Small Businessperson of the Year finalist: 5 questions with Garrett Tichy of Hygge

Small Businessperson of the Year finalist: 5 questions with Garrett Tichy of Hygge
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Hygge (pronounced HOO-gah) is a Danish word that encapsulates the feeling of being warm and cozy. And that’s exactly what you get at Hygge’s Charlotte coworking spaces, even as the company has grown tremendously.

From that first small coworking space, Hygge has grown into the city’s largest independent coworking empire. The company now has five coworking offices in and around Uptown, with more on the way. Hygge keeps expanding because their office space keeps filling up.

That’s led owner Garrett Tichy to be named a finalist for the Charlotte Agenda’s Small Businessperson of the Year award in the Real Estate category.

Get to know Garrett and learn from his success through these five questions.

What’s the first hour of your day look like?

On an ideal day I’m up by 4:30 a.m., and out the door to Madabolic by 5 a.m. I work out for an hour, and then head to Hygge. I love being the first person in, making the coffee, and getting a an hour or so of quiet to catch up on all the things.

What’s the most valuable business lesson you’ve learned?

The core team you hire is everything. It’s not a revolutionary concept, but it’s something I struggled with.

Rather than hiring, I learned a hard lesson trying to do everything myself. I got a burned out, and the passion for what I’m doing started to wane. I love working, but the course I was on was not sustainable.

What’s a recent purchase of less than $100 that you love?

I bought a $50 LEGO set that is a mix of all types of blocks, and ideas. It’s the single most enjoyable time that I’ve spent with my daughter Olivia over the last 4 years. Watching her grasp the concept of LEGOs and actually following instructions is the coolest freaking thing.

What’s the best book you’ve read in the past year?

“The Year of Living Danishly.”

What other small businessperson do you admire?

Carrie Barker and Sarah Baucom of Girl Tribe. Corri Smith at Black Wednesday Co, Meggie Williams at Skipper … this is tough. I’m surrounded by all the awesome people.

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