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Meet DeeDee Koenen of Pop Cycle in Tucson

Today we’d like to introduce you to DeeDee Koenen.

Pop-Cycle was founded in 2008, with the goal of promoting local art made from recycled materials, re-used products, and refurbished goods. Tucson is a desert community that has long shared an appreciation of makers and a dedication to sustainable causes. When you live in an environment of scarcity, you quickly learn to rethink usage. We believe in producing beautiful new things out of old. Our true goal is to support artists in the USA who are already making items out of recycled materials and encouraging artists in our community to do the same. The focus is on stuff made from other stuff.

We at Pop Cycle embrace the idea of people, planet, and place. As community members on amazing Fourth Avenue, and Tucson at large we understand the health and success of our little shop relies on the wellness of our street, neighbors, and town. 4th Ave. businesses spawn innovation, are a groundswell of ideas and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit. I believe 4th Ave. is the infrastructure for Tucson’s growth, and that is why we are dedicated to nurturing and protecting our thriving, local business district. We are excited about fostering innovation, creative empowerment, and community growth.

We have two in-house brands created by co-owners DeeDee Koenen, Shannon Riggs, and Jennifer Radler. Riggs and Koenen are responsible for DDco Design, decorator items made from all kinds of found and junked materials. Radler is the maestro behind Monster Booty Threads. Libby Tobey is the face of Pop Cycle, always ready to help you find the perfect gift for someone you love, or to help you treat yourself!

Has it been a smooth road?
We have been pretty lucky as far as not having any major hiccups, but of course there have been challenges. Being a partnership of three independent business owners, we have had to learn to work collaboratively. Sometimes this is difficult since we are all such independent spirits, with our own ideas about what works. We truly believe that collaboration is the key to success in any business. Some are growing pains show up in lack of time. As small business owners, there are a lot of tasks and a small group to get it all done. Recruiting the right staff. We worked hard on building a good team that understand the goals of Pop Cycle. Understand and effectively spreading our brand through social media, advertising, customer service.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Pop Cycle – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
We are a one-stop introduction to the creative talent that resides in Tucson. Besides our two in-house lines, we represent over 90 local artists, who are creating amazing work. Because we are makers and shop owners, we have a unique perspective. Because of our focus on sustainability and reuse, we have encouraged artists and customers to rethink their footprint, and figure out ways to reuse items in their work and daily life.

We truly believe that makers are crucial to the health and wealth of our shop. 4th ave, Tucson and our state. We are fully committed to giving back. We have recently created a non-profit working to retain Fourth Ave. as a local hub and strengthening our community. It is called the Historic Fourth Avenue Coalition.
https://www.facebook.com/Historic-Fourth-Avenue-Coalition-551133561995704/?epa=SEARCH_BOX

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Besides working to retain the integrity of our district, we are looking into collaboration for smart growth in other parts of Tucson. We would also like to continue to develop spaces for community and localism in Tucson. We endeavor to create experiences, not just commercial space.

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Image Credit:
Julius Schlosburg all photos

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