meet our san diego showroom manager!
posted: November 24, 2009
Meet Sarah, the lovely Showroom Manager in San Diego!
What is your role at lululemon?
I am a Showroom Manager in beautiful downtown San Diego.
Tell us about your community:
Downtown is the cultural center of San Diego. We have a really great mix of athletes, young professionals, people in the military, students and tourists. We have yogis, crossfitters, dancers, runners, cyclists, mixed martial artists and Olympic kayakers. People here are some of the most friendly I’ve ever met. I guess it’s difficult not to be happy when it’s sunny 360 days a year
How did you come to lululemon?
I worked in Los Angeles marketing for network television shows until I burned out. I took a year off and got certified to teach yoga then traveled around the world with my sister before settling in San Diego. I knew of and loved lululemon from my LA days and was surprised to find there wasn’t a store here. I found the posting for a showroom manager on lululemon.com soon after I moved here. The timing was perfect! I was lucky enough to be hired to open a showroom in Del Mar, lululemon’s entry into the San Diego market. The whole thing was fate really.
What is the difference between a showroom and a store?
Showrooms were originally created to go into communities where lululemon stores were not around. They operate similarly to our stores in many ways but one major difference is that we have limited hours in order to maximize our time in the community. I believe there is no better venue than a showroom to interact with our community and truly gain a sense of what they want and where they want it. The showroom setting is generally very intimate and has that neighborhood vibe where our guests feel comfortable kicking off their shoes and staying awhile.
What’s a typical Wednesday like for you?
Wednesdays are different each week but they always start out with our store manager call where all the stores and showrooms in our region get to touch base. Lots of learning and sharing happens on that call! Wednesdays include a class (or two!) so that I’m always becoming more of an expert in our community, connecting with the most amazing teachers, trainers, athletes and studios in our neighborhood. Community and people development are how I spend most of my days.
How do you usually sweat once a day?
Yoga is definitely my preferred form of exercise/stress relief though I took my first hip hop class a couple weeks ago and I’m hooked! Also, I work up quite a sweat chasing after my very active 11-month-old daughter but I can’t think of anything more fun!
What’s one activity/fitness trend that you’ve been dying to try?
I have two: Zumba and Kettle Bells.
Why do you have the best job in the world?
I love creating something where there was nothing but opportunity before. I love working with amazing people every day, fellow educators and all the outstanding members of our community. I am so fortunate to have a job that embraces balance so that I can be present for my family and raise our daughter. I have so much fun at work that I’d probably do it even if I didn’t get paid.
What piece of advice do you have for future showroom managers?
Be flexible and open to anything! Most importantly, take ownership of whatever you do… showrooms provide unbelievable opportunities for resourcefulness and creativity.
What makes your showroom unique?
This is the second showroom I’ve managed in San Diego and they each had very different personalities. The first time around we were the only gig in town. Now there are two stores in the area so we have to work even harder to create our individual showroom culture and not stand in the shadow of the stores. Our mission continues to be to attract new guests, educate them on our culture and bring the lululemon love.
Sidewalk yoga! All part of a day’s work at the San Diego showroom.
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