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Stacey of Bang-Up Betty
Stacey, the mastermind behind Bang-Up Betty, has created a jewelry brand praised for its minimal design paired with a strong message. Whether you need a simple reminder hanging from your neck that everyone can "Suck It", or it's one of those days where all you can do is shrug it off - Bang-Up Betty has got you covered. Named after her cat, the brand has been featured on BuzzFeed, POPSUGAR, Bustle and more. The best part of the brand? Stacey is pretty awesome and has a heart of gold, donating proceeds to certain items to an Arkansas-based Women's Outreach Center. It may be cheesy, but I think that calls for a "You Go Girl!" 

Q: First things first, let’s get the basics. Where are you from? Zodiac sign? The least favorite hairstyle you’ve had?

I grew up in North Little Rock, Ark., went to school in Shreveport, La., and now I live in Little Rock, Ark., which I swear is a different city than North Little Rock. I’m a Virgo, and I don’t know what that means. This one time in like the 8th grade, my aunt tried to perm my bleached hair, and it melted off, so… lesson learned.

Q: What’s your favorite 90’s jam?

It barely makes the cut, but “Freedom! ’90” by George Michael, because I don’t belong to you, and you don’t belong to me (yeah, yeah).

Q: One thing you can’t live without.

Cats.

Q: Let’s get real. If I were at your place, what would I find in your refrigerator right now?

Really, really old food.

Q: What’s the one piece of advice for anyone wanting to build their brand you wish you were told in the beginning?

Don’t rush! Take your time, really think it out, and launch something flawless. I think it took at least a year and one logo redesign for me to really get into the look and feel of Bang-Up Betty. I was really excited, so I rushed a lot of stuff.

Q: Every business owner has that moment that gives them the warm and fuzzies and completely reminds them what their purpose is. What was yours?

Anytime someone shares a story with me; it validates all this silly stuff I do. When someone tells me a friend got her one of my pieces to remind her that she’s strong enough to fight cancer, or someone tells me about the phenomenal friend she’s sharing a friendship necklace set with, or when someone walks up to my booth at a craft show and just nearly pees himself laughing… those are my warm and fuzzy moments.

Q: Favorite book? Cereal? Curse word?

Book: The Last Unicorn. Cereal: Cap’n Crunch (the roof of my mouth would disagree). Curse word: That’s like asking me to choose my favorite child.

Q: If you could bring one canceled TV show back to the air waves, what would it be?

King of the Hill.

Q: Would you say you are more of a Broad or a Jones?

I’m probably more of a Broad. I have an embarrassing number of skulls in my home. You’d think I live in a morgue.

Q: Let’s say it’s the end of civilization as we know it, and you know you’re going to be stranded on an island for the rest of your life. What three albums would you bring with you?

1.) “Make It Big” - Wham!

2.) “Midnight Vultures” - Beck

3.) “Turn on the Bright Lights” - Interpol

Q: What was the one character trait about yourself that was the hardest, but most empowering to embrace?

Self-doubt, I think. Sometimes it’s crippling, but it also keeps me humble, grounded, and always completely surprised and in awe of myself when I hit a milestone, and only occasionally in the fetal position.

 

Above photo courtesy of Katie Childs

August 05, 2016 by Jessica Evans

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