Dream Job: Ryan Griffin, Retail Craft Beer Store Owner

Meet Ryan Griffin
ryan griffin

Owner, Saint Louis Hop Shop

Are you fascinated by new ideas, concepts, and principles? Can you easily see connections where others may not? You might be someone with a talent for Ideation. If you are someone who easily has new ideas and sees connections in seemingly disparate events, you may be fit for a career in entrepreneurship.

Ryan is bright, hard-working, and easily able to make friends with all walks of life. He is someone who finds joy in making connections with people and ideas. Ryan has recently entered the life of an entrepreneur and he’s not looking back. If you are someone who is interested in paving your own way, check out Ryan’s advice in the 3rd to last question.

Ladies, Gentleman, and All, meet Ryan Griffin, Retail Craft Beer Store Owner at Saint Louis Hop Shop:

What’s your title? What do you do? How long have you done this?

I’m the Co-owner of the Saint Louis Hop Shop. I designed a retail craft beer store where people can come in, buy beer, and taste them as well. The LLC was formed in 2014 but we opened our store May 2015.

What jobs or past experiences have led you to the current thing that pays you money (your job)?

I always wanted to own something and I grew up around entrepreneurs. During college I had the idea of getting into a management-training program, which I found at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Each job I had previously worked at, I was always considered a leader or at least decent at what I did. I felt that all of these working hours of my life were going into someone else’s pockets. I figured that if I dedicated those hours into building something myself, I would be able to make something happen.

Ryan Griffin Hop Shop

What occupation did you imagine having when you were 5? What about at 25?

When I was 5, I wanted to be a doctor. When I was 15, I wanted to be a football player and/or a businessman. I liked the idea of working in a corporate structure and making money there. By the time I turned 21, I wanted to run my own business and work for myself. I just turned 26 a couple weeks ago.

The Best: Tell us, what’s the best part of your job?

The best is being able to make my own decisions. Think of an idea, connect with people, and execute. I like the part of hosting and being able to control the environment around me.

Think of an idea, connect with people, and execute.

The Stink: Tell us, what’s part of the job that you really wish were different? 

Having to do everything myself. Currently I do all my own marketing, accounting, promotions, meetings, etc. I always have things going on and time goes by so quickly. 

ryan working

Outside of your job, how do you spend your time?  

With my girlfriend or my family.

Who is someone you look up to for career inspiration?

My uncle Jo Jo White, he was just retired into the NBA Hall Of Fame last week. He is one of my lifetime role models.

Ryan and Uncle

What is your advice to people who are interested in a similar career?

If you have an idea, run with it. Be confident. Do your research and figure out what works for you. Nothing ever happened by someone sitting around and waiting for it. If you have something you want to do, write it down and go make sure it gets done thoroughly.

If you could read these questions about someone else, who would you want to see answer them? (can give a job title or name a specific person).

Percy Miller aka Master P. He is CEO and recording artistfor No Limit Records. One of the most lucrative rap empires of all time.Master P

“Work hard and never make excuses” – Master P

Any other passing words of advice or anything neat you have going on that you would like to share with us?

Yes, I just launched my website @ www.saintlouishopshop.com. I’m hosting events all month that I would like whomever to come check out! I’m 3.5 months into my entrepreneurial experience and I’m not looking back.

Thanks Ryan! He has both local and national craft beers for sale at the Hop Shop. I know because I tried 1 or 6. Definitely worth checking out – located at 2606 Cherokee St., St. Louis, Missouri. 


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