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MEET THE MAKERS | THE STORIES BEHIND THE PRODUCTS YOU LOVE


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Kate Jaeckel / Orchard Farm

@orchardfarmsoap


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE?

My favorite item in the shop is our calendula cream. I first started making this cream back in the 90’s when I was in school studying massage and herbal medicine.It has changed and been tweaked as the years have gone by.  This recipe includes locally distilled lavender hydrosol for a gentle scent and soothing properties, homegrown and processed calendula for it’s many skin nourishing qualities, olive oil, aloe vera and beeswax. Just 5 ingredients. I love using this after a long day in the sun. Wonderful to use for the whole body especially sensitive skin issues. 


IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK?

We have created a space that our community feels connected with not just our products. A lifestyle and home that has raised food, flowers, herbal medicine, and kids that are environmentally focused. Our legacy will be in the humble, hardworking, family model we have created. One where our kids know exactly where their food comes from and how much work goes into creating it. A world away from my childhood in Chicago. 


WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS?

I love listening to music while I work. I especially love dancing while working. Some favorites are Maggie Rogers, Rhye, Sylvan Esso, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, local amazing Josh Ritter

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Quinton Yeldell / Southern Hospitality 

@sohofeet


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE?

The idea that sparked Southern Hospitality began many, many moons ago while attending podiatry school. During my studies, we would administer moisturizing creams to patients (often diabetics). While the creams we used worked well, I couldn’t help but to notice the not-so-good ingredients found in these creams. So I thought what if I could create a moisturizer that did wonders for the skin, while also having non-toxic ingredients. Through loads of research and LOTS of trial-and-error, I was able to develop a moisturizing cream that I could call my very own. The cream became an entire line and Southern Hospitality was born! 


IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK?

Ultimately, I see Southern Hospitality becoming what I like to call: “A worldwide brand in demand.” It will be a name in the skincare industry that will live on- as a force- for generations to come. 


WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS?

Can’t go wrong with 90s Hip Hop, especially southern artists. OutKast and Goodie Mob, just to name a few. 


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Briana Thornton / Aesthete Tea 

@aesthetetea 


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE?

Love Potion Black Tea Blend: It is actually herbs that were found in a real celtic spell for Love. 


IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK?

Hopefully for being a kind human and sharing my ancestors knowledge of plant medicine from my African, Native American and Irish ancestors. 


WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS?

Carolina Chocolate Drops, Tobe Nwigwe, Solange, The Devil Makes Three, Cat Clyde

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Elizabeth Endicott / Weird Birds

@weirdbirds 


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE?

The Kitty Sets are probably my favorite. They came about when I started brainstorming what my dream toy would have been when I was a child. As a kid, I was constantly making cozy beds for all of my tiny toys, and I have tried to infuse that specific youthful magic into my products. 


IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK? 

Oh jeez. If people are remembering my work in 100 years, I really hope it makes them happy. I like the idea of Future People thinking of my work and smiling with colorful warm fuzzy feelings. 


WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS? 

Fleetwood Mac forever and ever amen. Also - Paul Simon, Lizzo, Fleet Foxes. But when I really need to buckle down, I turn to podcasts (I love Fresh Air and NYT’s The Daily).


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Felix Redecker, CEO and grandson of founder Friedrich Redecker

 / Bürstenhaus Redecker

@ buerstenhaus.redecker


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE?

Every product we invent and design has a use. We don’t manufacturer decoration. It is difficult to point out that one unique product…we have so many! We are thankful for so much inspiration that we get from our customers, friends, colleagues, AND family members.       


IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK?

In times where 1-Dollar-Stores gain more and more importance, we want people appreciate fine handcrafted products that are not available for 1 Dollar. If people buy our products today and treat them right and maintain properly, the items is still alive in 100 years. We want to have Redecker items available for the world, invented, designed and distributed by the sixth Redecker generation. 


WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS?

Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, Lady Gaga and Bon Jovi


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Samantha Foxx / Mother’s Finest Family Farm

@mothersfinesturbanfarm 


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE?

I enjoy making all of the products. Creating gives me so much life! But, the Elderberry Syrup is one of my favorites. I started out making it for my son and turned it into a business. It has helped so many families in our community and beyond. 


IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK?

Appreciate the love and time that goes into a hand crafted product. I value, having a person behind my product and hope that never goes away. With strong loving arms, I embrace the challenges of life; standing for the education, empowerment and the promotion of women and people of color in beekeeping, agriculture and the arts innovation.


WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS?

Anything from Tupac! 😜❤️


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Brad Bernhart / Earlywood

@earlywood_designs 


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE?

Favorite item is the Large Flat Saute. I'm a mechanical engineer by schooling and learned a lot about designing for function while in school. I also worked as a design engineer for 8 years after school. So, I picked up a wooden spoon one day, started analyzing every single part of it. I got rid of all of the features that were unnecessary and guess what was left... the large flat saute! 


IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK?

In 100 years, I don't just want people to remember me and my work... I want them to still be using it! It was old beat up wooden utensils that inspired me to start this business in the first place. I would give anything to be able to see some of our utensils decades into the future and see the love and meals and family and good times they represent! 


WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS?

Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) Bonobo - Dial "M" for Monkey


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Tina Dixon Spence / Buddha Babe

@mybuddhababe


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE?

When I had my son a few years ago, I noticed all the baby clothes and bibs on the market were so babyish. I was like, enough with the ducks! I wanted my son to look like a cool kid. After weeks of cool-hunting, I spotted a bib that looked more like a scarf, but it was way too flimsy. So I bought a sewing machine, learned to sew by watching YouTube, and made my version of the scarf bib, with a cotton surface and absorbent bamboo-fiber interior.


IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK?


I've been approached by investors about growing my business but I've toured a lot of factories, and I'm not impressed with the working conditions. I hire moms to sew for me and I'm more interested in supporting other families with my payroll.


WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS?

Bossa Nova

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Ida Friedman Kasdan / Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve

@chagrinvalleysoap


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE?

My favorite item has always been the one that started it all, our Goat Milk Oatmeal Soap. The story begins in 2001 when I was a full-time science teacher and decided to find an interesting hobby. On the weekends my husband Howard and I would go to local craft shows where I saw many booths selling handmade soap. I was surprised that most of the soaps were made with funky colors and artificial fragrance—it just didn’t make sense. I knew there had to be a way to make a lovely natural soap without artificial ingredients. 


Soap is chemistry and I love science. I spent months researching "soap" and my hobby was born. My husband made me a small wooden mold, I gathered some Goat’s Milk, some Oatmeal, some local Honey and a few basic oils, appropriated my kitchen mixer, spatula, and pots, and began. 


IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK?

My mom passed away a few months ago, she was 102. She will not be remembered for her worldly accomplishments or achievements in life. She will be remembered for the way in which her genuine, loving presence enriched the lives of those she met. She believed that there is always something you can do for someone to make their day just a little bit better. And what is her legacy? It is me!


If the company still exists in 100 years my great grandkids will be running it and I hope we are remembered for being a pioneer in the fledgling industry of organic skin care. I believed in organic, sustainable, and environmentally friendly before it was “fashionable” to do so. The company could have made more money following a different path, but that was not the goal. What is important to me is not how the world will remember me in the future, but what I do in the present. 


My important legacy is my children. I hope that they will remember that I was strong, willing to take risks and make mistakes. That I laughed, cried and loved. And that in the end, I experienced my joy of living through all the beautiful little things life has to offer. I hope that both they and the world will remember me in the same way that I remember my mom.


WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS?

The Beatles! I grew up on The Beatles, they’ve always been my favorite, and Christine, our head Product Chef is a true “superfan”! There would be some classic rock like Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin,  Simon & Garfunkel and Grateful Dead, a bit of R&B/Soul and some more “modern” artists, ranging from Peter Gabriel to Muse. Ben, who makes all the Soap and Shampoo bars, tends to pump lots of 1980’s hits and 1990’s hip hop!

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Erika Hickey / Coming Up Rainbows

@cominguprainbows


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE?

Our  I always wonder if I'm doing enough, if I'm helping enough people? I hope in 100 years people still look for the rainbows in this world. Rainbows are so full of hope. I always hope I am loving hard enough and touching enough lives to make a difference. The darkness out there is big, the world is so big. How do you reach enough people? I know it is important to make a difference on a small scale. I hope that by doing that, love spreads. I think something I realized a long time ago is people aren't given the time they deserve, or the time they need from other people or from our busy world. I hope people feel like I've granted them the time they need and the time they deserve, and that I listened to them. And, I guess in turn that other people follow suit and listen and love really really hard. We need to keep all of those hard lovers and good listeners around for a really long time. is a good one. It was invented when my kids were in their first years of school. I have a tiny blog post about it. My big kiddo had a hard time leaving his Mama, so we invented a powerband that I would charge up with love and put on his wrist or ankle to remind him that I was 'with' him all day. It morphed into a band that I sent to people that needed some love, sad friends, anxious family members, people experiencing loss or going through tough or trying times. The powerband is a constant reminder of love. We often drop a bit of essential oil on as an extra comfort. We all need powerbands.


IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK?

I always wonder if I'm doing enough, if I'm helping enough people? I hope in 100 years people still look for the rainbows in this world. Rainbows are so full of hope. I always hope I am loving hard enough and touching enough lives to make a difference. The darkness out there is big, the world is so big. How do you reach enough people? I know it is important to make a difference on a small scale. I hope that by doing that, love spreads. I think something I realized a long time ago is people aren't given the time they deserve, or the time they need from other people or from our busy world. I hope people feel like I've granted them the time they need and the time they deserve, and that I listened to them. And, I guess in turn that other people follow suit and listen and love really really hard. We need to keep all of those hard lovers and good listeners around for a really long time.


WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS?

I can't listen to much music with lyrics, in my 'old' age, if I'm trying to get something done that involves deep thought. In cases like that I love jazz, Ella Fitzgerald, usually. If I'm making products, sewing, knitting or concocting I often listen to a book or podcast. If I need to dance while I work, I love the Guardians of the Galaxy mixed tapes (that's kind of cheating though). My husband also makes the best mixed tapes. But, if I'm making my own - it would have some Magnetic Fields, Talking Heads, Lizzo, New Pornographers, They Might Be Giants, Flaming Lips, David Bowie, Prince, Fleetwood Mac,Oblio Joes and Volumen.

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Alice Cantrell / Twig & Moth

@twigandmoth


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE?

Well, I'm not sure that I have a favorite. :) I suppose if I had to pick, it would be the Nature Journals, which were made with the help and input of my youngest two children.


IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK? 

That I did my best to help children to reconnect with the amazing natural world around them. 


WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS?

My mixtape would probably be mostly modern bluegrass and folk.


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Yumiko Sekine  / fog linen 

@foglinenyumiko @foglinenwork 


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE?

Linen kitchen clothes, Linen Table Clothes, Linen Full Aprons, Linen Garcon aprons in natural colors are the items I started fog linen work with...I have not changed the design since the beginning. I still love the simplicity of these items after over 20 years. 


IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK?

Linen is a long life material. I hope some of the products can be used over 100 years. 


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Lori Roberts / Little Truths Studio

@little_truths_studio


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE?   

It's hard to choose a favorite! When I first started painting at age 40 I had no idea I would eventually do it full time for a living. I just felt called to create art with a message, like my most popular print, the ABCs of Life. I created it several years ago as a love letter to my daughter McKenzie, as a sort of "rules of life" piece, highlighting mindfulness, connection, empathy, forgiveness, wonder and gratitude. Each year I receive so many kind notes and feedback on this piece- I love hearing that it has been given to children, adults, graduates, newlyweds and posted in schools, clinics, daycares, yoga studios, therapist offices. I'm humbled and encouraged that this print has spoken to so many people! 


IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK?  

I would like the world to remember my work as encouraging, thought provoking, conversation starting, community building. I create work that is designed to express genuine sentiment, encourage empathy and spread kindness, I hope that is my legacy. 


WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS? 

There are certain bands/songs that just signal to me: it's time to get down to business! My mix tape would definitely include Fleetwood Mac, Modest Mouse, Beastie Boys, The Police and Cake. 


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Robert Workman / Barebones Living

@barebonesliving


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE?   

I love the grace, balance, technology, and beauty of our Woodsman Collection of knives, hatchets, and axes. Particularly, our grubbing and splitting axe inspired by Ed Pulaski. I have used many axes throughout my life, and the one thing that I always fought with was the constant need to knock the loosened head back into place. By designing a full tang axe with a tightening hex bolt, we were able to solve many of the issues associated with that.


IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK?  

I doubt my great-grandchildren will remember me in 100 years, but I hope that my actions today will make a difference to their lives. I work hard to do my part to care for the earth. I always do my best with what knowledge and resources I currently have; I’m willing to adapt to what works for the day and let go of old ways that are no longer relevant.


WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS? 

Charlie Pride. Alabama. Alan Jackson. The Avett Brothers. Some Bob Marley. Carrie Underwood. Charlie Daniels Band. Ed Sheeran. Elton John. Elvis. Eric Clapton. George Strait. Gordon Lightfoot. Jim Croce. John Denver. John Cash. Kenny Rogers. Mumford & Sons. Old Dominion.


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