ll archives: The Dallas Flea's Brittany Cobb
Meet Brittany Cobb, ladypreneur, mom, wife and how cool is this – the woman who inspired our founder's own ladypreneur lifestyle (she talks all about it here)! It is with great pleasure that we present this Dallas-dwelling wonder woman and the founder of The Dallas Flea and Cobb Interiors. Read and be inspired, ladies!
Name: Brittany Cobb
Current location: Dallas, Texas
Where are you from? Orange County, California
Education: Bachelor of Arts from SMU; Major in Journalism; Minor in Art History
Business & Formal Title: Owner of The Dallas Flea and Cobb Interiors
Tell us about The Dallas Flea and Cobb Interiors.
The Dallas Flea is a seasonal event that features 100-plus Texas talents offering vintage, handmade and one-of-a-kind items ranging from fashion and furniture to artisan foods and florals. Cobb Interiors is a Dallas-based residential interior design firm with projects ranging from California to the Texas coast.
What are your company slogans/missions?
The Dallas Flea’s “slogan” is “an indoor curated marketplace.” We focus on grassroots companies offering handmade, vintage and one of a kind wares. Cobb Interiors’ mission is simply to design beautiful spaces that are functional and make homeowners happy.
What did you do before striking out on your own? At what point did you realize you wanted to be an entrepreneur instead?
Before starting my own companies, I was a journalist. For eight years, I wrote for publications ranging from The Dallas Morning News to DailyCandy (I was Dallas editor for five years). I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I tapped into it full-time when I started considering having children. I knew I wanted a more flexible/financially secure career once babies were on board..
Whenever you decided that you were ready to take the leap, what were your next steps?
I started slowly. For the flea, I launched the idea with a small holiday show and grew the business over time as my vendor database and shopper audience expanded. For interiors, I started with friends’ homes and apartments while growing my trade contacts and design confidence.
What is the biggest thing you overcame launching your businesses?
Fear of failing.
Would you describe your work as your “dream job”? Why or why not? What constitutes a dream job for you?
I do feel like I have two dream jobs. With the flea, I get to support my state’s creative community while providing jobs, revenue and exposure for my city and it’s wonderful businesses. For my design business, I get to shop for a living and make clients thrilled to come home each day. I pinch myself that I get to do both of these things for a living.
Any other projects/side hustles you’re working on? Tell us about them.
My two toddlers! I’m currently working on next steps for the flea. We have some big plans up our sleeve.
Entrepreneurs live and breathe their businesses. How do you balance work and life? Do you think that’s even possible?
It’s hard -- especially when you have a husband and children -- but possible. I have an assistant that helps me with anything and everything for both businesses.. When I’m working or need a night out, I have a robust support system between my wonderful nanny and babysitters. Having an army of help is key. After 5 p.m. or on the weekends, I focus on friends and family to recharge my batteries (once the kids are in bed I’m often back at work on my computer, I must admit). That’s simplifying things, but it’s all about time management and remembering what’s important in life.
What does your daily routine consist of?
My line of work means that there is no routine! One day I can be on a home install for eight hours straight, the next I can be measuring on a job site, shopping bathroom tile and fielding flea application requests.
You have to do it and you hate it – what is your least favorite task to do running your businesses?
For the flea, saying no to talent that just doesn’t fit our mantra or vibe. I hate to be the bearer of bad news. For interiors, there are too many to count. Mostly managing the accounting side of things. It’s such an important part of the business but not what my right brain ever wants to focus on!
You’re on the verge of a business-lady-breakdown. How do you unwind?
A lemondrop martini or trip to our family’s lakehouse with no wifi in the secluded woods.
What did you think you’d be doing now at age 10?
I thought I’d be a broadcast news journalist until college when I learned that I enjoyed the writing side of the business more than the on-air side. I always thoughts I’d decorate, too, but more for myself and the occasional friend. It’s been a passion since I was a little girl.
Tell us 3 of your cannot-live-without ladypreneur apps.
I’m actually not the most tech-savvy person. I really only ever use my bank (always keeping tabs on my businesses), weather (always keeping tabs on install conditions) and Instagram apps.
Top 5 favorite cities?
This is a toughie. I LOVE to travel. Right now I’d say Newport Beach (to visit family and childhood friends), Palm Springs, New York City, Marrakech and Dallas.
Red, White, Sparkling or stronger? Stronger -- I’m a total cocktail girl.
Tell us the best place to eat in Dallas. If it’s your kitchen, share your best recipe.
Oooh this is a toughie. Depends on my mood, but Cafe R&D, Bob’s Steakhouse and Javier’s are staples.
Words to live by: So cliche, but so true for me: “Work hard, play hard.” I’m big on living life to the fullest with no regrets. I bust my butt at work so I can make big time for my friends, family and travel.
In 3 years you’ll be: Working smarter, not harder. The flea will be 10-years old at that point. I hope to have it a well-oiled machine by then and taking on just a couple fulfilling design clients a year to enjoy my family and friends more.
What advice would you give to budding ladypreneurs interested in your industry?
For interiors, your math skills need to be as legit as your style and people skills. Numbers are 75-percent of the industry between scale, measurements and accounting.