Above: The Five and Dime. Photo credit: Laughlan Ough.
If you do business here, you know how great the live network is in Saint John. People are more than willing to lend a helping hand or offer advice and guidance. There are so many stories to share, we thought one of the best ways to show you all the incredible support is to hear it from people in their own words.
We reached out to Jody Kliffer of Five and Dime, and asked him about a time when he had to make a tough business decision and relied on his business network, and here’s what he had to say:
“Brian and I had a lot of ideas for an addition to the bar scene Uptown. We wanted to create a destination, somewhere with a purpose. Once we had a concept – a place to enjoy music on vinyl and craft beer – Peter Smit [of Happinez Wine Bar] gave us advice on everything from staffing to the business plan. His guidance provided clarity on how we’d achieve our goals. He made us think about some of the operational details that hadn’t occurred to us before. He said to keep our costs lean, build on success, and add more ornamental things later. The list of people who helped us is long; we were approached by Kay Gillis of Duke Creative Collective who asked if we wanted a hand with our logo, for example (a process we knew little about). And I would be remiss to not mention our designer, Keri Burpee of Inspiring Designs who is a dear friend of mine and all but insisted on helping us with our internal design! In our humble opinion, she did a brilliant job. At the end of the day, the help and expertise of our friends and business connections continues to make our space better.” – Jody Kliffer