Ep. 15 InPursuit of Empowerment Through Community with Peri Bolts & Ani Trejo Barrington

Peri Bolts founded Eclectic CO. in 2018 after a decade of feeling unfulfilled in corporate America. She saw a need for a collaborative retail concept that would support artisanal and creative small business, with a specific focus on women-owned businesses. Since then, the Eclectic brand has grown, with the help of now co-owner Ani Barrington, to two stores and an online store supporting over 100 artists local to the Front Range of Colorado. In 2021, Eclectic CO. was awarded the Social Impact Startup of the Year by the National Institute for Social Impact which is something that we are very proud of! Peri is passionate about small business, social and environmental justice, and helping every person she meets become the truest version of themselves.
Ani Trejo Barrington started at Eclectic CO as a vendor with her vintage business, transitioned to a managerial position and found her fit with Peri Bolts and they joined forces in a partnership together. Coming from a background of ministry in large church settings, she found herself with an array of skills, but feeling burnt out from the grind, she started a new journey when she arrived in Colorado Springs in 2016. She stepped into motherhood in 2017 and has been able to strike a beautiful balance of being a working mother over the last 5 years. Her passion for small businesses and supporting artists paired perfectly with the larger vision of Eclectic CO and through this company, she’s been able to watch her own small business thrive alongside friends and family. Her own joys are found in music, fashion and being outdoors in this beautiful state!
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