We had the good fortune of connecting with Phyllis Cheung and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Phyllis, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Shop My Porch is a hyperlocal shopping platform that connects makers and buyers in their local communities. We build up communities by showing buyers that there are amazingly talented makers in their very own backyards. Shopping small and local is realized within our business model of Porch Pop Ups. We teach makers how to create their own pop up shopping events with other makers in their neighborhoods. By doing so – they all get to know one another, promote one another, and create lasting relationships. Shopping with your neighbors is something that Shop My Porch has enabled and promotes.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Shop My Porch is the only hyperlocal shopping platform that takes on the social aspect of a community and combines it with shopping together to support local makers. We have grown the group to over 50 cities nationwide in just 6 months. I’ve been lucky to have met some of the most wonderful people along the way who are now part of my team – my husband Philip (CTO) builds my tech stack, Peter Townshend as my general counsel, Priscilla Townshend as my COO, and Jon Sawada as my social media manager.
Shop My Porch has grown solely via word of mouth advertising because the group saw that we have the maker’s best interests at heart. Throughout the pandemic, makers struggled to make ends meet. Because of Shop My Porch, many makers have been able to make a living without having to worry about high fees and shipping. We truly believe in supporting a hyperlocal economy.
Shop My Porch will be releasing an app in the next few months that will change how consumers shop.
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?
Eat: Juniper & Ivy for dinner, Sugar & Scribe for brunch, Claires On Cedros for brunch, Breakfast Republic for brunch, The Pony Room for lunch/dinner Drinks: Death By Tequila, Raised By Wolves, The Grass Skirt
Visit: Balboa Park, La Jolla Cove, Safari Park, Seaport Village, Torrey Pines, Del Mar Beach
Stay: Fairmont Grand, La Valencia, Rancho Valencia, & L’Auberge
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to thank Priscilla Townshend. She saw the potential in Shop My Porch before anyone else and encouraged me to grow Shop My Porch to where it is today. She works tirelessly alongside me as my COO, is my cheerleader, and voice of reason.