Onoko is a passion project started by two best friends, Alysa and Nina. Their mission with Onoko is to foster a space that allows them to learn, create, support and share their ideas. They want to highlight mindfulness both through their creations and their dedication to supporting charitable causes that resonate with them and the rest of the world to be a “maker”, experimenting with different ways to create while learning from and sharing with their community. Every installment will feature a new hand-crafted product and donate to a different charity.
Nature is Alysa and Nina’s biggest inspiration in the creative process and so they decided to name this project after one of their favorite places on earth, Glen Onoko. It is a local park close to where they both grew up in Pennsylvania, full of lush foliage and popular for its signature hiking path next to a huge waterfall.
PM: When was your project founded and where are you based?
N: Onoko was founded in Brooklyn, NY and Lehigh Valley, PA earlier this year!
A: We live in different states so we spend a lot of time emailing, texting and taking trips back and forth to one another!
PM: How many are involved in your company?
It’s the two of us! Nina & Alysa
PM: What inspired you to start your project?
N: We wanted to create something beautiful and share it with other people. Giving back from the products we sell only seemed like the greatest thing we could do!
A: We both wanted a creative outlet whose mission we were proud to stand by.
PM: Did you have a background in business prior to starting your company?
N: No ! Haha I was a bartender and am now HR at an office
A: Not officially! However, I did open a print studio earlier this year- but I am still learning with that too!
PM: Did you run into any problems or resistance while launching?
N: Hmm. Well maybe just being nervous as heck. We recently launched and love whatever support we get
A: Definitely nerves, being vulnerable with something you worked so hard on is tough!
PM: How do you get the most out of your day?
N: Honestly right now I think we are both run a little ragged. Alysa has another business called Print Lab NYC and I of course am a single mother working full time.. How do we make the most of it ? Just wake up and greet every day as a new beginning and go for it!
A: What Nina said- haha- and coffee!
PM: How is your family apart of your business choices?
N: Moses is my driving force behind everything that I do.
A: I am single, but Nina is practically family- so I just want to make choices that are the best for both of us!
PM: What music inspires you?
N: We are both huge fans of Rhye. I personally have Ryan Adams on at least three times a day.
A: I have no shame- Disco is my go to for getting shit done.
PM: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not working?
N: Spending time with my baby, and a good yoga class, my instructor is pretty bad ass
A: Trying a new recipe or restaurant or working out!
PM: What do you see in the future for your project?
N: We just want to expand and delve into all different forms of the arts, I see us growing more and more with each installment.
A: I see us growing with each installment. I hope Onoko can continue to provide us a space to learn more about things we love, create more, support others through our donations and share that opportunity with others.
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Diana Jeanne is a creative and crafty mom who has been actively involved with Punky Moms for the last decade. Even though she moved around a lot as a kid she still considers herself a native Californian. She currently lives in Orlando, FL with her teenage son, husband and two Great Danes. She may work an office job but keeps her individuality with her under layer of bleached hair, half sleeves and back tattoos under her cardigan sweaters.
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