Why Small Businesses Matter in Bridgeport: KHYAL + KARL

Why Small Businesses Matter

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Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!


Three questions with kHyal and Karl, founders of KHYAL + KARL.

Why did you start your business?

We started our collaboration in 2007 when we met to leverage our dual passion for all things creative. kHyal + Karl is the hub for our many brands that include design education, fashion design, custom notebooks, lighting, coaching, textile design, photography, marketing, talent recruitment, public art, and events.

What is your best-selling product/service?

Our best-selling products and services seem to be whatever we focus on. We wrangle our many interests and deep experience to help others and create joyful products and experiences and are constantly shifting to improve what we do, adapt to changing markets, and deploy new offerings. Learn more and explore here.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

We use local talent and support local businesses whenever we can. And, sometimes we launch new ideas by leveraging them. In 2021, we had a concept store called REJECT Found + Made at Mongers Market because we like the people there and it was close to home, which made it convenient.

Another local business kHyal and Karl would like to nominate is Denyse Schmidt Quilts - "Denyse has a studio at the American Fabrics Building in Bridgeport where our studio is. She does a lot locally, but is also internationally known, so fans from around the globe have come to Bridgeport to take classes with her"

KHYAL + KARL is located at 1069 Connecticut Avenue in Bridgeport. Visit KHYAL + KARL online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook, and Instagram pages as well!

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!


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