32-year-old Erin Gavle combined her love for travel and her knack for treasure-hunting into her business, Eldorado General Store in Detroit. The boutique carries a unique assortment of vintage and found curiosities from her life travels. She’s a former New York City advertising executive who left her cushy job and moved home to Detroit to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. She took the risk of uprooting her entire life to find peace of mind doing work that doesn’t feel like work at all.
I dropped out of college a few years before starting I Am Young Detroit in 2009. I left school early to move back to Detroit and join the workforce. I just couldn’t with school anymore. I loved design and enjoyed learning, but wasn’t feeling the traditional classroom setting that college offered. I was a mover and was always in need of motion, anything other than sitting down at a desk drowning in monotony. I admired my friends who thrived in college, but it just wasn’t for me. I hated the routine.
Tonight NPR, WDET, and Michel Martin are bringing together some of the Detroit’s most innovative chefs, performers, artists and craftsmen at The Carr Center for a live, on-stage conversation that explores the many challenges and triumphs they’ve encountered while striving to redefine life in Detroit.
I Am Young America has been invited to participate in a live twitter discussion during the event with NPR, local thought leaders, and you! Join us Thursday, May 21st at 7 p.m. ET, using hashtag #MotorCityDrive.
I Am Young America launches this June! Want to join our team and share young entrepreneur profiles from your area? I Am Young America is putting out a special call for Lead CitySpotters! If you’ve got strong photography skills, an excellent eye for design and are inspired by the next generation of entrepreneurs, read on.