Meet Kara Olson, a seasoned retail professional with over two decades of experience, bringing a wealth of expertise to the Caraway and Co Team. Kara’s journey in the retail industry began in high school, working in brick-and-mortar stores, and it evolved into a lifelong passion. Her commitment to the trade led her to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Retail Merchandising, setting the stage for a remarkable career.
Kara’s buying career truly took flight at Zappos.com, where she started as a merchandising assistant and ascended to the highest echelons as a senior buyer. This journey provided her with a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of buying, encompassing planning, marketing, and merchandising. Her experience spanned diverse categories and lifestyles, offering her valuable insights into how different brands operate, all while striving for a common goal. Kara is not just a seasoned buyer; she possesses a discerning eye for trends and an intuitive grasp of customer preferences, making her a true master of the art and science of the buying process.
Beyond the confines of the boardroom, Kara finds solace and adventure in the great outdoors. Whether it’s hiking and climbing amid the stunning landscapes of Las Vegas, her current residence, or enjoying the waters through swimming and wake surfing in her hometown of Minnesota during summer sojourns, she embraces nature’s wonders. Kara’s active lifestyle extends to snowboarding, running, and simply relishing the beauty of Mother Nature.
As a dedicated family person, Kara treasures the importance of balance and cherishes every moment spent with her loved ones. Her husband’s passion for rock climbing aligns seamlessly with her outdoor pursuits, while her six-year-old twins, a boy and a girl, share her enthusiasm for outdoor adventures. Together, they create lasting memories and celebrate the joys of family life.
In Kara Olson, Caraway and Co have gained not only a retail expert but also an individual deeply connected to the natural world and committed to a fulfilling family life.
Her diverse experiences and passions make her a valuable asset to the team and a well-rounded individual who finds harmony in both her professional and personal pursuits.