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!
You're IT Dojo Fairfield!
Four questions with Karina Gramesty, founder of Dojo Fairfield.
Why did you start your business?
When we (Kailen Pirro and Karina Gramesty) took on Dojo Fairfield over 5 years ago with the intent to further educate our Fairfield neighbors in both the martial arts and their personal safety. We approach training in the martial arts as a way to empower students, enhance self-confidence, and build a better understanding of our own unique strengths and weaknesses.
Finish this sentence in regard to your business. "I wish I could…"
I wish I could help people realize that martial arts training is SO MUCH MORE than what they’ve seen in The Karate Kid movies. Training includes dedication and perseverance, for sure, but training also includes humor and fun. These ideas are not mutually exclusive, and when combined they serve to enhance the overall learning and student experience on our mat.
What is your best selling product/service?
We are a martial arts school at heart (karate for kids and kickboxing for adults), but also have fitness training in our Dojo Fitness program (30-minute Hight Intensive Interval training classes), and self-defense training with our C.O.B.R.A. Self-Defense classes. While our best selling service is youth karate, we have a lot of private C.O.B.R.A. Self-Defense events on the near horizon for various clubs and organizations.
How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?
Being a home-grown business ourselves, we take every opportunity we can to help support other small local establishments. While our business may not allow us to directly use one of our local business neighbors, we are always quick to recommend the wealth of services around us on Black Rock Turnpike. For our gear, we use Puddle Bear Clothing on Post Road in Fairfield. We also run various fundraising events for our local PTA’s and run special self-defense events for Cultural Care Au Pair.
We'd like to tag BonnaH Co Fiber Arts!
Dojo Fairfield is located at 2317 Black Rock Tpke in Fairfield. Visit Dojo Fairfield online here.
HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!