In this episode, co-hosts Kristina, Mike & Sharon sit down with Andria Witt; owner of Blown, a southern Indiana business, to talk overcoming obstacles in the face of adversity and empowering women to feel their best. This is an inspirational story you won’t want to miss!
You’ll be blown away by this inspirational story of a small business owner who is now seeing her dream realized of empowering brides and all women to look and feel their best!
Join us for this inspirational story of Southern Indiana wedding industry vendor, Andria Witt of Blown, as she tells us how she overcame many obstacles to follow her bliss and become a successful business owner.
It is said women should lift each other up! Tune in to hear how one southern Indiana business owner is doing just that…. In spite of all the obstacles presented to her.
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Sharon Rumsey 0:00
Andrea Wint is truly a queen, who knows how to straighten another woman's crown.
Kristina Stubblefield 0:05
This amazing lady is not only an entrepreneur, a mother of five, a nurse, and a soldier, we mean that literally, she is an inspiration to everyone who knows her. Join us as we explore the journey of this true hero.
You got engaged. Now what? Happy? Yes, joyful time, of course, stressed and overwhelmed. 100% Don't worry, you're in the right place. Welcome to the ring, the blink and all the things where we will get you from down on one knee to down the aisle. We'll cover all things from yes to I do's and all that happens in between. Hi, I'm Kristina Stubblefield, one of your hosts, along with my two good friends, Michael Gaddie, and Sharon Rumsey. With over 50 years of wedding experience between us. We have seen it, heard it, done it and found a way around it. So buckle up and enjoy the journey. Now, let's get started with this episode.
So I'm probably looking forward to this episode more so than some of the others we've done in the past because we have a guest. And I know you heard a little bit about her in the intro, but maybe this one hits home a little bit closer to me because she has a business that's in my hometown of Southern Indiana. So Sharon, why don't you take the reins introducer and she has an awesome story. Not only that, I think our listeners will love to hear but it's really inspiring.
Sharon Rumsey 1:52
We are so pumped today to have Andrea Wint. She's the owner of blown it is a blowout bar in New Albany, Indiana, Southern Indiana where Christina and I are from
Kristina Stubblefield 2:04
this is how many times have you been there, Sharon?
Sharon Rumsey 2:06
I've been twice I know you
Kristina Stubblefield 2:08
have an every time you're like Kristina, you have to go do this. You have to try it. It is
Sharon Rumsey 2:13
amazing. So the the way that I met Andrea is actually kind of a cool story. I had a wedding coming up, and my hair looked a hot hot mess. And I know I knew I needed to have good hair for the weekend. So
Kristina Stubblefield 2:27
she hadn't said hot hot, not a hot mess, Mike. I mean, you're gonna chime in and she just won't
Sharon Rumsey 2:31
let you I just wanted to get my hair styled. And I found blown on I just googled, I didn't know they were there. It literally was 15 minutes from my house. I went there and I had the best experience. It's the cutest place. I felt like a princess. Got my hair styled. But as I was leaving, I met Andrea. And we started talking and I asked her a little bit about her business, I found out that we both had a background in health care. And I have so much respect for Andrea because she is a member of our military and has served our country and recently was deployed to New York City to help with COVID. So just really got to know her and think, you know, this is someone I want to connect with. And I want to know, someone I would trust My Brides with. So as we started talking, she actually was very interested in. They specialize in bridal hair. And I didn't know that I just went to get my own hair done. So anyway, that's how I met Andrea and we just formed a fast friendships. So we're super excited. She's here.
Kristina Stubblefield 3:38
One of the things I remember Andrea that and we're gonna let you talk I promise. One of the things that Sharon first told me when she was like, you have to go try this is she's like, I felt at home. And she said when I left, I felt like I could do anything. And she said, I'm going back you need to go try it. But Andrea, thank you for taking time out. And you may have to be here for a while because we really want to talk about your story. We want to talk about wedding. Of course it's a wedding podcast. But tell us a little bit about your story and share with our listeners up to the point of opening your business.
Andrea Wint 4:17
Yeah, it was kind of a whirlwind thing. And I get a lot of questions as urine nurse, how did you open a blowout bar, and I I don't have my cosmetology license. But it's always been a passion of mine to have my own space and how my own creative creative outlet and one of my biggest missions through opening everything was to empower women. And I wasn't really sure what that was going to look like. But everything fell into place with the blowout bar now beauty bar because we have makeup services. But um, so prior to that opening, I have my Rn and I've been In the military now for going on 17 years.
Kristina Stubblefield 5:03
Wow, that is an amazing thing. You know what? And thank you for your service. I know. Thank you. I knew they would eventually Speak up. But in all honesty, thank you for your service and keep going. Well, thank
Andrea Wint 5:16
you for your support. And yeah, my my story joining the military is not very heroic, though. I was a bad like little brat. And my long story short, I was out partying too late, and my parents came and they're like, okay, you're not gonna live in our house, and not have a full time job and not, you know, or be going to school full time, because I just graduated. And I was like, Oh, you guys are so horrible. I'm moving out. And my dad who's been in the army for as long as I was born, said, Well, if you're serious, then you should join the military, because they'll pay for your bills and all that. And I said, sign me up.
Kristina Stubblefield 6:01
And you probably set it just like
Andrea Wint 6:03
that. Oh, yeah, I was even more sassy.
Kristina Stubblefield 6:07
We can all relate to that. I don't know if we should share too much of that. Right. Sharon might.
Sharon Rumsey 6:13
Andrea Wint 6:13
mean, it's just part of the territory. You have to have a little backbone, I think. But, um, so I learned quickly that joining the military to get away from structure was not the best
Kristina Stubblefield 6:24
plan. Oh, that's what you were thinking. Yeah. I,
Andrea Wint 6:27
I wasn't thinking I wouldn't
Kristina Stubblefield 6:29
take you long to figure that
Andrea Wint 6:30
out. Right. And every year, go like past that. And joining. I was like I'm getting now. And not until I went to school and got my rn. And then I could direct commissioned into a captain into the army as a nurse. Then I started seeing the big picture, and getting to travel a lot and do humanitarian work. And I've just have really been blessed with my army career. And I've learned a lot. And the relationships I've gained have been awesome. So yeah, it's been good. I was in South Korea this time last year with them, and then just recently deployed to New York City during the beginning of the COVID. epidemic. And so I kind of got sidetracked there. But anyway, I
Kristina Stubblefield 7:25
that's okay. We'll let you go down as many rabbit holes as you want.
Sharon Rumsey 7:28
We love hearing
Kristina Stubblefield 7:29
your story. It was a it was about the time you were opening. Right. You got deployed, if I remember the story correctly. Oh, yeah.
Andrea Wint 7:37
So I, about a year ago, right now, when I was in Korea, I was in a on our off time I was in a coffee shop, and I was typing up my business plan. And I was working civilian side as a nurse liaison. So that's kind of like a salesy type role, where you help patients get into long term care facility. And so I had a great job, I made really good money. But this opportunity to open the blow up bar had been presented to me by Kate, who owns body and brown. She was a very big mentor to me and getting started. And so I was working on that. And then I got back to where the building where blown is currently now. And my husband came with me and we just went for it. And so, throughout that time, it just took a couple months to do some of the build out. And then I found my girls, which I say are my angels drop from heaven. They're literally so perfect for my mission and making people feel empowered when they come in
Andrea Wint 8:49
and you have a special name for them. Yes, the
Andrea Wint 8:51
Andrea Wint 8:53
Yes. Love it.
Sharon Rumsey 8:54
They are the sweetest they are you I feel
Andrea Wint 8:57
very blessed with them. And we've recently added Amelia, who's awesome. You'll have to meet her soon. Okay, so then when I got back we did some education did. I had a whole month plan of how everything was gonna flow had two days of family friends days where their their close family would come in, get 50% off and it was kind of still part of our training. Well, we were supposed to go live March 18. And I had people calling in saying hey, I've scheduled but I'm not feeling very comfortable going out anymore. I'm gonna I'm gonna cancel my appointment. So started to feel, you know, heavy like, why was I? Oh my god, I cannot believe I've just opened this during a pandemic. Well, Kate, who was mentoring me said you know, Andrea, it's this is before the the government had mandated the shutdown. It's probably better idea for you to just go ahead and, and close, because not making money is better than losing money. And just postpone your opening.
Kristina Stubblefield 10:10
That is such a strong statement that you just said, and I know, ours is a wedding podcast. But that is such a strong business statement, you know, making that decision, you know, to really put your business in, do the best for it and not try to maneuver through such a good statement to share with people. Well, thank you.
Andrea Wint 10:29
It was hard. I remember kind of cleaning up in the in the salon, and I sent the girls home. And it just hit me that I was gonna have to postpone this. And I just like sat in there and cried. And then I remember my neighbor's elderberry. She sells that syrup. It's amazing. It's amino building.
Kristina Stubblefield 10:53
The elderberry company.
Andrea Wint 10:54
Yes, yes, Jenny, she had reached out and said, If you ever need anything, let me know. Well, during this, the beginning of the pandemic, I mean, she really was in her prime of people were really trying to support their immune systems. And so I asked her if my girls could work for her, and help package things while we weren't open. Because that was my biggest concern as I had taken these women, and, and trusted them that you know, or, you know, they had trusted me that I'm now supporting them. And then it was like, I didn't want to leave them out. Just because this wasn't going to come through. So Jenny employed my girls for a short time throughout the pandemic. And then literally a couple days later, I had a text from my army unit saying, Have your stuff ready, and you need to report tomorrow by noon, you're being deployed.
Sharon Rumsey 11:59
And what Andrea has not told us yet that I happen to notice from being her friend is in the midst of all this. Andrea is a mother of five children.
Kristina Stubblefield 12:07
I forgot about the kids. Sorry, Mike, we didn't fill you in on all of that. But that's why we said her story. It's going to hit home anyone who thinks women aren't strong.
Sharon Rumsey 12:18
There you go.
Kristina Stubblefield 12:20
So you're headed to New York,
Andrea Wint 12:24
I didn't know we were going to New York it was we were given no information that was probably the most stressful part about the whole thing which the whole country, the world I feel was in the same position and not knowing. But we were deployed to our unit, which is based out of Indianapolis. And then we were then broken up into different groups, they were Task Force. And then we were broken up into the different cities that were hot spots at the time. So it was two weeks have really no information. We were in New Jersey, actually. And then I was out on a run with a couple of my friends. And we got a text saying you guys need to report now mandatory formation. And then they told us that we're leaving for New York that night. And so there was a lot of adrenaline people had mixed feelings about being there, because this was like the hot spot. And me personally, I was excited to be in New York.
Kristina Stubblefield 13:34
Oh, excited. elaborate on that a little bit. Because you hadn't been there before? Because that's maybe the place that people needed. Yeah, the most more. So
Andrea Wint 13:45
I'd actually my first marriage was proposed in New York. So I wanted a different experience.
Kristina Stubblefield 13:53
And she wants to go head chair and sure got one
Andrea Wint 13:56
I did. Not quite the one I was looking for. But no more. So I mean that. I knew that that was the hot spot. And I felt like that's where we're really going to be needed.
Andrea Wint 14:12
That's an amazing story. I just, I'm blown
Sharon Rumsey 14:16
away. See how I got that in there?
Kristina Stubblefield 14:20
I know you all were looking at me, but you know what is just running through my mind and I hesitated saying it was this right here is those posters, those sayings that you hear people say people like her are running in when the rest of us are trying to figure out how to stay safe ourselves. Absolutely.
Sharon Rumsey 14:43
I remember, you know, going to pay my bill the first time I went to get my hair done and just started talking to andrean heard some of that story. Not all of it but just heard that story. And I just thought this this is a hero like and I said I said I want to get to know you better. Like I just sent it right there in the, in the salon. And I'm so glad that I did.
Kristina Stubblefield 15:05
And I would really love to hear your take on the stuff that you went through and stuff there. But what you have to offer here locally, again, shooting a recording out of Louisville, Kentucky area, Southern Indiana, is your take on empowering women, and there's so much people can learn and develop from that themselves. So when you came back from New York, how long were you there? nine weeks. I bet that was nine very long weeks.
Andrea Wint 15:40
It was and wasn't. On one hand, it was a really great time for self development. For me, I got married very young, I had children younger. And this was the first time that I was really alone with myself. And when things were so you know, just not really a lot of control. I mean, I think everybody felt that way that they didn't have control over their life at that time, that the military provided that stability in that kind of safe space, even though I was in the most safe place in a sense, but I felt safe there. And we would I had hotel room to myself, and just having that time just with myself. It was actually very healing. And I had a harder time actually transitioning back home. And I felt some guilt to that. Because it's like, well, you've been gone, you should, you know, want to be back in your life and with your kids and everything. But just coming back to that was kind of a hard time for me.
Kristina Stubblefield 16:54
Plus, on your plate is what to do with your business that you've already poured so much into. Oh, yeah,
Sharon Rumsey 17:02
I just can't imagine all that you were juggling at that time I shoe.
Andrea Wint 17:08
Yeah, I was a lot.
Kristina Stubblefield 17:11
There's almost I know, we're hesitating here because there's so many things swirling in our heads if you're all thinking what I'm thinking, and I want to get too, too blown, because I want to make sure people get that message. But so you come back. What's the plan with Bloom?
Andrea Wint 17:28
Well, Kate had Kate, the owner of Bonnie and brow had been gracious enough to help run things for me while I was away, we were in contact very frequently, a gone and while I was away and all that. So she had actually opened up for me. I think it was the end of May. And then I got home beginning of June. And so she had things going. And then I came back. And I was super excited to be back but also that, that overwhelming feeling of oh my gosh, I've got these people dependent on me now for their income. How am I going to make this work. And we've been very fortunate to be common contact with Sharon, that was a huge blessing to be a part of the bridal network. That was something that was opened up for me we've done girls night out events and just had to get creative with our space. So it it's been amazing. I love what I'm doing so much. I everyone's like, Don't you miss nursing and for me, I love nursing because of the relationships with people. So I'm still getting that and it's in a different way.
Kristina Stubblefield 18:51
And when you talk about empowering women on their special day, their their day that they put so much into their wedding day, a way for you to I don't wanna say fill that gap, a way that you connect with people and what you offer for your services. That just can take it to a whole nother level when we talk about weddings and wedding parties and brides. Yes,
Andrea Wint 19:18
I that was like I said my main mission was just empowering women. And I was recently challenged with that had some introspection as to what exactly do I want people to come across when I say empower women? What really does that even mean? And my husband kind of jokingly said, Well, I think you should do because we do like I've had a dancer come in and teach kind of like a saucy spicy dance. And I'm like, well, that's empowering women to just be free with your body and embrace your curves and just get down with it. And he's like, Well, what I mean just kind of like Pulling more like like the depth the mat, like, what do you really mean by that. And so we recently started a program called fearless flawless. And that is where you are able to donate or sponsor someone who wouldn't normally come for a blowout or couldn't afford one, or just wouldn't splurge on themselves like that. You can sponsor a woman for that service, and then blown will provide their makeup for free. And so I've reached out to St. Elizabeth, which is a women's shelter in New Albany. And they have a couple women that the director was saying that they would really benefit from that service, just because they've, like all of us have had a really rough year and just need some time for themselves. And so that's a program I'm very proud of. And my girls are all on board with it. And so I I'm so excited to be doing that stuff. Now.
Sharon Rumsey 21:04
I remember seeing your Instagram post about that. And just with some stuff in my background, it really hit home for me. And I texted Christina. And I said look at blooms, Instagram, she did
Kristina Stubblefield 21:19
you actually I even think sent me a screenshot of it.
Sharon Rumsey 21:21
And I immediately clicked on it. Yeah, we were pretty impressed with that. I love how you said to a lady who's maybe trying to better herself and going for a job interview or something and wants to look and feel her best and feel confident. She can come in and use that service through people's donations before her interview. I think that's amazing.
Andrea Wint 21:43
Yeah, and I actually had a local foot photographer reach out to me, Brooke Hollis, and say that she would be willing to sponsor their headshots. Wow. For their LinkedIn,
Sharon Rumsey 21:55
there's no telling where that's gonna go. Right. So
Andrea Wint 21:57
we've had a lot of great outpouring, and people have been so generous with donating. And it all
Kristina Stubblefield 22:03
started with you. You started something that has the potential. There is no end in sight. It can. It's limitless. And kudos to you for wanting to better others. And what you can, what you're going to do and the people you're going to help. You probably have no idea right now. But I can't wait to see where that goes. I really can't. Well, and I feel like it's only appropriate to let Sharon send you off. But Mike, do you want to say anything to Andrea first, because Sharon's not going to let us talk anymore. Oh, thank you.
Andrea Wint 22:43
Thank you for being here. And thank you for your service. You're a wonderful lady. And
Andrea Wint 22:48
I mean, I've
Kristina Stubblefield 22:49
been touched by what you've told us today. So thank you for taking time out of your busy day for being here. And you've kind of left us speechless. In some spot, you really have you know what? Yes, we can edit. But I'm be honest with you, I don't see us editing those out, because you really brought the three of us to a place that with and I can think I can speak on behalf of the two of them that in the world that we have and what we have going on right now. To hear the stuff that you shared with us, I think you're gonna make a very big impact on the people. We hope there's some people that will listen to this podcast. But in all seriousness, I don't think there's a better time for people to hear that message. I think it will hit home with a lot of people. And I will leave you with thank you for what you're doing. Thank you for your mission to empower women and men because I don't want to leave Mike out. Yes. But in all honesty, thank you. And thank you for having that in our community. I hope every community out there across the world could have someone that would be so dedicated to a mission that is so selfless. And I mean that. Sorry, Sharon, good luck.
Sharon Rumsey 23:59
Well, I don't know if I can follow those two. But I want to echo what Mike and Christina said and just thank you so much for being here. I I just felt like my grandma used to call. Little bitty things that happen in your life, God winks. And I feel like meeting in your shop that day was a god wink. And I think that I met a friend and I felt an instant connection. And I feel like it's the beginning of sharing lots of brides and things about our lives and just everything so we're super excited to have you here and to share our business with you. Well, actually guys are gonna make me
Kristina Stubblefield 24:33
cry. Like I'm not letting Sharon son off like that because I feel like he is my friend too, don't you?
Sharon Rumsey 24:39
Definitely. Yeah, bear back off.
Kristina Stubblefield 24:42
Well, on that note, thanks, Andrew. We really appreciate it and we can't wait to be around your bells more
Sharon Rumsey 24:49
shout out to the best shout
Kristina Stubblefield 24:50
out to the bells and you got to follow her on Instagram, the best Instagram. Thank you. Sharon talks about it all the time, but Very positive, and I can see how much joy in the way you treat your team. I'm gonna call them team, your bells. It is something for people to pay attention to and how they treat their team and their staff.
Sharon Rumsey 25:16
So I think the fact that you made sure your employees were taken care of when you yourself didn't know what tomorrow held for your business says a lot about who you are. Thank
Kristina Stubblefield 25:25
you. Okay, we're gonna have to stop the recording because I the tears are getting ready to come. So anyways, but and that's okay. Tears are welcome here too. That's okay, that's a safe space. So thank you, Andrea, we've closed out 14 times. But this time, we're really going to let go. We appreciate you being here. Thank you, Sharon, for making sure that this was set up. We really appreciate you taking time.
Andrea Wint 25:51
Thank you guys. This
Andrea Wint 25:52
Kristina Stubblefield 26:05
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Owner, Blown Blowouts
I am proud to be owner and founder of Blown Blowouts! I am a registered nurse by trade along with actively serving as an officer in the Army Reserves. For as long as I can remember I have been drawn to the beauty industry. I enjoy uplifting women to feel empowered and beautiful through self- care. My dream is now a reality, in opening New Albany’s first blowout bar. When I am not assisting the Belle’s at Blown, you can find me with my husband and our five children. Fun fact – our signature blowouts are named after them. I enjoy community outreach, working out, and all things pampering! I will never turn down a chance to karaoke or dance out on the dance floor!