253. On the Job with Steph Blozy, Owner of Fleet Feet Sports West Hartford
Ali on the Run Show
"We are obviously a business and we need to sell running shoes to make money, but I feel a very big obligation to be that hub of the community and be that leader and driver to connect people and to help out others." Steph Blozy is the owner of Fleet Feet Sports in West Hartford, one of the leading run specialty stores in the country. Steph is so much more than a running store owner, though: She's truly a community builder and leader, and on this episode, she talks about how she's built such a strong, supportive community in Connecticut. (Her "special sprinkle of magic," she calls it.) Steph's road to running store ownership wasn't a straight one: She got her start as a meteorologist! Click here to hear more from Steph and about how she's adapted during the pandemic both personally and on the job. Thank you to Tracksmith for sponsoring the On the Job series on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to tracksmith.com/ontherun and use code ONTHERUN15 at checkout for 15% off your first Tracksmith purchase! Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
Ep 4 - Unbalanced presents Steph Blozy Fleet Feet Hartford
UnBalanced - Keith Kelly and Kevin Adams
Week 8 of the Pandemic and we remain at home working through video meeting software while remaining positive and optimistic. Some running stores have started to open though staff must wear masks and there is a limited number of customers allowed in store. Hours of operation have been reduced and it’s not business as usual. The pent-up demand for running product however, and the desire to get outside for a run or walk, means stores are seeing more customers than expected.That feeling of optimism is very much embodied by this weeks guest. Stephanie Blozy. Steph has seen her fair share of storms both figuratively and literally. She started out as a meteorologist and for the best part of 15 years she was known as Stephanie of Weatherbug. She chased storms and now finds herself amidst a different storm but one just as devastating.Kevin and I sit down with Steph and listen to her recount her story of how she and her sister Carrie switched careers on a bit of a whim to ultimately become the owners of Fleet Feet West Hartford. They opened in 2008 amid the wall street recession and they made it work. Steph says, if you’re gonna bet on anyone, bet on yourself. And she’s been winning those bets ever since.So now, in 2020 She and her sister are in the shadow of the epicenter of the COVID-19 breakout in New York City. And as expected they are tackling this crisis head on. Steph tells us what they’re doing to continue to positively impact their community. She shares stories of still providing shoes for the homeless living on the streets and being present to offer advice over zoom and FaceTime in the form of virtual fittings. Its quite the inspirational journey and one I’m sure you will all enjoy.PeaceKeith and Kevin.