Busy Bee Meets Boss Babes Part 6. Christophile Konstas

Happy Friday, Busy Bees! I have such a treat for you today. Grab your favorite cup of coffee and get ready for this amazing interview with Christophile Konstas!

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She's the co-owner of one of my FAVORITE coffee shops in RVA,  Perk! 

When my husband and I first bought our house in Forest Hill, I went exploring for a new coffee shop nearby. I went to quite a few of them that were great, but when I found Perk, I knew it would be my new go-to! 

I'm a sucker for chalkboard signs with beautiful lettering and that's the first thing that caught my eye when I entered the shop! The warm atmosphere, the smell of freshly roasted coffee and the breakfast sandwiches are all on point! I love the local vibe and supporting small businesses in RVA.

This is why I am SO honored and excited to have Christophile as part of the blog series. Can you believe I'm already up to my 6th guest? 

Let's get started! Meet Christophile! 

 

My parents are from Greece and I grew up in the food/hospitality business swearing that I would never go into the food industry myself.

I went to art school and got my master’s in documentary filmmaking.

After moving back to Richmond in 2009 and having my two boys, I started yearning for a neighborhood gathering space where I could stop in between preschool drop-offs for a coffee/snack or to sneak away to get some work done.

And then in 2015, I broke my promise to myself and took the plunge to open this cafe.

I joke that Perk! is exactly the coffeeshop I always wanted as a stay at home mom, too bad I’m not one anymore - haha.
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Tell us about your responsibilities as a boss babe, wife and mom to your precious boys! 

Well I think my biggest responsibilities are to my employees and making sure they are happy and taken care of here at Perk! If they are happy then they deliver great customer service and produce quality food and coffee - our main priorities as a food business.

And then from there maintaining productive relationships with our local vendors and driving business to the shop through promotion and fun events.

What routines do you have to keep you on task, and productive? 

Usually the night before I make a task list for the day ahead and try to check stuff off as I go.

I stay flexible and adaptable to the kids’ and shop’s schedules because someone’s inevitably going to get sick.

What keeps you motivated?

My family.

I have a supportive husband who is my go to for talking through problems even though he’s not involved in the day to day aspects of the business.

He was the first person to have faith in me as an entrepreneur and his confidence in me propels me everyday.

It’s also really important to me to raise our two boys to know and see women in leadership positions, owning businesses, etc.
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What are your favorite tools to stay productive and organized?

My life runs on Google.

Google Keep app on my phone is my taskmaster, I have my daily checklist on there and various shopping lists.

I use Google calendar for both business and personal schedules and Google Docs/Sheets/Drive to share documents with my business partner, Elizabeth Ellen, in Northern Virginia.

I also just have an analog notebook for jotting down ideas and general note-taking.

What do you say to people who look at you and think, "I just don't know how she does it all!" 
How do you maintain a positive work/life balance?!

I don’t do it all! —haha— I do what I can (with help!) and try to prioritize.

There are many times I feel real guilt for not spending enough time with my family, but I try not to beat myself up too badly and use it as motivation to streamline my life to allow for more personal/family time.

Tomorrow is a new chance to do better.

I just came back from a three week family vacation and it was just the reset we all needed.
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One last piece of advice? 

A favorite quote (that probably is falsely attributed to Abraham Lincoln),

’Great things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.’

Never rest on your laurels, there’s always something to learn or expand on.

Even on vacation I try to visit coffeeshops and other food businesses for research and inspiration.

And most importantly, self-care. When you’re in the thick of it and can’t see the forest for the trees, step away.

A three week vacation might be decadent for a lot of people, but if you asked my employees I came back a much happier and calmer boss lady!

I hope you all enjoyed getting a sneak peek into Christophile's life. I loved how she swore never to enter the food business, only to open a cafe of her own!

I've also seen a common theme among boss babes; they first felt love and support from their husband to pursue their dreams! This makes me so happy to read and something I can relate to. It's so important to have people in your life that believe in you, sometimes more than you believe in yourself! I know that I wouldn't have achieved as much without the encouragement and support of my amazing husband! 

This is a huge reason why I started my productivity coaching business. I hope to be that source of accountability, encouragement and support for other people with a big dream. 

My last takeaway this week was to "never rest on your laurels." I'm going to be completely transparent here and tell you I had never heard that expression so when I looked it up it rang so true! 

I'm reading the Success Principles by Jack Canfield, and he talks about this idea in his book. It means not to stop once you've already reached your dream. If your goal was to double your income next year, and you do it, don't stop there! Keep pushing further and harder. 

As Christophile says, "there is always something to learn or expand on!" I love it.

Thanks again for being part of the blog series, Christophile! 

Have an amazing weekend busy bees! Thanks for reading! 

xoxo,
Danise

 

Follow Christophile and Perk! at: 

www.perkbonair.com
https://www.facebook.com/perkbonair/ https://www.instagram.com/perkbonair