sprawling winery where wine enthusiasts could relax by a wood-burning fire and taste an endless selection of whites and reds. Furry friends are welcome too. 🙂

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Janelle Marquez

Marketing Intern

If I had the means to create my own dream business, I would develop a high-end mobile consignment business. I am not talking thrift, but a model similar to TheRealReal who extends the “life cycle of luxury goods.” I would do the same but would go to the seller’s house and curate their closet. They would identify a section of clothing they no longer want, and I would keep the items with the greatest potential to sell, marketing them on several platforms both virtually and in person. I want to create a business model that embraces the new market. I have worked both consignment and high-end boutiques. My model would merge the two. The convenience to the seller along with a greater return for them over resale would make my mobile consignment business a hit!

Parke Ballantine

Director of Events and Brand Strategy

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I’ve always wanted to own a social club. An inclusive event venue and gathering space for the arts and community. As an events professional I began my career as a bartender where I loved being a hostess, entertainer and connector for many years. I’ve also maintained an artistic habit and have many friends who are creative in one medium or another. It’s been a passion of mine to provide a space that brings people together and expands resources, connections, ideas and movements. I imagine lots of dance parties, artistic creation, workshops, dinners and impromptu gatherings in this club of mine. If I could work a pool, hot tub and fire pit into this dream as well, then I’d have my own full live/work fantasy.

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Monica Godinez

Editorial Intern

From an early age, I have witnessed my mother support minority groups in a variety of ways. As a member of the Latinx community, I hope to one day do the same. That is why if I were a business owner, I would directly support small businesses experiencing language and resource barriers. My team would consist of business, marketing and legal advisors helping Latinx businesses through their life cycle.

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Dawn Weston

Publisher

I’d love to own a little artisan market that sells locally sourced goods. Supporting local artisans, farmers and purveyors is a passion of mine, and it would be an opportunity to provide another outlet to bring those goods to the community. My great-grandparents owned a neighborhood market. I love to hear the stories of my mom and aunt spending their summer days working at the family market. By the time I was born the market was closed, but the old pictures hold strong roots.

Cy White

Managing Editor

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I’ve been writing about South Korean music for a decade now. Befriending my fair share of musicians from the peninsula, I’ve got a soft spot for those without the major backing of a large entertainment company. I won’t get into the details, but trust me when I say these artists (most of them kids under 25, but many adults struggling to support their families) are in desperate need of someone in their corner. I’ve developed a deep desire to create my own promo and distribution company to foster and support working-class artists who scrape by busking in the Hongdae Playground or playing for little compensation in the many Hongdae dive bars at night while holding down 9-to-5s during the day.


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