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