Natalie Schnurr, Owner of Arabella Park Bar // A New, Female Centric Approach to Craft Beer, Opening A Bar in KW & Hiring Rockstars for Success

Episode #16

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This podcast used to be called ‘The Maker’s Collective Podcast’ and is now called ‘The Work Different, Live Different Podcast by The Maker’s Collective’. You’ll notice that we’ve updated the look and feel along with the name, which will appear across all of our episodes, old and new.

In this episode of the Maker’s Co Podcast you’ll meet Natalie, a passionate serial entrepreneur who came onto the the KW scene in a big way, opening everyone’s favourite happy hour location, Arabella Park Bar. We discuss what it's like opening a bar, why she and her co-owner chose KW to start this business, and every deliberate choice that went into making this a warm and approachable place with females in mind. Craft beer is often a male-dominated industry, but Natalie and her team make it an educational and enjoyable experience for everyone. Get to know the gal behind the beloved bar, Natalie! Grab your favourite bevvy and have a drink with us to celebrate FRIDAY!

Topics covered:

  • Meet Natalie & Arabella Park - family business
  • Why Kitchener & manifesting what you want
  • Why Arabella Park? - an ode to her German roots
  • Designed to be inclusive and for you to take control of your night
  • Hire the right people then trust & empower them
  • Everything that went into opening their physical space
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions and to admit you don’t know things
  • Facing challenges
  • Working with family - from a pumpkin patch to a beer bar
  • Challenging people’s perceptions & misconceptions
  • The food - a menu built on trust & love
  • The importance of social media marketing & how it’s evolved
  • Portraying brewer’s beers as they were meant to be enjoyed
  • Where they get their beers
  • Advice for new entrepreneurs - work hard, but work to live
  • A day in the life Selfcare - learning to set boundaries and saying no
  • What’s next?  

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