Vote Sarah Lopes
The Safari Collective
The Safari Collective
City/Town where Organization Located
New Milford, CT
City/Town of Residence - this is for media placement
New Milford, CT
Company/organization description (<500 characters)
In 2014, Sarah Lopes founded The Safari Collective, a lifestyle shop of home goods, jewelry, apothecary and more, all made by individual American artisans, with the goal in mind to feel more connected to each little detail of our everyday. In May 2016, The Safari Collective expanded from an online store to a retail storefront in Sarah's hometown of New Milford, Connecticut.
In today’s world of constant consumerism, we aim to be a more ethical option and conscious choice. Our products are all handmade by American makers. By learning the story behind the products we invest in, we are participating in smart buying, a practice that supports sustainable and ethical production and values the handmade. Our selection ranges from home decor, kitchenwares, ceramics, food provisions, jewelry, apothecary, paper goods and more.
Our goal is to help make it easier for you to shop small and buy better. We hope our selection of products promotes appreciation for life’s little moments, mindfulness in the products we buy, and curiosity for where they come from.
Tell us about the entrepreneurial milestones you accomplished in 2019 (<500 characters) e.g., patents received, growth rate, and successful MVP, trial, or exit, etc…
In 2019, we reached sales goals we have never before reached. After being named an American Small Business Champion in 2018 by SCORE, we took what we learned from that incredible experience and implemented it into our business in 2019. Since January 2020, we have since moved into a larger retail space in downtown New Milford and we continue to grow.
What type of entrepreneur are you? Scaling Company: regional, national, or global business focus and greater than $1,000,000 in revenue in 2019; Scalable Venture: regional, national, or global business focus and less than $1,000,000 in revenue in 2019; Main Street: local business focus;Social Good: social enterprise or nonprofit focus
Student entrepreneur: Are you a student and younger than 25 as of December 31, 2019? YES or NO
What CT entrepreneur ecosystem resources (spaces, programs, events, schools, etc.) have helped you succeed? (<500 characters)
Our local community has helped teach us more than anything. New Milford is filled with so many wonderful small businesses, and being able to learn from and help each other succeed has been an honor. We thrive by lifting each other, and we would not have had the success we've had without the relationships of our local artisans and businesses. Our online community is a space where we thrived in 2019 as well. We had our best online sales year in 2019, and met many Connecticut-based makers via our online platforms. It is wonderful to be able to help feed our local economy by carrying the work of Connecticut makers.
What people are saying about Sarah Lopes ...
Almost four years ago, Sarah Lopes opened up The Safari Collective, a lifestyle shop, in New Milford, CT. The store sells only handmade in the US items like jewelry, candles, soaps, home goods, etc. In the several years the store has been in business and living in an area where there are so many creative makers, Sarah has opened the doors of the shop to these creators to sell their goods in a brick mortar location. She also holds workshops to allow the community to try out new things whether it is making holiday wreaths, block printing, and even painting a landscape design. Now as Sarah is moving her location up the street to a larger space with more visibility, I think now is the perfect time to acknowledge the hard work she has done to provide artists with a home for their work and to reach audiences that they may not otherwise have a chance to reach without The Safari Collective. HOBSON LOPES