Two things were obvious on the first night of seeing the storefront and meeting the team. Not only does Ollie Quinn strive for fashionable, quality eye wear that is accessible, but it also strives to be a good community member as a business.
Ollie Quinn is one of the newest shops to open in Cap Hill on the bustling corner of Pike and Broadway. I was lucky enough to be invited to the OQ grand opening party about two months ago and fell in love with this shop for more than just its aesthetic. One thing that I really admire about Ollie Quinn as a company is how quickly it introduced itself and partnered with neighbouring businesses for its launch party. Partnering alongside Molly Moon’s ice cream, Juniper Nail Bar, and Oddfellows Cafe, Ollie Quinn coordinated a fun night of introductions to their team – who also traveled across coasts and even internationally – to be great hosts!
“Ollie Quinn is a ‘glocal’ brand in that we think globally and act locally. We do have an international presence and we’re growing into new regions, but it’s really important for us to maintain close ties within our local communities and grow with them. Staying connected with creatives who live and work near our boutiques, and collaborating with neighbouring brands who share our values is integral to who we are.”
– Michael Andersen, CEO, Ollie Quinn North America
Since joining the Cap Hill neighbourhood, Ollie Quinn has already made quite the splash with the local community. After being approached by a local community member about needing a space for a Hurricane Harvey fundraising event, Ollie Quinn graciously opened its doors to host. Not only did this bring the community together, but it also raised awareness for this global event. OQ also opened its doors to participate as a stop as part of the iconic Seattle Art Walk at the end of the Summer.
Coming up later this month, OQ will be participating in the Cap Hill Lit Crawl on October 19 from 6-6:45pm. If you’re not able to make the Lit Crawl and think this space is a cute one to work from, here’s when OQ gets more awesome!
With Ollie Quinn’s commitment to community, they offer open co-working space to anyone during store hours (available at every store location. How does this work? Well, you see the big table in the photo below? That is the open space where all of the OQ members work from and any other open seats are available – for free – to folks in the community to bring their laptops and work alongside the OQ team.
Being in such a prime location of Cap Hill, offering free co-working space is a big deal. While I haven’t brought my laptop in to work there myself (yet), I’m excited to do it soon! The staff is incredible friendly (Hi Briar and Kelsey!) and I couldn’t be more jazzed to have such a community-centric company join the Cap Hill neighbourhood.