Our city is home to so many incredible businesses and so we asked the founders how they came up with the ideas for their businesses and have shared their responses below.

David Lindahl | Mountain fanatic & Rainier Watch Founder

It was one of those things that just sort of happened – basically I saw a need for my business and I jumped up and filled it! To back up a step, I started Rainier Watch as a way to answer “Is The Mountain out?”, a very important question here in the Pacific Northwest. Read more>>

Daniel Costa | Hockey equipment brand

Well, we used to own a different company called Verbero and we wanted to make a better version of it. Once we sold Verbero in 2018 we got to work on making products that were different and a cut above the rest. Read more>>

Teresa Vilaseca | Business Owner

I had never considered making jewelry or owning a jewelry business (or selling anything online), but in December of 2014, my cat, Chloe, passed away. She had been such a huge part of my life for 15 years, and I wanted a piece of jewelry that I could wear every day to remember her. Read more>>

Desiree Stramaglia | Yoga/Meditation Guide & Spiritual Coach

The idea for the business was sort of born from Covid. I had already been teaching yoga and giving readings and healings prior to quarantine, but I was almost always employed by someone. Of course, Covid lockdowns definitely affected my income, so I had to pivot and come up with a safe way to still do this work that I love so much and especially to be of service during such an unprecedented time of uncertainty for most people. Read more>>

Mariah Martinez | Creator & Ceo

One day while smoking a nicely rolled joint, I burned my fresh set of nails. I was devastated but after a second of reflecting, I discovered a solution that will help others avoid the same pain. Read more>>

Moumita Sahoo | Founder and CEO of ZAILA Skin

ZAILA was inspired by my South Asian culture and love for fun skincare. We make modern & effective Ayurvedic skincare with sensorial formulas and clinically-proven ingredients. I came up with the idea for ZAILA while I was traveling for work. Read more>>