Retail Entrepreneurship

Episode 137: Brad Vigesaa and NerdinOut


This week on the podcast we record on the road during a visit to NerdinOut on 2nd Street SW! Today on the show we sit down with NerdinOut founder Brad Vigesaa to chat more about this two-year-old business, which just had a grand opening celebration at their new location this June, and how he and his team are meeting customer needs to grow. NerdinOut is a retail store- and more- that buys, trades, and sells comic books, toys, collectables, and video games.


On the podcast today we chat about:

·      How Brad’s sales and customer experience prior to NerdinOut has helped to increase the efficiency of the business and enhance the bottom line.

·      The philosophy of “nerdinout” and how that relates to the business.

·      Move of the business from Elton Hills to their new location on 2nd Street SW.

·      Nitro coffee, Barbies, and other new products.

·      The addition of an adult-focused laser tag to the store’s offerings this summer.

·      The upcoming Nerdinout Con 2019 taking place this August.


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Twitter: @the_nerdinout

Instagram: @nerdinout_com


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Episode 81: Ari Kolas and Apollo Liquor


This week on the podcast we have a very special episode from the latest Collider Coworking Experts Series with serial entrepreneur Ari Kolas of Apollo Liquor. Ari and his family business are living proof that many other successful businesses beyond medical exist and thrive in Rochester. This was a great talk by Ari with valuable advice for anyone thinking about or running a business anywhere.


On the podcast today, Ari talks about:

·      The launch of the first Apollo Liquor store in Austin, Minnesota in 1965.

·      Growing up in the liquor store business.

·      The reality of running a family owned business.

·      The necessity of doing the unexpected as an entrepreneur.

·      The value of not taking on debt and sticking with what you know.

·      His love of work, which he says is both a strength and a weakness.

·      The bad business deals and mistakes that he’s made along the way.

·      How the Apollo Liquor stores allowed Ari to invest in other business opportunities including: a convenience store, hotel, Greek restaurant, car dealership, and an office building.

·      How Ari eventually sold all of the Apollo Liquor stores in December 2017 and what’s in his future.


“You always have to invest in the business, put in your own time, and don’t take on too much debt, and don’t pay yourself first.” -Ari Kolas, serial entrepreneur and former owner of Apollo Liquor