Fireside Session Spotlight: Your Home Girl
One of the best parts about the Fireside Sessions are the people we get to meet along the way.
Our participants are 90% small business owners and solopreneurs, and they each have a unique and amazing product or service. We’ve become trusted advisors and friends with many of these people and it’s our pleasure to bring a little bit of light to their business through our own networks. Today we’re highlighting a really unique business that involves, among other things, an overnight camp for grown women, flea markets, and the cutest restored vintage Shasta camper you’ve ever seen.
Emily Gentry is the “girl” behind Your Home Girl, a business dedicated to making life feel better - whether that’s inside your home or experiences you have out in the world. Emily creates these moments of delight through events such as her upcoming “Your Home Girl’s Camp for Big Love and Badassery” which is happening next Saturday, November 4th on her property in Pungo.
Emily describes the camp as “24 hours of super relaxing, mega fun among creative, kind-hearted, kick-ass friends. We want to give you the opportunity to disconnect from technology and obligations and reconnect with your best self, nature and good vibes - it’s a chance to work on your inner badass.” The camp will begin on Saturday, November 4th at 9:00 am and will kick off with yard games, followed by a catered lunch, followed by “merrymaking” and of course - happy hour to round out the day’s activities. The activities continue through 11 am on Sunday.
There are still a few spaces left for camp, so if you’d like to register, you can do so on the website before Friday, October 27th. And if you’re still not convinced about an overnight camp for grown women described as “a chance to work on your inner badass,” then we should also tell you that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to 99 for the 1 - a mobile outreach van helping the homeless population of Hampton Roads. (Also, you get a t-shirt!)
When asked what her favorite part of running her own business is, Emily is emphatic that it’s “the amazing people I have met along the way.” Many of these people she has met through her business are crafters, artisans, bakers, musicians, and farmers and she has found a way to put all her favorite people in one place. Using her fully renovated 1963 Shasta camper (it’s name is Clementine, aka - The Coral Caravan) as a mascot, she has organized flea market events throughout Hampton Roads to display the talents of these people she’s met.
Her next flea market event, “The Coral Caravan Vintage, Farm & Flea Holiday Market” will be Saturday, November 25th from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. The event will take place at Cromwell’s Produce in Pungo and you can expect to see not only Clementine but a variety of vendors selling handmade items, homemade baked goods, vintage finds, upcycled one-of-a-kind pieces and some downright good art. Warm up by the fire, choose a fresh-cut Christmas tree, have your family’s Christmas card photo taken and enjoy live music. There might even be a elf . . . anything is possible when Emily is in charge.
It’s no surprise that Emily’s business mantra and words to live by come from the chief Badass herself, Jen Sincero. “Surround yourself with people who act on their big ideas, who take action on making positive change in the world and who see nothing as out of reach." Emily, you truly are our home girl!