5 Questions for Katie Chang, Brooklyn's Miomia

Katie Chang and I met a couple of years ago while on a press trip in Vancouver, B.C.

In between the daily excursions to Granville Island and the one-too many food-coma inducing 5-course meals, I learned that Katie, a graduate of Georgetown University, was in the midst of successfully climbing the corporate ladder in D.C., when one day she decided that she'd had enough. 

After finishing her grad school thesis on male grooming trends, Katie packed her bags, left her plush D.C. life, and headed to Brooklyn.

A few months later, Katie opened the doors to her passion project - a 425 square foot unisex apothecary called Miomia

Photo Credit: GQ

Photo Credit: GQ

The Miomia of today is a cozy and familiar apothecary shop on Bedford Street that caters to a hip clientele of artists, musicians and young professionals. Staying true to the roots of the town it established itself in, Katie seeks out smaller, independent brands like Ole Henriksen and Malin + Goetz... Katie recently told GQ, "I can't bring a brand into the store that doesn't have a great story."

As someone who turned her "one-day" dream into reality, I am excited to feature Katie as a part of our 5 Questions series. Read below to find out 5 things you may not have known about Brooklyn's favorite apothecarist. 

1. Favorite discovery....

The Boathouse in Lambertville, New Jersey. It's my favorite bar in the world.

2. Go-to vacation spot...

I don't go often enough, but I have a really soft spot for Bucks Country. Maine's pretty rad, too.

3. Happiest when...

Nothing makes me happier than enjoying good food and drink with the people I love.

4. Best advice I ever received...

Like many other first-time business owners, I was spinning when I opened up shop. The best bit of advice I received was to be flexible and open to change. Thanks, Steve Minnig.

5. Something very few people know about me...

I'm camera-shy, and for the most part, don't like my photo being taken.

Check out shopmiomia.com online or read Katie's freelance work at katieshewrote.com and next time you're in Brooklyn, stop by 318 Bedford Ave to see Katie for the latest beauty products!