We had the good fortune of connecting with Thea Merritt and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Thea, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
For as long as I can remember I have been a big risk taker. When I was young, I would go on the fastest and tallest amusement park rides, and I moved to California from Minnesota on my own shortly after high school. I believe my fearless attitude has contributed a lot to the success I have had in my life and career. My mentality allows me to act courageously every day and it also attracts risk takers as well, I have been able to surround myself with a team that also takes chances and this has proven to be very helpful for the growth of Eco Now.

What should our readers know about your business?
I am most proud to be the founder of Orange County’s First Zero Waste Store and Refill Station. This to me is very important as I realize that we are truly paving the way for the future and changing the people think and behave when it comes to consumerism. I had many challenges starting this business, I had to teach people a whole new way of shopping and living. I had to work day in and out to create a brand that people trusted and believed in. I had very little examples to look to when creating this business model and had to learn many things from scratch, creating business practices that had never been done before. I started Eco Now out of my living room, I would hand make products and bring them to local farmers markets. I remember my first market, I was very nervous but when I left the market that day, I knew in my heart that this is the right path for me. I am incredibly grateful for the community of people that supported me when I started from very little.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take my friend through my own frequent experiences as I live out some really amazing days at Eco Now. I would start out at Orange Home Grown Farmers Market in the city of Orange, I have been vending at this market for a few years and the community energy is unmatched. I would then go to The LAB Anti-Mall in Costa Mesa where I would shop second hand clothing, have a cup of coffee and a bite to eat at some of the best restaurants in OC, and enjoy the local art and shops. Finally, I would finish the day on the beach in Newport or Laguna riding bikes on the coast.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Ram Dass, Author of Be Here Now

Website: www.econowca.com

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