Happy Links: A Business Founded in Friendship

In this episode of The Localist, host Carrie Rollwagen sits down with guests Sabrina Smith and Hannah Stallings, the dynamic duo behind Happy Links, a jewelry business specializing in permanent jewelry and ear piercing. Sabrina and Hannah share their journey from discovering permanent jewelry during a vacation in Colorado to establishing their own business centered on creating meaningful pieces for their customers. Despite both working full-time jobs, they’ve dedicated their weekends and evenings to growing their business, initially focusing on pop-up events and private parties, and are now excited to open their first permanent location in a salon suite next to Hi-Wire Brewing.

The episode delves into the challenges and triumphs of running a small business, discussing everything from the struggle of disconnecting from work during vacations, to the physical and emotional toll of long market hours and the chaos of managing pop-up events. Hannah and Sabrina also touch on the financial investments and gatekeeping hurdles they’ve faced in the permanent jewelry industry. Throughout their journey, they emphasize the importance of building personal connections with customers and offering a memorable experience. The episode concludes with the announcement of their grand opening, set for July 13, where they aim to create a luxurious and personalized experience for their clientele.

Mentioned in this episode:

Happy Links Website: https://www.happylinksjewelry.com

Happy Links Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/happy_links_

Hi-Wire Brewing: https://hiwirebrewing.com/birmingham/

Image Studios Salon Suites: https://imagestudios360.com/birmingham-al/

About Carrie

Carrie Rollwagen is host of the Localist podcast and cofounder of Church Street Coffee & Books. Currently, she works as Vice President of Strategic Planning at Infomedia, a web development company in Birmingham, Alabama. Find the Localist at @thinklocalist on Instagram and follow Carrie at @crollwagen.

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