We had the good fortune of connecting with Sonya & Necota Staples and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sonya & Necota, 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?
We first began camping in 2016, so we could reconnect with each other and heal our marriage. Both our friends and family had a lot of questions regarding what we did while we camping. We soon recognized that in the Black community, there can be a huge gap in knowledge and experience, when it comes to camping and other outdoor activities. We then made it part of our mission to share out experiences and help create diversity in the outdoors. To help everyone feel safe outdoors, we now we provide consultations for the beginner or someone trying to upgrade their setup for camping, off-roading or overlanding.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We are both engineers by trade, so our entire professional careers have been about problem solving. When we camp, off-road or overland, we look at everything in terms of problem solving and finding a solution. You need a bathroom solution, a cooking solution, or storage solutions. Our methods, even when we were learning and making mistakes, were always very solution driven. Now we bring this same approach to helping others plan adventures. When we do consultations, we discuss not only what a person needs, but what their concerns and comfort levels are. We try to address each concern and give solutions that meet a person at their comfort level, so they can enjoy themselves and find peace in the outdoors.
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.
Friend comes to town, let’s go to Bocado for some early evening drinks and excellent burgers. Later that afternoon, we will stop by Zucot and the High Museum for Friday night Jazz.
We will have breakfast at Folk Art if we had an early start or Barcelona if we had a late Friday night! Afterwards, a stroll in any direction along the Beltline by Krog St is always a people watching event. Later on, bowling at Pin and Proper followed by some Pizza at Spin in Castleberry. Since we have a fabulous roof top, we will enjoy some chill time drinking some beer from Hop City at Krog St.
Sunday, is a travel day, so we probably will head over to Revolution for a donut or three and a crazy good cup of coffee. Hang out in Piedmont Park for more people watching and have a late brunch at Einsteins on Juniper.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We affectionately call our YouTube supporters Tree Troopers. Everyone who follows and encourages our journey, the Tree Troopers, is who motivates and encourages us to continue to push our own limits. And for that yea re thankful.