A Typical Workday
While two days never look the same for me at Dixon Rye, I am consistently reminding and challenging myself to stay planful and prioritize my time. We are a lean team, and currently one store, but as we continue to grow and evolve, I continue to be reminded of words from a former boss: “Fail to plan, plan to fail.” It’s basic, but true, and a skill I continue to hone. While I always leave margin for the unexpected, this is what a pretty standard day looks like at the shop:
6:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. My workday generally begins around 9 a.m. after a stout cup of coffee. I’d be lying however, if I didn’t admit that my e-mail cleanse usually occurs under the comfort of my covers around 6 A.M.
9:00 A.M. My first task of the day is to review our scheduled social media postings. It’s incredibly important to me that we’re not just posting for the sake of it, but that it’s relevant to what we’re focused on at the moment. We always want to have a clear point of view that is conveyed using authentic and soulful language.
9:15 A.M -9:45 A.M First and foremost, we are shopkeepers. We clean. We water our plants. We sweep our entryway. We change light bulbs. We’re welcoming you into our home, and we should always be ready for guests.
9:45 A.M. Our team always gathers prior to the opening of our doors. It’s an opportunity for us to all start the day knowing our priorities and being on the same page. I’m fortunate enough to work with some of the brightest and most talented individuals in the industry. They create, manage, execute, deliver and expound on our vision. Seeing your vision come to life is only possible with a great team, and I am incredibly grateful for mine.
10:00 A.M. Lights are up. Doors are open. Music is playing. We’re open for business.
Throughout the Day
Sourcing. The hunt for new wares for the shop is always a favorite part of my day. We stand for, and pride ourselves in curating a mix not found anywhere else in Atlanta. Collaborating with artisans from Mexico to Brooklyn, we spend time getting to know our partners-their craft, processes, and how their work aligns with our ethos. Searching for, finding, and establishing these relationships fuels my creativity and keeps me inspired.
Marketing. Anne, Jeremy and I take time each week to review our strategy and plan ahead. How we communicate our inspirations, new offerings, and tell the story of our brand and its evolution will always be paramount to what we do.
Lunch. It’s generally a working lunch for me (Upbeet makes it easy to grab and go!). No rest for the weary.
Design Project Reviews. Design project reviews with Harmony and Brent are siphoned off time that we schedule to ensure that we’re aligned on concept, finishes and drawings. Oftentimes we set aside 1-2 days a week for strictly design project planning.
Always. Making time for the client walking through our doors; we’re only here because of you!
5:00 P.M. Prosecco time!