Hi Shai, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. Please share with our readers a little about yourself and where you’re from?
Hi! I’m Shai from Manila, Philippines! I’m an entrepreneur, blogger, fashion stylist and speaker.
What was the inspiration behind Shy Shop and why did you choose that name?
It’s actually my name (because I can’t think of anything during the time I put the store up haha). I chose Shy instead of Shai because I thought that has better recall. I’ve always loved selling trinkets way back in college and that’s probably the reason why I pursue the business right after school. Today, we’re selling a lot of novelty stuff and other personal items and we’ve grown the business from a simple online store to several physical branches all around the country.
Were there a lot of challenges you faced when you started Shy Shop?
Yes! Everything starts small and that’s the same case with Shy Shop. Getting customers was a bit hard at first especially that it’s based online. It’s so difficult to persuade the buyers to trust online stores but I guess we’ve overcome that through customer service and great marketing promotions.
Is there any motto or quote you live by?
To get better, you always have to step out of your comfort zone 🙂
How much of a foodie are you?
I AM SO MUCH OF A FOODIE. I get hungry like every hour that’s why I got a mini pantry inside my room.
What kind of music are you into?
I love R&B and acoustic music. I also have a set of workout music which I play when I jog or I do crossfit.
If you could learn anything in this world, what will it be?
That you can’t please everybody but you can always be good (because it’s a personal choice).
How will you describe an ideal date?
Ideal date would be something by the beach with a dose of reggae music and probably some fresh fruit juices (okay that sounds weird, haha)
It is a pleasure to feature you Shai. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
Sexy is being confident in your own skin.
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