We aim to inspire others to embrace their individuality, appreciate the beauty in our differences, pursue their passions, and most importantly; never take yourself too seriously.
Express Your Nerd!
Who Are We....
We are nerds. But what does that mean, anyway. According to Websters dictionary a nerd is a ...wait that doesn't sound right. We are changing the definition of a nerd. Per Nerd Zoo, a nerd is an individual who accepts the fact that they are an individual. They are not afraid of being unique, in-fact they embrace their own and other's uniqueness because they realize it is these differences that create beauty in the world. A nerd is passionate about their interest; however odd or eccentric they may be. We are all nerds in some way. Each of us is unique, with our own talents to offer. But those talents can only be realized and grow if we embrace our own inner nerd. Nerd Zoo aims to inspire each of us to find our inner nerd and express it to the world. We believe so strongly in this simple yet important concept that we have made it the center of what we do. A portion of each purchase goes towards local charities that also support this idea and are helping our children find their talents. Helping others find their inner nerd is what makes our communities and our world a better place. Welcome to Nerd Zoo.
How It Started...
Nerd Zoo was started by Julie Sharrer, just a local nerd who was passionate about art and making people smile. Julie began drawing pen and ink sketches while in Ecuador volunteering with a team of medical providers to provide care to children and their families. At the time, as a pre-med student in college, she did not have much to offer in the way of medical skills but she knew she had other talents to use. While children waited in line to see the doctor, she began sketching their smiling faces only to find that soon she was surrounded by a crowd of children who wanted their own picture, as they had never before had even a photograph of themselves. Watching the kids smile and giggle at the drawings and cartoons, she knew that art would always be a part of her life. Many of those drawings are gone now, after the kids happily marched away with their drawing in hand. It was not until years later, after several long nights of studying and eventually becoming a medical provider herself, that Julie recognized how those with an inner joy were more able to cope with the storms of life and that a smile truly is the most contagious thing ever witnessed. Just how medicine can treat diseases, she saw art as a tool to spread joy. Nerd Zoo began as an art company with the goal of making people smiled and has grown into a business with the goal of helping of inspiring other to embrace individuality, appreciate our differences, and pursue your passions. We have since then partnered with Timmy Global Health and local schools to support the mission of making the world a happier and healthier place.