A Well-Traveled Blog

The FRIDAY FIVE: Chicago Candle Factory

The FRIDAY FIVE: Chicago Candle Factory
Hey guys! Tory here. Another installment of the FRIDAY FIVE. This blog series is just another way to offer a bit of transparency into our cool l...

The FRIDAY FIVE: SUSU Accessories

The FRIDAY FIVE: SUSU Accessories
Hi Kiddos!Another installment of the FRIDAY FIVE. This blog series is just another way to offer a bit of transparency into our cool little world. ...

A rising tide lifts all boats. THE FRIDAY FIVE: with Vault Furniture

A rising tide lifts all boats. THE FRIDAY FIVE: with Vault Furniture
Since opening shop a few months ago, I’ve had people come up and ask me why I’m so transparent about our partners, about where we go to source our...

No Risk, No Reward

No Risk, No Reward
Most of you likely have at least heard of Sheryl Sandberg’s “lean in” concept. Founder of leanin.org, COO at Facebook, and former Google ...

Brick and Mortar Isn't Dead, But I May Be Dying From Exhaustion

Brick and Mortar Isn't Dead, But I May Be Dying From Exhaustion
Starting a brick & mortar store has been a little bit like picking up what you think is an iced cold glass of water, then realizing...

What Other People Say of You When You're Not In the Room

What Other People Say of You When You're Not In the Room
One of the things I admire most about Amazon is their brand recognition: Fast, Reliable, Has Everything. Like….I could literally order se...

An Agile Approach to Retail

An Agile Approach to Retail
An Agile Approach to Retail Given our backgrounds in IT and software development, it’s tough not to draw comparisons between that world ...

Bringing the City to the Suburbs, Part 3: Building Out

Bringing the City to the Suburbs, Part 3: Building Out
Brick and mortar retail is dying. At least, that’s how many experts are reading the recent poor performance of several large retailers. Being cocky...

Bringing the City to the Suburbs, Part 2: Buying Stuff

Bringing the City to the Suburbs, Part 2: Buying Stuff
Now that we had our idea, it was time to put our money (and our time, and our sanity) where our mouth was. First question: where should we source i...

Bringing the City to the Suburbs, Part 1: From Washington to Chicago

Bringing the City to the Suburbs, Part 1: From Washington to Chicago
Almost two years ago, after 14 years on the East Coast, my wife Tory and I moved back to Arlington Heights. We came back primarily to raise our f...

Getting to the Starting Line

Getting to the Starting Line
Everything is always twice as hard and twice as expensive as you anticipate, and that’s certainly been true of getting Jaunt up and running. Fortun...

We're All In This Together

We're All In This Together
From our earliest days planning Jaunt, we knew we wanted to help support local Chicago and Midwestern small businesses. There are SO many talented ...