Dakota Nowicki, 25, and Sarah LaValle, 28, of Shirley, have been interacting with hundreds of women — locally and around the world — since coming up with the concept earlier this year.
What the two friends say they’re building is a brand, a lifestyle — all based on women helping women.
“We wanted to find like-minded women, to push people to go beyond their boundaries in any aspect of life they want,” Nowicki said. “So yes, it is about empowerment.”
“Whatever their goals are, beyond the limitations of society, basically,” added LaValle.
So far the group, which started online, has organized in-person community events, such as a trail cleanup in Seattle earlier this year, which was followed by a similar expedition in Denver.
Later this month, Wander Beyond Her will be running a Halloween-themed bar crawl planned for Main Street in Patchogue called Wander the Patch.
The date is Thursday, Oct. 25, and tickets are $40 each, plus online fees. The crawl will hit The Tap Room, That Meetball Place and BrickHouse Brewery before winding down at the new Bean of Patchogue coffeehouse.
Attendees will get four drink tickets, with free snacks at The Bean to follow.
Click here to purchase tickets online — and for more details.
Although the friends describe their blog and community as “male friendly, but directed to women,” the bar crawl is coed.
“We’re really trying to do more local events,” said Nowicki.
And grow their business.
Wanderbeyondher.com launched this April. There, visitors will find journal entries, events listings and guides to different continents — geared toward the female wanderer. Soon there will be a page selling Wander Beyond Her apparel.
“We realized this could be a lot bigger than either of us ever thought it would be. But money is never the goal,” said LaValle. “We’re doing this to inspire people.”
“We’re both entrepreneurs,” Nowicki said. “And that’s kind of where it started from, us wandering beyond from the typical lifestyle, the 9 to 5 job, which neither of us were all about. So we both decided to take the plunge and go out on our own.”
Nowicki is now the owner of Dakota Expediting and a real estate agent at Rice Realty Group in Bellport. LaValle last year started her own entertainment company called Island Exclusive Entertainment that provides live music for special events.
Both are instructors at Free Spirits Yoga on North Ocean Avenue in Patchogue.
Then, they work on their fledgling community network and business.
“We’re getting more serious [with Wander Beyond Her] about working with our ambassadors, creating content, soon we’ll have a members-only page,” Nowicki said. “The response we’ve gotten so far has been amazing.”