Name: Jamie Conger
City: Mobile, Alabama
Main Hustle: Co-Owner/Editor of The Scout Guide Mobile Bay
Side Hustle: Scout and Cellar distributor. Scout and Cellar was created by Sarah Shadonix. Before Sarah Shadonix created Scout and Cellar, she was studying to be a sommelier, and she continuously was getting headaches after one or two glasses of wine, mostly wines produced in the United States. She then began researching the added sugars and chemicals in these big, mass-produced wines. Now she travels to the best wine regions “scouting” the vineyards that aren’t adding these preservatives and that fit the standards of taste and adds them to her “cellar.” She has found, and continues to find, the best, clean-crafted wines across the globe and has provided a source for other like-minded people to have access to them.
How did you get started?: As much as I enjoy the occasional margarita, red wine has always been my drink of choice. There was only one problem: I could not drink two glasses without waking up in what I called a full-on, allergic wine reaction. After becoming a mom of two and a business owner, I began to have to sacrifice my deep love for wine due to the fact that I was never my best self the next day, even after drinking only a glass or two. I tried giving it up for Lent, but I always went back to it and couldn’t escape those occasional wine flus.
One day I went to a local trunk show, and one of my clients was distributing this new wine. Although she herself didn’t do it as her main hustle, she was very passionate about this brand and its mission. After tasting it and learning all about it, I knew it was my chance to have my cake and eat it too. I also had a good friend immediately sign up with me, so that made it even better. It’s so fun to do together!
When/where do you work on your Side Hustle?: I’m hoping to do two or three tastings a month, whether it’s in town or out of town.
What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: The biggest challenge is taking time away from my family and my main job. I am lucky enough to have a flexible job and a supportive husband, but it’s still hard to plan evenings away from them.
What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: Giving people a source to something clean and healthy—but also something indulgent—is the best of both worlds! It’s really rewarding for me to see how excited people are about it and to see them come back for more.
Who is your greatest supporter?: Most definitely my husband.
When I first told him I was thinking about doing it, he hurried me along to sign up. He didn’t want anyone to beat me to it or for me to talk myself out of it. He loves so much when I succeed and always lifts me up through it all.
Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: I would have to say my sister in law. I never really knew much about clean living until I lived in the same city as her. I was a new mom and didn’t have a ton of friends there, so I looked (and still do) up to her a lot. Seeing how much she sought out clean, organic products made me start to think twice about what I was using/putting in my body and the effects it can have on us.
What is your dream for your Side Hustle?:
I just want to help it continue to grow bigger and bigger, to spread it all over the country and bring it to new cities, states, and distributors so that everyone has access to this amazing selection of great tasting, clean wines.
It is a fairly new company, and I love introducing it to new people because they get so excited, but I can’t wait until it is well known.
Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?:
Anything that makes you happy is worth doing, even if it isn’t your main source of income.
Feature Photo by Devin Ford Photography