When I first meet Ilka she was strolling down King st. checking out a new storefront. As it turns out we have become neighbors and friends. Probably, the first question I asked her was, How do you say your store name?? She replied, everyone asks that question! The pronunciation is like (Zoot). It's a Dutch word taken from her maternal roots. Once we got passed all of that, we talked all about her new store. For me, this place is a true reflection of Ilka's personality. Sweet, soft spoken, gentle, very creative and just plain nice. Make no mistake, this woman is an awesome business person too. Sometimes I just walk in her store to decompress and relax... trust me you will do the same thing.
The following are the obligatory questions everyone of our FOM subjects has to answer.
I grew up in Paoli-I live close by and it's so convenient. My studio is just up the street. I'm blessed!
What's your favorite food?
That's a hard one. Can I pick 2? Mexican and Indian. I like Italian too!
How do you define success?
It may take a while... Success is working hard, it's not about what the money is, it's the drive, accomplishing something you love.
If you had to travel to Mars, and could only bring one album, what would it be?