The Speakeasy, along side Vain and Black Dog Forge, are all such fine examples of people doing what they love, making a business, a neighborhood and community. Supporting people, the arts, local politics, living the value of community — for me it was great to see both nonprofits and businesses living their values — not without stress and struggle, but doing it all the same.
Speakeasy and the folks who worked there really reinforced and embodied the idea that you can start a business that reflects your values (and have a damn good time). I know there was also a ton of stress, but the attitude was positive and hopeful — as someone who has always worked to not only live my values, but to keep imagining alternatives and struggling to live them, those days really solidified that commitment.
Today I have a sliding scale counseling business and have published a book on self-care and social change — both of which are rooted in the belief that how we live, work and take care of ourselves and one another matters — roots I felt strongly were part of the community at Speakeasy.