Faces: Jarrid and Robyn of The Poor Porker
Creativity comes in all sorts of forms, and Nixon looks to celebrate the many interpretations and diverse talents of not only our team riders but others close to the brand who inspire us to create and do more. From surfing, to photography, fine art and beyond, there appears to be no limit to what drives those to do the never been done. In the case of our friends, The Poor Porker, their art comes in the form of beignets, coffee, and community.
Believing that "...living within your means to build the life you want" is the driving force, The Poor Porker started with little money, a lot of sweat, hard work and one big idea. Currently holding court in Lakeland, Florida, Poor Porker has grown their beignets and chicory coffee business into a free and relaxed space of ideas and of curated objects.
How long have you two been The Poor Porker? What started you on this adventure?
We started The Poor Porker back in the end of 2010. Both of us grew up without a lot of money and had a common dream of being entrepreneurs. Our idea was to build a brand that incorporated all the things we love: great food, design, fashion and community.
Why beignets and chicory coffee? How did that become your medium?
The beignets came about when we were back in Los Angeles. We were having a serious craving for good beignets and chicory coffee and went on a hunt all over the city to find some. We couldn't find any that we loved and that's when inspiration struck! Beignets!! They would allow us to serve the community in a beautiful and simple way while spreading the idea that you really can do anything you want to do if you're willing to begin and work at it 100% to make it happen.
And why Lakeland? What is it about the city that has you so hooked?
It was really important to us that we start in a small and supportive community. Jarrid grew up in Lakeland and went to a prominent arts high school here, so he knew the community well. There is a thriving underground art and design scene, also very supportive. Lakeland offers the seclusion and focus that artists need to hone their craft without the huge expense. This city is super passionate about growing new business and entrepreneurship.
You're about to open your shop in Lakeland. How will this be different or new for your brand? Will it be a departure?
We're incorporating makers and entrepreneurs that we're inspired by into our new space that we're calling 801 Main which is an old garage and a huge lot. It'll be a food truck pod including The Poor Porker beignets, a free garden and our new boutique where we'll sell quality goods from makers all over the US. It won't be a departure as much as an extension of what our brand and interests are all about.
What have been some of your proudest moments in this business?
The realization that we can actually make a living doing what we love makes us really proud. Inspiring others to follow their dream is pretty much the sweetest thing ever.
What have been some of your biggest struggles?
Our struggles have been one of our greatest assets. It's not easy, but we don't think ease makes for great things. The willingness to keep going when the going gets tough is where the magic is.
What does the future hold for The Poor Porker?
We plan on expanding The Poor Porker beignets to other cities. Portland, Oregon is on our radar. We're launching our smoked chicory blend coffee that we're calling Campfire coffee. Also, we're expanding our design company and starting a sister company called Bearcat & Big 6 Design Co. We will curate and design handmade goods with the help of other local makers. Lots to do! We're excited!
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