When Sarah Pierre acquired 3 Parks Wine Shop (so named for its proximity to Atlanta’s Grant, Glenwood and Ormewood Park neighborhoods) the store had barely been open a few months and was still waiting for an identity and a vision for the future. Today, the welcoming space is home to an eclectic community of both casual drinkers and veritable connoisseurs, complete with regular tastings and a popular wine club.
As she approaches her 10-year anniversary at 3 Parks next year, Sarah says the best advice she received along the way actually came from a customer. “She was celebrating the 12th anniversary of her company, and I was just a couple years in,” recounts Sarah. “I think she could tell by the look in my eyes that I was just like, ‘How? How?!’”
The customer’s advice, which Sarah still shares with up-and-coming entrepreneurs today, was simple: Don’t compare yourself to others. “She was like, ‘I'm 10 years older than you! I've been doing this much longer than you. You'll get there. I can see it,’” recalls Sarah. “I'll never forget it. Now, here I am 9 years into the business, and I’m finally starting to see a lot of those things I was hoping for back then. It all happens in the time it's supposed to.”
Here, Mailchimp caught up with Sarah about what she learned when she turned her focus inward—on her unique strengths, on her community, and on her own wellbeing.