March 15, 2017
Where are they now: Ty and Lynne McDaniel of An Orange Moon
In our “Where Are They Now” series, we highlight successful businesses that are part of the Small Business Revolution and interview the owners to check in on their community, learn more about running a small business and see what they are up to now.
We first profiled Lynne and Ty McDaniel and An Orange Moon in 2015, featuring the business in our mini documentary, which tells the stories of small businesses across the United States.
Lynne and Ty McDaniel are the husband and wife duo behind An Orange Moon, a vintage interior furnishings and design store on the south side of Chicago. Focusing on the mid-century modern era, the store is also home to a variety of other influences, from French pieces all the way to modern interpretations on steampunk. We caught up with Lynne about the McDaniels’ business, famous customers, and what’s in store for the future.
What did it mean to you to be part of the Small Business Revolution?
Being a part of the Small Business Revolution was a wonderful experience. Overall, it was good exposure for our business. We were grateful to be recognized. We have had so many great things happen since then, we even had Julia Louis-Dreyfus visit our store!
What’s one of the biggest challenges to owning a small business?
One of the biggest challenges for us is keeping up with the day-to-day activities. Running a small business is a lot of work! We have to be our own front-of-house staff, salespeople, and marketers getting new customers through our doors. It isn’t easy, but we’re excited to come to work every day and that shows when we interact with people.
What makes you most proud to be a small business owner?
After we opened the shop and established our place in the neighborhood, other people in the community approached us about how to open a small business. We love sharing our story and seeing other business owners use it as a jumping off point to spark their own business. Giving advice, helping small business owners negotiate leases in our area, and speaking at economic functions in town make us both proud of being small business owners.
How have your efforts to build a community of small business owners continued to have an impact?
Being a source of education for people has made a huge impact on growing the business community in the south side of Chicago, and we’ve seen an increase in new small business owners in the area. Like I said previously, we help coach new owners through lease agreements and the details of property acquisition. It can be a difficult learning curve if you haven’t had experience in that specific area.
How do you maintain the same passion that led up to the opening of your business? What inspires you?
I think that we continue to inspire each other. Ty and I bounce business ideas off one another and constantly want to innovate, blending together new pieces and new looks in the store. Also, our neighborhood is a creative environment and we are constantly inspired by the people that live and visit. It’s hard not to be passionate when you are surrounded by passionate people.
What can we expect to see from An Orange Moon in the future?
You can expect more of the same! We are continuing to offer the best vintage furniture in the Chicagoland area and hope to be as involved as we can in the community, offering advice and helping other small business owners pursue their dreams.
We originally profiled An Orange Moon and the McDaniels in 2015 on SBR: