MWP's Entrepreneur of the Year Award Announced at the MWP Annual Dinner
Chad and Meg Gleason of Moglea in Audubon, with MWP Outgoing President Brett Irlmeier presenting the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the MWP Annual Dinner.
January 27, 2017
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes entrepreneurial spirit and the substantial growth of a small business venture in our region. This year’s award was presented to Meg and Chad Gleason, owners of Moglea in Audubon.
Launched in 2012, Moglea is an artful stationary brand that has grown into an internationally known product line consisting of greeting cards, home and party décor, holiday ornaments, art canvases, phone cases, wrapping paper, and much more. They utilize hand applied processes to make one-of-a-kind products and the production team applies layers of paint to large sheets of paper before cutting them down to smaller sizes. Some products are even dipped in pigment or homemade organic dyes made from beets, blueberries, or spinach. Most pieces get printed or foil-stamped on one of their four antique printing presses.
Meg started her business in the basement of their old farmhouse in rural Audubon. As new products were developed and sales grew, additional staff was hired and the business eventually outgrew Meg’s basement, garage, and the rest of her house. They currently have eight fulltime and eight part-time employees and operate out of a unique studio, which Chad built. Recently, Moglea surpassed $500,000 in revenue, with retail sales on their own website accounting for five percent of that.
They sell and ship products to more than 700 brick and mortar, boutique paper and home goods shops around the world, including Anthropologie, Paper Source, The Container Store, and Nordstrom. Their products can also be found in the UK, Canada, France, Sweden, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan.
Meg has worked with several fashion lines to develop exclusive stationary products and other custom art. Moglea’s work has been featured in many forms of press, including Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes & Gardens, and the HGTV Magazine. Meg’s art prints have also been sold at West Elm, a store under the Pottery Barn umbrella.
Meg and Chad are excited about the future of Moglea and will be showcasing their products at tradeshows in Atlanta, Dallas, and New York City in 2017. They also plan to develop more home-goods items like woven cotton blankets, candles, and a modern furniture line later this year.