• Kathryn Alldaffer

Teen Entrepreneur: Kat Bearce

Meet Kat Bearce. Kat moved to Maple Grove eleven years ago, when she was only two. At only age thirteen she has become a business owner. During the pandemic she found herself bored and buying her dog a lot of bandanas, so she decided to start her business, Love, Luna. Named after her dog, Love, Luna sells dog bandanas along with other fun items like keychains and scrunchies.

Kat created an Instagram page for her business, and she taught herself how to grow the platform. In only a few months, she has grown Love, Luna’s Instagram to over 1,500 followers. Kat enjoys connecting with other young shop owners online, and she hopes to continue this line of work when she grows up.

Q: What inspired you or led you to your current career?

A: I've always been creative and started selling my art a few years ago at Art-a-Whirl. I follow several small businesses run by kids my age, and I decided to launch my own. I love dogs, so making bandanas for them was an easy choice. My business is named after my dog, Luna. Each new customer gets a hand written note by me, and the business name is like her signing it - Love, Luna. I didn't get an Instagram account until I turned 13, and I started with one for Luna. I grew it to over 2,000 followers, and during that time, taught myself about photography and social media marketing. Luna is a model for some other IG shops and once I started Love, Luna, I created an IG account for that which is over 1,500 followers, and I have models for my bandanas as well. My favorite part of the business is seeing pictures of cute dogs wearing my bandanas.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Maple Grove, and what do you love to eat there?

A: Ten Sushi. I love the teriyaki chicken bento box.

Q: What volunteer work have you done or are you doing?

A: I raised money for Pinky Swear via their triathlon, which I've done 3 times. I also volunteer at Second Harvest, Feed My Starving Children, and various Girl Scouts activities. Additionally, before covid, I was active in many clubs: Eco-Warriors, the Kind group, Destination Imagination, WEB leaders, and Build Zone, which is my favorite.

Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Maple Grove? What do you find interesting about them?

A: Ms. Shannon, who was my 7th grade Science teacher. She is the coolest person I've met. Her classroom was really interesting. It’s decorated to be welcoming, and her teaching style included real world events and issues. She also helps with the Eco Warriors.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now (and it were safe to do so), where would it be? And why?

A: Someplace warm. Hawaii, Grand Cayman, Turks and Caicos. I love the beach and swimming.

Q: What is something on your bucket list?

A: Learn American Sign Language and improve my Spanish.

Q: What is the one TV show you can’t miss?

A: The Office, Parks & Recreation, and Stranger Things.

Q: What was the last book you read? Would you recommend it to others?

A: The Girl Who Drank the Moon. Yes! My dog Luna is named after the main character.

Q: What’s the coolest or most interesting thing you’re working on right now?

A: I'm getting ready to launch two new bandana collections that I'm really excited about. One is faux suede and the other I'm calling the Manhattan collection. I'm also launching macrame rainbow keychains.

Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Maple Grove?

A: I love how diverse my school is, and I love how many parks we have.

Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years?

A: In 10 years, Love, Luna will have continued to grow, I'll have staff working with me, and I'll have a business degree.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?

A: Hitting 100 sales and 1,000 Instagram followers in less than two months.

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