A 1916-erected building located at 6881 Pecan St. can be considered a Frisco home away from home for various reasons. Because Brooklyn Calloway rents this historic, bookable Brookielynn's Bungalow and a Volkswagen bus in the heart of the Rail District, as well as resides in one of Frisco's oldest houses off Oak Street, one might assume she focuses on everything that's 'Frisco vintage.' However, the modern-minded part of Brooklyn fully embraces technology and contemporary forms of communications. Consequently, she's a professional who captures zest from spontaneous moments and who has built an effervescent business to support busy parents, adventuresome adults and other small business owners like herself.
To that end, Brooklyn channeled the charming, turn-of-the-century 2,100-square-foot venue during 2018 into a space where women can gather in community, tap into their creativity and host parties or special events. She says she also hosts classes that teach small business owners how to stand out among competitors online. Additionally, her three-dimensional photography installations and studio rooms there provide backdrops to a variety of photographers. The space can anchor company retreats or meetings, too. All rentals come with the use of the house's hallway, porch and kitchen common areas.
"I like to mentor and train other, ambitious small business leaders through one-to-one coaching, classes, online training, and to offer the bungalow space for business needs and workshops," Brooklyn shares.
The creative former, middle school English teacher for 11 years with the Frisco Independent School District initially wanted a spot at which to video customers successfully working with the furniture refinishing tips and craft kits she sold. In fact, she says she set a Guinness World Record in 2016 for the “largest furniture restoration lesson (single venue).”
Over time, Brooklyn says the bungalow became an adult version of her childhood tree house.
Currently, her location includes four beauty business offerings: a spray tan and facial specialist, an eyelash extensions technician, a waxing esthetician and a hair stylist. "We're a one-stop-shop for women. We've become really good friends, even vacationing together, like a little girls' gang," she quips.
Through what she deems The Bungalow Collective, she hosts monthly special gatherings, such as Friendsgiving platter parties, ornament exchanges, speed dating-inspired networking and closet swaps.
"We typically have door prizes from Rail District restaurants or boutiques, as ways to support each other in our community," says Brooklyn.
At presstime, she was finalizing a Fine Art Night fundraiser to support the Spirit Of A Hero Foundation, perhaps at Nack Theatre to accommodate the large crowd who wanted to participate. This nonprofit provides financial, developmental and community support to veterans of the U.S. armed forces and their families.The Galentine’s style event was slated for the end of February, as an evening of wine, charcuterie board snacks and instructor-guided painting of a male model.
"If this type of outing goes over well, we'll plan to rotate future host locations throughout downtown so more people can get to know each other and what the area offers," she adds.
In her spare time, this go-getter now conducts two electronic courses and three coaching programs as ways to uplift other business professionals.
Brooklyn says her lifelong motto has been: “Go Big or Go Home!” From the looks of things, she also achieves big results at home -- whichever one she's in.
The bungalow's amenities can be previewed by scheduling a tour online.
Fun Fact: The bungalow was a house built by a couple named Abram and Mariah Polser Malone, who relocated to Texas from Tennessee. They farmed at the location, and raised six children, one of which became a seamstress who made fine dresses for Frisco ladies. The house stayed in the Malone family for three generations until 1975.