We had the good fortune of connecting with Danza Huey and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Danza, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
There are so many new party card games out there that we forgot about our favorite classic card games which created most of our childhood or adulthood memories. Remember Old Maid, Presidents, or Authors? I wondered if a brand could “mash up” the card games of the past with the new and exciting gameplay elements of party card games today. Introducing Mash Up! Mash Up is here to bring classic card games to the 21st century for the 21 and up crowd and the 21st century kid. As a new party card brand bringing back so many classic card games from around the world , Mash Up is just getting started! Join the Mash Up party!

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I grew up playing so many classic card games with my entire family almost every Sunday at my grandmothers house in Baton Rouge. I want to take the nostalgia of classic card games that I hold near and dear and bring it to the 21st century party crowd, and beyond. In only being in business for 8 months, I have only gotten this far by shooting my shot! After only being in business for two months, Mash Up was accepted into Target’s new accelerator program Target Forward Founders, which selected 30 early stage, industry disrupting brands out of 1,300+ brands to learn the ins and outs of mass retail. Upon completing this very hard but amazing transformative experience and learning what it takes to scale a brand to reach mass retail success, Mash Up is scaling and continuing to shoot my shot everywhere! We are now hosting game nights at Nappy Root’s brewery, Atlanta’s second Black-owned brewery, Atlantucky, in addition to coming to Amazon in Q2 2022, securing features in both LSU and Georgia Tech alumni publications, and many many more great things in the works. Mash Up is here to build an evergreen party card brand that will be in the world for generations to come.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I have so many favorite spots around Atlanta! I usually spend time in areas in the city to dine, drink, and hang out. I typically hang out in Sandy Springs, Smyrna / Truist Park, Buckhead, Midtown, Downtown, Inman Park, Reynoldstown, Little Five Points, Grant Park, and College Park. With so many new restaurants, bars, and venues popping up all over the city, the list never stops growing!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to the village of family and friends around me. They have all motivated me in ways beyond measure! From hearing my crazy idea of a party card brand to joining me on this amazing journey of building a company and brand from the ground up. I would not be here with them!

Website: www.mashupcards.com

Instagram: @mashupcardgame

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mashup-partygames/

Twitter: @mashupcardgame

Image Credits
Personal Photo: Mhandy Gerard Photography

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