We had the good fortune of connecting with Kacie Anderson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kacie, how does your business help the community?
I currently work for Nike. This year, we are opening Nike’s first store in Watts, California and it will be a “Nike Community Store”. There are only 7 Nike community stores in the U.S. and Watts will be the second one in California. Nike Community Stores empower a healthy local community through the unifying power of sport. Centered in diverse urban areas with distinct cultures, customs and passions, every store serves as a unique micro-community and gathering place for its residents. Nike Watts will receive a 100 community hours to utilize per month. Employees of that store will partner with non-profits in the community and volunteer their time. These hours go into an online bank and Nike will send a check to the non-profit that the hours were applied to. Not only will the non-profits benefit from the funding, Nike’s athletes benefit from the close partnerships with community leaders and organizations.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I currently work for Nike, which is a dream come true. I also run a boutique creative & brand partnerships agency which includes clients such as Foot Locker. Outside of the business aspect, I’m extremely dedicated to improving communities through partner efforts. I have started the Hashtag Lunch Bag Stockton chapter as well as partnered with Bags of Hope and Exposher Inc. My career journey has been both exciting and tough, to say the least. A lot of who and where I am today is due to trial and error and tons of relationship building.I research a lot and ask a lot of questions. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned along the way, resilience. I want the world to know my brand and myself are one and the same. I am my brand , so always staying true to who I am is what’s most important to me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh my gosh! When my friends come to visit, Blu Jam Cafe for breakfast is a must! I absolutely love that place!! Nighthawk breakfast bar would be another breakfast/brunch spot we’d go. their food is drool worthy. A hike in our beautiful weather is also nonnegotiable. My favorite hikes include Griffith and Tujunga Trail. Depending on which time of year, I am a big fan or the rooftop cinemas and I think they’re such a cool idea. Neuhouse has some pretty epic movies. If we have some time early in the day, Bottle Rock Ranch is a cool place to see and makes for great photo opps. If you’re looking for dinner or a cool sports bar vibe, The Parlor is a Melrose hot spot I really enjoy.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
John Jones III- Eastside Riders Bike Club
Chavonne Stewart – Exposher Inc Ivan Ivan Lombard-Jackson- Watts Skills Academy Robin Daniels – Sisters of Watts