We had the good fortune of connecting with Sandra Van Fleet and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sandra, how does your business help the community?
We started a small business and wanted to open it in a small historic town called Old Town Spring. When we started our business, we noticed that there was not a lot of social media presence. We wanted to focus on getting more recognition for the town, so we started a new Facebook page.
When we started, we paid for the daily ad and went around to highlight each business in town. As our page began to grow, we figured we could reach more consumers if we partnered with some of the other shop owners. Since inception, we have amassed over 22,000 followers in just 6 years. We are eternally grateful.
Please tell us more about your business. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about.
Our little town has had to overcome so many obstacles over the years. Shop owners have had to overcome being shut down for covid, hurricanes, floods, fires and even personal issues. For each of the businesses they have their own struggles and stories, which is why our town is so unique and resilient. I think this is what I am most proud of, the American spirit lives in every small town and it shows in ours. The blessing is that we get to live out our entrepreneurial dreams every day in Old Town Spring, through the good and the bad.
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.
There are so many sights to take in and such a variety of local cuisines just in our little town. You can grab sandwiches from Lynn’s Table, hometown cooking from Wunsche Bros or Puffabellys, fried foods from Loose Caboose, bbq from Corkscrew BBQ, pizza from Envy Wine Room, fine dining with Elm and Magnolia or Plane and Level, Cajun from House of Roux, tamales from Granny’s Tamales, ice cream from Popps, kettle corn from Ma and Pa Kettle, tea from the Tea Kettle Cafe, coffee at Trilogy Brew, crafted beverage from Prohibition or snatch up some vegan food from So Veganly. You can go to Armadillo Escape Room, check out our Museum, get your dog groomed at Spa La Paws, get your ears pierced at Pretty and Pierced or get a tattoo from Nobles Street Tattoo Parlour. Stop and shop at Camille’s, Connie’s Bath Shack, The Teacher Creature Store, Emmy’s Sweet Shop, Fun Gifts and Treasures, Gypsyrose, Linama Boots, Spirit Quest, Creations Market and Workshop, Glow Worm Book Store, German Gift House, Pierce and Belle, Little Dutch Girl, Just for the Birds, The Hat People, Lana Williams, Hemplication, My Picqasso, Thad’s, Spotted Pony, Mallott’s, Tee Imp, The Junk Between Us, A Needle and Thread, Keekee’s Flowers, on a Whim, Colletti’s Threads, LMN Rustoc Decor, Sam’s Antiques, Don Quixote, Chloe’s, Celtic Odyssey, Wet my Plant, Silversmiths, The Dug Out, Goodwoods British Market, GGs, Blue Buffalo Mercantile, Moore Time, Space City Audio, Simply Texas Gourmet Foods, Feign Boutique, This Peaceful Place, JJs Closet, Lili and Liz, This n That, Pops, Doll Hospital, Why Not Toys, Cocos, Jengerluxurious, Reclaimed Leather, Art Glass Jewelry, Black House Cigars, Chalra Shop, Susy’s Stuff, Cheese and Chocolate Queens, White Rabbit Attic, This Peaceful Place, Skye Light Art Studio, and Fiora Fine Gifts. There are so many shops and services in our town, we could not see all of it even in a week!
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?
My husband, Paul Van Fleet, for picking up some of the load at home so I can focus my energy on our shop, the advertising for the town and working my other three jobs. He has been very supportive in helping to maintain some of the more chaotic times.
I would also like to thank every shop owner that helps to advertise, and that participates in our local events. It helps when we can all come together to help our beautiful town.