DANI LANDGREBE | NOMAD.BREADTH
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Hey! My name is Dani Landgrebe, and I am the owner + designer of Nomad Breadth jewelry. I grew up in Valparaiso, and I’ve lived in or around Valpo my whole life. I live downtown now with my boyfriend Ernie and our pup Remy. I went to college at Purdue North Central (now PNW) and graduated with my Communications degree in 2015.
I wasn’t stoked with the experience I was hoping for in the corporate setting, so I decided to drop down to part time and go back to my roots of serving in restaurants. The extra time allowed for me to start dabbling with jewelry again, and I started my business to get the experience I wanted to pursue. I started doing markets after Gabrielle started Aster + Gray, and asked me to sell in her store. The markets then started and I haven’t looked back since!
TELL US ABOUT NOMAD BREADTH
Growing up, I was always collecting stones looking for arrowheads, beach glass, crinoids, and interesting sticks when walking through fields and the beaches in Northwest Indiana. I have always been fascinated by nature, and repurposing old jewelry. Eventually the two came together and I started needing more supplies than my old jewelry could keep up with. It’s just snowballed from there! ☺
HOW MANY EMPLOYEES DO YOU HAVE?
It’s just myself for now, but sometimes my boyfriend and my mom help with setting up or tearing down at shows.
WHAT IS IN THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR BUSINESS’ NAME?
The truth is, I had no intentions of Nomad Breadth becoming anything more than a personal project, but I felt guilty bombarding my personal social media friends with random jewelry. That’s where “Nomad Breadth” comes in. Since, I use all natural stones that come from all over the world – you get the “Nomad,” and since they are all derived of the same elements created in the Big Bang that created all life – you get the “Breadth.”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR?
I am a very transparent person, so feeling 100% confident answering questions for people is probably my favorite part. I also love creating my own hours and at the end of the day knowing I created this. It’s really gratifying to have a partnership with nature and the people in our community.
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART ABOUT BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR?
Oh my gosh, I’m so unbelievably right brained. So, paperwork is incredibly challenging.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT?
Ricochet and Meditrina! Decision-making isn’t my strong suit.
FAVORITE LOCAL SHOP?
Aster + Gray and Society! Again, decision-making isn’t my strong suit.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ENTREPRENEUR RESOURCE?
Simply talking to fellow entrepreneurs and customers I have become friends with through shows I have done. I have seriously met some of the best people through this little business of mine, and I am forever grateful. The Collective has introduced me to even more of these incredible people I probably would not have met otherwise. This whole thing has been such a learning curve and has been amazingly helpful to gain new insights.
WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE THING YOU’VE LEARNED BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR?
Know your limits and set your boundaries. Balance is key, but it’s easier said than done.
Oi vey. Probably Valpo Velvet ice cream or Albanese Gummy Bears.
FUN FACT ABOUT YOU?
I have always loved music, and I have seen over 150 shows, including one of Chuck Berry’s last shows in Chicago.