One of the newest entrepreneurs in town, Celeste Crutchfield recently bought Kiskadee. She shares what it’s like to just be getting started in this edition of our Independents Week series.


When did you open?

Kiskadee has been open for 10 years but I took over in April 2017.


What made you start your own business?

A desire to be independent and do something I love.


What had you done previously?

I worked in the Intelligence community then was a stay-at-home mom.


How did you prepare to make the switch?

Depending on friends and family for support, and training from Darby and Neil.


What is your favorite part about owning your business?

Making my own decisions.


What was the most surprising/difficult thing you’ve learned?

It’s hard to find the right mix of things when buying.


Tell us about a local independent business you love and why?

Salon DeZen. Not only is Maria an amazing stylist but her entrepreneurial spirit always inspires me.


What changes have you seen since you’ve been in business?

So far, not a lot. Hopefully the customers will keep coming back!


What are you most excited about right now?

I’m starting to feel like I understand it all.