“We knew we wanted a co-working space, so I researched a lot, and we tried them all,” Williams notes. “But we felt connected here at Hygge, and we loved the vibe here immediately.”
As well, Hygge tapped into one of the things the Williams’ sought out from Charlotte when they returned to North Carolina post-travel – the emerging entrepreneurial community.
“Everyone here at Hygge ‘gets’ what a risk it is to pursue an idea like this, and there’s something real about the people here who understand that,” she admits. “And we’ve met a lot of people here who have become a part of our world – co-workers who are now clients; people here who help us connect to resources we need, that kind of thing.”
Other relationships critical to Waggle’s footprint and success? Queen City Paw Tribe, or QCPT. This partnership exists between The Dog Salon, VetweRx, KeenDog Training, and The Waggle Company. QCPT was formed to provide trusted resources to the Charlotte dog owner community. (Special note: Waggle partnered with three, female-owned businesses to shape this partnership.)
“Waggle is a lot of logistics, but it’s fun stuff to cater to contemporary needs– and it’s fun that we can do all this with and for pets,” Williams shares. “And to provide a useful service that provides an impact that matters to people in Charlotte means a lot.”
A MOMENT OF TRUTH WITH MEGGIE WILLIAMS: So, you’ve been married to Sebastian for four years, and now you own a business together. How do you make it work without getting at each other?
COMMUNICATE CONSTRUCTIVELY: “We learned to communicate constructively and realistically on our trip. We know our own and each other’s strengths, weaknesses, and skill sets.”
FIND A GOOD CADENCE: “Because we know strengths, weaknesses and skill sets, we know each other’s role, and they’re each in totally different areas which helps us not get at each other. We each have our own things within Waggle.”
TAKE OFF THE WORK HAT, PUT ON THE PERSONAL HAT: “It’s really easy for these worlds to intersect and compete, so we both have to be adamant about when we’re wearing which hat.”
R-E-S-P-E-C-T: “Respect for each other and what we’re building is THE underlying aspect of what makes all this work.”
***UPDATE: The Waggle Company changed their name to Skipper in June 2018 reflect the company’s broader vision to shape the future of pet care services.