Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Mehgan Flynn, co-founder of WyCo Vintage, answers The Pitch's questionnaire

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Name
: Mehgan Flynn

Occupation
: Co-founder of WyCo Vintage, the largest online retailer of authentic, vintage rock-concert shirts, based right here in KC. And up until last week, I was the director of Kansas City's World Trade Center. I'll be opening the first boutique foreign-currency-exchange office in KC this January.

Hometown: Kansas City, Kansas

Current neighborhood: Morris

What I do (in 140 characters): The common denominator in most of what I do is generating enthusiasm for what I believe needs to be done, then making it happen.

What's your addiction? The Investigation Discovery Channel. It wasn't so bad until they quit showing commercials between shows. Now you get sucked into the next one before you have time to make a move! Brilliant on their part, I suppose.

What's your game? Catchphrase. I rule!

What's your drink? Gin and Sprite with lime

Where's dinner? At home mostly. I love cooking, and I'm halfway decent at it.

What's on your KC postcard? The bookshelf parking garage at the downtown library. It's so creative and unique.

Finish this sentence: "Kansas City got it right when ... " The region came together in support of a bi-state tax to restore Union Station.

"Kansas City screwed up when ... " Fickle people let the Kanrocksas music festival fail. That was a bummer.

"Kansas City needs ... " A youth hostel in the Crossroads.

"In five years, I'll be ... " Much older than I feel!

"I always laugh at ... " My mom's twisted sense of humor.

"I've been known to binge-watch ... " Mad Men. I had five seasons watched in five days. House of Cards was conquered pretty quick, too.

"I can't stop listening to ... " Anything written by Julian Casablancas.

"I just read ... " Life After Death by Damien Echols, one of the West Memphis Three. It's sad but inspiring to read what that poor guy went through.

The best advice I ever got: Step outside of your comfort zone.

Worst advice: "That's not a brown-recluse bite. Just go home. You'll be fine." Two days later, a wicked hole develops in my arm, and I'm back in the hospital.

My sidekick: I never go anywhere without a bottle of water.

My brush with fame: I had a really great time mingling at Madame Tussauds a couple of years ago.

My 140-character soapbox: I 100 percent believe in the saying "Where there's a will, there's a way." If you want something bad enough, you'll figure out a way to make it happen or it's not that important.

What was the last thing you had to apologize for? Using all the hot water.

Who's sorry now? Tony Gonzalez

My recent triumph: Buying a Prius and having to refuel only once every two weeks. Such a good feeling.

WyCo Vintage's online store is at wycovintage.com. Global Entrepreneurship Week runs November 13 - 24. For a list of events, see kcsourcelink.com/gew-kc.

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