This week on Women Who Inspire we are featuring not just one inspiring gal, but two. Meet sisters Megan and Moria, the ladies behind M. Flynn, a fine jewelry retail boutique in Boston’s, South End.
I can’t believe it has been over 15 years since I was working just down the hall from Megan and Moria. They were just getting their small business off the ground with fabulous statement necklaces, and I had a studio for my business Best In Faux, a decorative painting company. I’m sure I was distracting to them as I would constantly pop in and out of their studio to hang. Then in 2009, they went from just a studio space to a full-fledged flagship store. Now in 2020, they are a go-to for fine jewelry, custom work, and gorgeous eternity bands. (I have my eye on one for an anniversary present) They have also earned themselves a spot in Best of Boston more than a few times and create lots of chatter for bloggers and wedding magazines.
While their store has only been open a little over 10 years, their love of jewelry making started much earlier. As children, the girls loved creating their own designs and it became a hobby they continued throughout. It was something that they had always enjoyed doing together, and eventually, they were able to turn it into a successful retail business. They have both brought their different educational backgrounds and love of design to create a lasting and growing brand. It is inspiring how well they work together as not only as business partners but also as sisters.
Now, like many small businesses, they are navigating a retail business while having to have their physical store closed during a pandemic. Of course, you can still shop through their website, and also learn more about their company here.
HERE IS MY INTERVIEW WITH MEGAN FLYNN
What is the best piece of career advice you have ever received?
Take a moment beginning of the day to make a list of what you want to accomplish. Also, learn to say no. I used to try everything even if I knew I wasn’t right. Saying no sometimes feels good and we can’t please everyone. We were saying yes to things and struggling to do them well.
What other women do you admire, and anything you want to share about them?
We are surrounded by so many women who are running small businesses around us and they are all inspiring to us. We have a group of women that we run things by all the time- Christina from STIK, Lucy from Grogan & Co., Jill from Hudson, Natalie from Lekker…just to name a few. We also work a lot with Patch NYC & Phillip from Sault.
What app can’t you live without?
Right now Tik Tok is making us laugh.
What is your favorite podcast and or book?
What piece of advice would you share with other women?
Well right now this environment is a test for everyone and if you are managing a business or home with kids, it’s a real test. Personally, it’s forcing Moria and me to think about what was not working in our business and how we can make our lives better moving forward. I think we can all take this time to have productive conversations with ourselves on how we want to change our lives for the better once we have the freedom to do so. Things were always moving so fast that we never could take the time to think.
What are you most grateful for?
My HEALTH, my family, and especially the relationship my sister that allows us to work every day together and not kill each other. I am also grateful to our husbands for putting up with us talking to each other on the phone a million times a day.