We had the good fortune of connecting with Golar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Golar, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My thought process behind starting my own business was not very long. This came with both perks and repercussions. I wanted to build an organization built on my passions and things that I loved while having complete control over its foundation. I wanted to get out of this mundane and financially draining cycle of wake-work-sleep. And lastly, I wanted to make money, lots of it. So, those were the perks. And because I had not really thought as far as marketing, logistics, FUNDING, and most importantly, a business plan, many repercussions tailed those thoughts when starting my first business.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Haus of Golar was truly birthed from a place of healing. Like many of us during this pandemic, I went through many challenges that led to many unhealthy and unfamiliar habits. My hope is for the Haus of Golar brand to serve as a gentle reminder for all to be more intentional when it comes to taking care of our minds, our bodies and our homes. Our Vybz collection, is the home of Affirmative Aromas which are original and carefully crafted in small batches. Each blended with essential oils properties to help Affirm your mood. The Rest Aroma has been our best seller from both men and women and always brings back repeat customers. In addition to the VYBZ Retail line, we also provide event services where we provide custom aromas and decor for corporate gifts, special events and private label clients.
As a student of Esthetics The SKYN Collection was born as a natural alternative to harmful skin products. Our best seller has been the SKYN Butta Whip in the KOKO scent, (and yes, after Esther Pearl). I am most proud because the current scents are all named after women in my family and will always serve as my personal spirit reminders. While I love SKYN, it is the most challenging. I get all types of request for different products, sizing, etc. However in these early stages sourcing is not the easiest.
I have learned that building a business is no easier than a 9-5 when it comes to the work you have to put in. How I explain to there’s is like this, think about the company you work for and all the systems, policies and standards that they have in play…Well as an owner you are building all of those assets from scratch on top of actually running the business. It is not easy but if you really want it, its worth it.
I am where I am because of my personal network; much gratitude of course but not enough to get me to where I am going. Everyday I am searching for ways to grow that network while still learning new ways to network, learn and most importantly lead.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Okay since my best friend Is is coming to visit this month I will make a little itinerary for us not to stick to lol. Sunday: Brunch at Milk + Honey, Visit High Museum + MODA, and other places DT, and end with bites and drinks at Blu Lagoon. Monday; We are doing brunch at thumbs up diner, Spaland all day unlimited services and then dinner at Hals. Tuesday: We are hiking bihhh (we will pick a trail day of) Drinks and bites at Local Luna, gonna go see DJ Vito at Kiss then end somewhere on Peter St., Wednesday were going to the Hive, before shopping, I live in Buckhead so plenty of mall options nearby, trap museum then either Monaco or Rosebar that night. Thursday Lunch at Superica visit EMEF Gallery, I will have my cans ready so were gonna walk the belt line and tag, No set plans fri/sat were going with the flow lol. I have to take her to the Harolds in Marietta just to compare to Chicago. I love the strip club so either pin-ups or strokers one time. And we may even go to 6 flags because we are childish.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Absolutely, even when I feel alone I know that I’ll always have my one and only mentor watching over. State Representative or Ms. Golar to you but Koko to me. I admit everything I learned about beauty, hygiene and design In my earlier years were from her. In a flyest grandma contest Esther Pearl takes the cake. We practically lived in Marshall Fields and I could always count on some sort of shopping trip on the weekends. She’s also to blame for my expensive test In skin care, perfume and over all self-care. And then there’s the name, there would be no Golar without the Originally OG!
Next its my OG, Big Tiff! My mom is the reason Haus of Golar is even a thing. It was something I’ve had on paper for years. She convinced me set-up a pop up store In my hometown last September, in my hometown, during a pandemic!!! Wow, a challenge for sure but I really pulled it off and its one of the first times I really felt accomplished and successful. So I appreciate for the PUSH and continued support!
And lastly, is my girl Charlie! My fellow Chicago Rattler used to come up with different business ideas in college every other day. And look at us now, owners and such! We always support each other and I love her for that. Running a business is not easy and having a friend who understands the ups and downs of building a brand can be just the support you need to keep going!
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