From Barista to Business Owner: Showrunner Michelle Phillips Interviews Carrie Rollwagen, Cofounder of Church Street Coffee & BooksDecember 25, 2019
On this week’s episode of The Localist, Carrie is joined by Michelle Phillips. Michelle is usually behind the scenes as the showrunner for The Localist, but the tables are turned and Michelle interviews Carrie! Carrie and Michelle dive into entrepreneurship and Carrie tells us where her entrepreneurial spirit came from. Carrie never thought she would start a business (even though she started a newspaper in third grade!) bus as a chronically curious person who likes learning about businesses it was bound to happen at some point. Carrie tells us how she learned how to manage people, how she was plunged into learning a whole new side of business after a promotion, and names some of her favorite resources that she’s found along the way. Carrie delves into how she met her former business partner and how Church Street Coffee and Books came to be, what it was like managing a coffee shop versus a book shop, and just how tricky managing pastry can be (books behave way more predictably than baking in large quantities!). Michelle and Carrie wrap up the episode with what Michelle learned while working at Church Street, and of course they talk about books since they can’t have a conversation without mentioning books at least a little bit!