Corporate is bigger than the sneakers and street wear that we release on a weekly basis. Corey’s Corner, written by shop employee and “Creative Guy” Corey Stevens, will discuss events, happenings, and other things surrounding both Cincinnati and the sneaker culture as we grow and expand our brand.
For part two of “Meet the Corporate Family,” I wanted to introduce myself. Since I never properly did so when I started writing my blog entries, I thought this would be a good time to do so.
What do you do outside of the shop?
I am a full time accountant for a traffic engineering company. When I’m not crunching numbers and looking at expense reports, you’ll usually see me with my Nikon or iPhone in hand, snapping pictures. Check the links at the end of the article for my photography.
When did you first hear about/shopping at Corporate?
Before Corporate, there was Status. Matt set out on his own from the Minneapolis location for Status and opened a location in Columbus. Via the NikeTalk regional forums, I learned about Status and made a weekend trip from Cincy to Columbus and met Matt in the summer of 2007. So when Matt moved home to Cincy to open Corporate in 2008, I made sure to check out the new store opening weekend.
I look at it as an honor to be able to say that I’ve been a part of the Corporate family LITERALLY since day one. I quickly started helping out at the shop when I could. I remember the first time Matt entrusted me with the shop key to run the place so he could go out of town for the weekend on a buying trip. We were opened on Sunday’s back then, and I distinctly recall not having any sales that Sunday and only one person came in. I didn’t even want to call Matt at the end of the day to tell him the bad news. How the times have changed, right Matty??
What are your main duties for the shop?
Matt has dubbed me Corporate’s “Creative Guy.” Since I work full time, you’ll typically only see me at the shop on Saturday’s, unless I randomly pop in during the week nights. With my photography hobby, I’ve started to come up with a unique approach to some of our Instagram and website product pictures. Collaborating with Matt this year on a new style, I’m really looking forward to taking our product shots to a new level and giving viewers pictures that are not “just your average sneaker blog pics.”
What is your favorite Corporate logo item that has been released?
I think that my favorite logo item would have to be the first run of New Eras with the classic block logo. I remember how excited I got when Matt first told me we got a New Era account to make our own logo hats. This was October of ’09 and you have to remember how popular fitted hats were in the sneaker community. You would always see me at the shop with a Leaders hat on, and I was so excited to be able to rep OUR shop on my head going forward. We had a smooth little midnight release party for them. You can still find the flyer we put together for the blog on my Facebook page!
What is your favorite memory of the shop?
So many memories. Man, it’s hard to pick just one. If I was forced to, it would have to be the Nubuck 12 midnight release party. For those that weren’t shopping with us yet, the Nubuck 12 was the first retro Jordan we got at the shop. I believe these came out in May of ’09. Before the days of bots and strictly 8 am releases, shops used to be able to do midnight releases if they so chose to. Of course we did so, and had snacks on hand like Busken iced cookies with the Corporate block logo on them!
A second favorite memory would be a year or two ago for Matt’s birthday, Josh came up with the idea to track down a pair of Nubucks for Matt. For whatever reason, Matt didn’t get these on release day. Back then, he was probably more focused on paying rent for the shop than another pair of shoes! All of the Corporate family threw a little money in and we were able to get these for him. Because of the significance of these being our first retro, it was a special gift to be able to give.
Anything else you want the readers to know?
I am so thankful for Matt and the entire core of people we have at the shop. My sneaker interest, as well as my collection, has faded and downsized over the last 3 years, but you will still find me at the shop on a weekly basis because of the people that are there.
Also, be on the lookout for a collaborative release with Corporate and myself that Matt has approved for a spring release. I don’t want to give away too many details yet, but after this release, I will have a new answer for the above question of “What is your favoriteCorporate logo item that has been released?” !!!