Career Day - Amy of Urban Digs, Greenville, SC Gift and Garden Shop

If you live in Greenville, then you hopefully know about Amy's shop, Urban Digs. It's a treasure trove of art, home goods, pretty plants, gifts, and the cutest kid's clothing and toys. Amy has curated her shop in a way that is homey and inviting but not a bit intimidating. Her candles are my absolute favorite and this place is my go-to for a last minute gift. She runs her shop with her pup by her side and you can count on both of them warmly greeting you as you walk through the door. That's enough of a reason for me to make a special trip to that side of town! I've loved hearing how different women in Greenville run their businesses and Amy is no exception! She's worked so hard and I hope y'all enjoy hearing her story and her advice as much as I did.

Portrait of Amy at her desk at Urban Digs, Greenville SC, Career day interview, retail

What’s your favorite part of your job?

As cliche as it may sound, my customers! I am beyond blessed to count some of the smartest, most artistic, funniest people as my regular customers. Everyday is different depending on who walks through the door! I love that and I love feeling like my store is part of a community.

exterior view of Greenville sc retails shop, Urban Digs
Amy's dog greets guests at Urban Digs, Greenville SC, Career day interview, retail

What are you looking forward to most this year? Any big goals or projects that get you excited? We've been working on a website for the store. Also, I'm looking for some new and interesting artists to add to the mix. What inspired you to open your shop?

I've worked in retail for over 25 years, but it was the birth of my twins (Ben & Zoe) that inspired me to go for it. They had a very traumatic birth and my son was in occupational and physical therapy for the first three years of his life. Their incredible strength made me stronger. When they were cleared of any medical issues, I quit my job and started the process of acquiring a small business loan.

Shop owner stands in her store, Urban Digs, Greenville SC, Career day interview, retail
Amy waters succulents in the window of her Greenville SC retail shop, Urban Digs, Greenville SC, Career day interview, retail
Cactus at Urban Digs, Greenville SC, Career day interview, retail
Amy watering her plants at Urban Digs, Greenville SC, Career day interview, retail

What was the best piece of business advice were you given when you were starting out?

"This store is you. It's your personality. You have to put the work in." - my dad

And I did, I worked 6 days a week for the first 3 years without a vacation or sick day.

What’s a personal motto or quote that describes how you view your work and/or business?

Trust your instincts.

A ceramic pot with green plants hangs at Urban Digs, Greenville SC retail shop
Vintage Glasses at Urban Digs, Greenville SC, Career day interview, retail
ceramic flower at Urban Digs gift shop

What do you like to do when you’re not at Urban Digs?

I'm an addict to all things vintage! I love to poke around estate sales, flea markets, and thrift stores!

Amy petting her dog at Urban Digs, Greenville SC, Career day interview
Amy working at the counter of her Greenville retail shop

Quick Q’s: Favorite area of your shop?

The front! Big windows, lots of plants!

Daily uniform?

Jeans!

Biggest influence in biz work? My Dad

Last book you read?

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

Favorite restaurant in Greenville?

The Lazy Goat never lets me down!

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