A loan of $5,000 helped to acquire a booth and hire people to sew inventory for the second largest comic convention in the country, which hundreds of thousands of customers in our target-market will be attending.

Meghan's story

About the Artist:
Philip Nicholas Barbato was born in 1976, in Smithtown, NY, the last male descendant of a proud family of farmers. By the age of three he enjoyed memorizing design details of automobiles and pointing them out to his mother. This is mostly irrelevant, except to indicate Phil’s instinctive inclination towards order and control in art. Also, it was obvious that he was not going to be a farmer.

In his late twenties, prolific and successful artist friends (and jealousy) motivated Phil to rededicate himself to his creative endeavors. He began painting regularly and experimenting with plush. He discovered his work had the power to make people giggle and point and say things like, “I want that!” This was a good thing.

Currently, Phil is at work in his home studio, painting, sewing, drawing, or staring out the window imagining what it’s like to be a farmer.

About the Businessist:
Meghan Barbato received a bachelor’s in Entrepreneurship from Virginia Commonwealth University. After five years as a professional marketer, she chose to make a triumphant return to the classroom, and she went back to school for her MBA from the College of William & Mary. While her classmates plotted dreams of Wall Street domination and sexy balance sheets, she decided to spend a semester in the rain forest of Costa Rica and in the Galapagos Islands. Arriving back in Williamsburg far more tan than her classmates, she realized that she would never be content with a life of trying to make spreadsheets “sexy.”

When Phil started making his plush creations, and more so when people started buying them, both Phil and Meghan realized that maybe this little hobby should be taken seriously. Fortunately for the artist in residence, his wife had experience in business-y sorts of things. Meghan promptly took over things like craft show applications and, inevitably, the spreadsheets. (Which, of course, are damn sexy.)

About Us:
Phil & Meghan are happily married monster-makers, and have recently celebrated the arrival of the cutest monster of them all, a new baby boy named Enzo.

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About Phil Barbato

Industry: Arts
Years in operation: More than 5 years
Website: philbarbato.com


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