Community LOVE Stories: A chat with Benny Gold

Josh: What inspired you to create Benny Gold, the brand?

Benny: I am a graphic designer by trade, graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design. I moved out here to pursue a career in art and what they tell you in art school is a lot different than what a real career in art is like. So they tell you it’s like this really creative field and you will be designing and working on all these amazing projects and it is going to be very fun and loose. Then when I got out here I realized I was working until 2AM on a lot of stuff that was uninspiring, like toothpaste packaging and annual reports. 

So I started a little personal project for myself and I labeled it Stay Gold - a reminder to stay true to the things that really inspire me. Which was the reason I moved to California and the reason I got into art.

7 Surprising Things That Can Happen When You Shop Local

Sure, for every $100 you spend locally, nearly $70 goes back into your community, keeping it vibrant, energized and well, a great place to live.

However, better than that are the benefits you get socially from buying from your nearby boutiques and bars.  It turns out, that getting out and getting to know your neck of the woods also has social and emotional benefits that go beyond the feel good for supporting small businesses.

Q&A with Josh Israels, the founder of FAWN

Q2. What does FAWN actually do? What problem does it solve? How does it help merchants? How does it help the consumer?

FAWN is taking the mantra “shop local” and making it possible for us to actually do that.  Specifically, we’re gathering the best spots of any neighborhood and creating a mobile marketplace that lets us shop these store’s products, offers, and events....

Why I started FAWN

I am very much a resident of San Francisco. I love this city, and I love my neighborhoods – the boutiques, the bakeries, the bookstores, flower shops, coffee shops, all of it.

I love exploring things no one else has (and then telling others about it). I love hearing the stories of where products come from, how they were made, where they were sourced. More often than not, I even end up becoming friends with my favorite store owners.