Why small businesses matter
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Why Small Businesses Matter shines a light on local business owners who volunteer their time, talent, goods and services for the benefit of our community. The shop local movement is spreading virally as local businesses that are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!
You are IT Dustin Malstrom Design Studio!
Three questions for Dustin Malstrom, founder of Dustin Malstrom Design Studio.
Why did you start your business?
Architecture has been central to my life since childhood, both in a physical and metaphorical sense. Building ideas and bringing them to life is what I find most exhilarating – quite simply, I am a builder!
Drawing parallels between entrepreneurship and architecture was not obvious until I was in my 30s – a liberating time when life started to make a little more sense. I’m more comfortable when I’m uncomfortable and I thrive when I’m challenged.
I build ideas, brands, buildings and anything else that I find exciting and inspiring. Our work aims to have a positive impact on humanity and our environment (the power of design).
What is your best-selling product/service?
Prior to covid, the majority of our projects consisted of experiential environments (welcome and marketing activations/events). Fast forward to 2021, we find ourselves back where we started – working mostly on residential architecture projects which were a pleasant surprise.
Have you “reinvented” your small business?
To some extent, yes. As mentioned above, the pandemic has diminished some of our business, however, we have seen a boom in our residential work. As a result, we have extended our services beyond architecture and design to include project management and production.
Based in Westport, Connecticut, we work everywhere with projects in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Connecticut.
Dustin would like to nominate Norma’s Barbershop in Westport to be featured next – “It’s a wonderful family business!”
Dustin Malstrom Design Studio is located at 4 Davenport Avenue in Westport. Visit Dustin Malstrom Design Studio online here, and be sure to check out their Facebook and Instagram pages too!
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