Workin’ It 2010

45 of 2010’s Red Hot Entrepreneurs

“We were inspired by the Spanish architect Gaudi
to create art in our own community, while also working together,” say Auckland, New Zealand couple Verity George (left) and Lisa Prager. “We were fed up working for The Man when we stumbled upon an abandoned grocery shop that started our creative juices flowing.” The two women transformed the ramshackle house with an attached storefront into Garnet Station, a hip neighborhood espresso hangout, and opened for business in 2007. “The café came to life in our front lounge,” and the couple says their business continues to evolve. An actress, writer, stylist and civil union celebrant, George is the hostess with the mostess. Meanwhile, Prager is widely known as the “political activist in the cowboy hat,” as well as a filmmaker, event producer, graphic designer and home decorator. The two Kiwi lasses put their success down to hard work, attention to detail and most of all, love, advising aspiring entrepreneurs to “follow your dream.”