Faces of City Ave – Kim Cooper, Urbn Rule
Meet Kim S. Cooper,
Owner of Urbn Rule, which offers attractive and eye-turning handmade jewelry for men and women.
Inspired by her mother, who made jewelry for years, Kim thought it was a great opportunity to learn and create a successful business.
Visit Urbn Rule at 159 Bala Ave in Bala Cynwyd.
What inspired you to create Urbn Rule?
My mom made jewelry for years before I started to. I learned a lot from her and realized I could make a few bucks by selling it.
What is your role at Urbn Rule?
I am the owner of URBN RULE located at 159 Bala Avenue in Bala Cynwyd.
Before working at Urbn Rule, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
Most interesting job, not unusual though, I used to travel throughout the Delaware Valley teaching financial education. I have over 20 years of financial services industry experience in my background and love helping people manage their money.
How has Urbn Rule helped you in your career development?
Moving URBN RULE from my living room to an actual storefront, allowed me to appreciate the amount of time and effort it takes to run a store. In this journey, I am becoming someone who has to manage inventory, sales, relationships, and cash flow. Not to mention clean the bathroom and sweep the floors.
What are 3 words to describe Urbn Rule?
Classy. Modern. Tasteful.
Do you have a favorite jewelry piece/ product that you currently sell at Urbn Rule?
I love making sterling silver hoop earrings. To be able to shape a piece of wire into a fashionable accessory my clients love to wear means the world to me.
What is your favorite part about working for Urbn Rule?
My favorite part of working at URBN RULE is that I’m working for myself. The idea that my level of intensity in marketing, sales, creativity, and consistency can directly impact my income is both humbling and empowering. Every day is a new day that I’m truly grateful for.
What is your proudest moment at Urbn Rule?
My proudest moment was when I did my first festival. Up until this point, I sold items to friends and family. The festival was an opportunity to see if ordinary people would actually find interest in my jewelry. When they did, it gave me the confidence to continue on this path. Since then, I’ve participated in other events and started doing consignment which ultimately led me to open up the store on Bala Avenue.
Do you have a favorite quote?
‘Obey God and trust Him with the outcome.”
Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work?
No…and prayerfully I won’t.
Favorite travel spot?
How do you define success?
Joy, Peace of Mind, and Healthy Relationships.
If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Fried Hot Dogs and Pancakes.
People would be surprised if they knew:
I use to be a Financial Advisor.
What did you want to be when growing up?
What is the first concert you attended?
Jackson 5 Tour.
What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
A new home in a warm climate.
What is your favorite thing to do in the area?
Eat. Eat. and Eat.
What places have you lived in?
What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
Something with Financial Education.
You’re happiest when?
When springtime comes and the hubby and I can go outside to enjoy the sun.
Is there anything special about City Ave that you can share?
City Avenue will always be near and dear to my heart. I’m a local girl and living in the area allows me to get to various parts of the city relatively quick. I’ve worked on City Ave. I travel on City Ave. I shop on City Ave. City Ave is part of me.
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