When I moved to Nashville two years ago, I quickly looked to replace all of my old St. Louis favorites. A new go-to for coffee, a new weekly dinner spot and a new place to escape.
And behind a bold pink door in the Germantown neighborhood, Poppy & Monroe filled the void of the last one.
Owners Sherri Coates and Karen Kops wanted to create a welcoming destination that combined their love of beauty with their commitment to health and well-being. And they've done just that.
The clean beauty collective specializes in nails, skincare, makeup and sugaring services. Poppy & Monroe also offers a full boutique stocked with the best green beauty products on the market as well as jewelry, handbags, gifts and more.
We're thrilled to welcome Sherri + Karen to our Dynamic Duo series, sharing the story of their partnership at Poppy & Monroe.
How do you collaborate together?
Karen: We are in the shop together every day and we are constantly communicating via text and email when we aren't. We are trying to get better about making regularly scheduled strategy meetings off-site so we can work without interruptions. Our goal is at least every other week.. still working on this one!
Sherri: We're so fortunate in that we definitely draw on one another's strengths and make up for what we may be missing. We've defined our roles at this point, execute as best as possible so operationally, we run as smoothly as we can, while keeping our collective focus steady on the big visions we have for the future and we have lots!!
Why did you decide to do what you do as a duo versus going solo?
Karen: Power in numbers. Understandably from an investment standpoint but also from a support standpoint as well. It's so helpful to have someone to bounce your ideas and thoughts off of that's as invested in the work as you are. Also by splitting up the task list, we can get more done faster, although there's always MORE to do! :)
Sherri: We met at just the ideal time when we were both looking to change our work and life balance. We made it to the top of our games so to speak but we were just running the rat race at such a pace that we weren't enjoying life, our families, friends and all those important priorities especially our health and well being. It's been great for us being new partners and friends because we didn't come in with any preconceived ideas and so we've been on a great adventure not only running the business together but learning about one another. I couldn't have asked for a better partner whom I trust completely and I know has my back!
What’s one challenge you have you faced in collaborating?
Karen: Understanding our communication styles. Sherri is very direct whereas I'm a bit softer in my approach. I'm also one to overanalyze where Sherri's able to make quicker decisions. I think there are positives and negatives to all of these traits and I've learned a lot from her.
Sherri: We have such different personalities and approaches so we had to really learn to be open to our differing outlooks and opinions. We also had to learn how to communicate with one another, as we've never worked together before or knew each other socially. We're both so flexible and put in the hours equally so we tend to come to good decisions together having so much respect for the other.
What’s surprised you most about your partnership?
Karen: That we both have the same passion for what we are doing. I realize that's incredibly difficult to find especially when you haven't known one another very long.
Sherri: How different we are but the same too. We knew aesthetically, even down to the design of our space, we were in agreement (which was great and made things so much easier!) on so many things but it's the little things in the daily running of the business that surprises us each day. How we deal with customer service, employee issues, competition all while trying to grow our business challenges us daily, but for the better we feel.
Who’s your favorite dynamic duo? Fiction or nonfiction. Why?
Karen: Thelma & Louise - we are total opposites in many ways yet we are always there to support and build each other up. There's no one else I'd rather go on this crazy ride with!
Serri: Well everyone knows how much I love Justin Timberlake so I would say he and his wife Jessica. They just moved here in Leipers Fork and I'm dying to meet them! I just think they seem like they have such a fun time together while being so sweet and supportive of one another. They seem to have that great blend of being each others BFF and all else. It's inspiring plus they both still pursue their individual endeavors which says a lot for two strong creative types.