I met Brooke a couple of years ago in Myrtle Beach, SC at my cousin’s Graduation. A few years later we would even vacation together in the Dominican Republic (what a great time we had!). She has such a bubbly personality, is super sweet and also happens to be an awesome surfer. She’s even traveled and lived in some amazing places, like Hawaii, to catch bigger and better waves. After settling down back home in Myrtle Beach, she decided to open up her own açaí bowl shop and has been dedicated to it for the past two years.
Brooke’s free spirit, determination and drive towards her passions is what makes her a total #girlboss. She took something she absolutely loved (and also happens to be so delicious) and made it into her own business – Shaka-Laka Bowls of NMB.
Name: Brooke Bedsaul
Business : Shaka-Laka Bowls of NMB
Established Year: 2018
Tell me more about YOU, the dedicated and hardworking Girl Boss behind the business.
I am 27 years old and I grew up in North Myrtle Beach, SC. From a young age (about 10 years old) I fell in love with surfing. This turned into a whole lifestyle and my passion soon became traveling the world to find all the best waves and surf spots.
When I was in college, I discovered another passion of mine which was healthy eating/fitness. This led me into wanting to try new fruits, veggies, and anything healthy! Being a surfer, I wanted to be the healthiest version of me. After college, I lived in California and then Maui and then Florida doing various jobs before I settled back home here in North Myrtle Beach.
Tell us more about your business and how you became a Girl Boss.
I had my first açaí bowl in Hawaii back in 2014. I became OBSESSED! Not only the health benefits of the superfruit but the amazing taste! Also love being able to top an açaí bowl with my favorite fruits and of course peanut butter! After Hawaii, I kept finding açaí bowls anywhere I would travel to. Once I moved home, I started making them every day at my house because there wasn’t an açaí shop here in North Myrtle.
At this point I was in between jobs and had the idea in mind that I would love to own my own business but wasn’t sure of what kind. I wanted to tie in surfing and healthy eating because those were my passions. That’s when the aloha theme of Shaka-Laka Bowls came to life! I found a spot near the beach and my mom and dad helped me get it up and running in no time. It all just kinda fell into place!
What does it mean to you to be a #GIRLBOSS?
Being a girl boss means having the drive and courage to step out of your comfort zone and stick with your dream during the good and the bad! Girl bosses are hustlers and are capable of so much! I think of myself as a girl boss as I’ve had the advantage of always having that go-getter personality and always diving into something head first. If I’m in something, I’m all in. I refuse to never give up on something I want.
What do you love most about running your own business and being a Girl Boss?
I love being able to really share my passions with my community and feel like I’m making a difference here. I want to share the good vibes and healthy food with everyone that comes to the door. I love being able to really get to know my customers on a personal level and have that local feel here at my store. I love being the voice in anything new I want to add here and also just the fun that comes along with being your own boss.
I get to hustle really hard all year and I take off the months of December and January…I have to sneak off on surf trips sometimes right? Haha!
What are some of the challenges you’ve faced in being a business owner?
Along with all of the positive things with owning your own business, it is not always fun and games. It’s way more work and stress than I ever imagined. I am the boss, employee (besides my hustler mom), marketing gal, fruit runner, and all of the book work/money behind the scenes things that nobody sees.
Anything bad that happens, it’s all on me. No matter what’s going on in my personal life, I have to show up with a smile and focus because I have a business to run and I don’t have someone who could take my place. There’s ALWAYS something that needs to be done so my mind never turns off from the business it feels like!
We had a slow start here due to opening up in the off season and not being at a location with much foot traffic, and so people still weren’t familiar with açaí bowls. Thankfully, this year we have done much better and can say we are pretty established. People are hooked on açaí now!
Is there a moment during your career that stands out to you and validates your decision to become a Girl Boss?
There isn’t just one moment but I would say this summer has made it clear to me that this is what I’m meant to do. We have had so many repeat customers, gained so many local friends and when someone leaves from vacation and stops by to tell us that we made their vacation and made them feel welcome here, that’s all I ever wanted.
We have customers bring us paintings they made for us to put in the store, they bring us food and birthday gifts, and even customers that stop by just to check on us. Just knowing I make a difference in someone’s day while bringing them something healthy, makes it all worth it. It’s so awesome I get to make a living doing something I love.
What advice would you give to aspiring Girl Bosses?
If you want something, simply go for it! Surround yourself with people that believe in you, but at the end of the day the most important thing is you believe in yourself. The mind is so powerful and you need to truly believe you are capable of anything! Don’t be afraid to start small and then grow your business as you’re ready to.
Also, my biggest advice would be don’t sweat the small stuff. Don’t go home and worry about every little thing that might have gone wrong. I used to do this all the time! I have learned to do my best and treat everyone with kindness and at the end of the day I’m still new to the business. I’m still human and make mistakes daily but I learn and grow as I go! 🙂