Meet Amanda Welch

TREVILIANS, VIRGINIA

Amanda Welch may have grown up in New York, but she’s at home on her farm, Meeting House Farm, in Louisa County, Virginia. Welch has spent nearly 30 years taking care of the farm that has taken care of her with its bounty. As a child, Amanda’s sensitive skin was an ongoing concern. She has learned over the years how to naturally heal, cleans, and moisturize her skin with ingredients sourced from nature. After honing her recipes by tweaking her techniques and ingredients, Grubby Girl Handmade Soaps & Bath Products was born.

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Meet Nicole Coleman

ASHBURN, VIRGINIA

Often described by her supporters as a visionary of fun, vibrant, unique designs, Nicole Coleman has always loved the arts. Since a little girl, she enjoyed painting, drawing, and crafting. Using different canvases throughout the years, Nicole is a true artisan at heart, enjoying sewing, baking and cake decorating, in addition to being well-known for her ability to turn any party or event into a decorated masterpiece.

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Meet Vinnie Charity

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

Vincent “Vinnie” Charity, Jr. knows and appreciates the fruits of one’s labor. From his home workshop in Richmond, Virginia, he’s inspired by the beautiful grains of wood stored in his space. “The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree”, Vinnie explained. “My main inspiration was from my father, who doesn't make things, but taught me the value of working with my hands and the importance of using the right tool for the job.”

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Meet Ginny Crane

NORTH CHESTERFIELD, VIRGINIA

Ginny Crane hopes her customers feel just as liberated while wearing her handcrafted jewelry and accessories as she does while making each piece. The Mechanicville, Virginia native has obsessed over making jewelry most of her life, but truly discovered her gift at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Art. Since graduating in 2015, Crane branched beyond her conceptual and sculptural body of work to jewelry production.

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Meet Derek Drocy

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

Derek Drocy started Drocy Woodworks with the desire for a simple, yet functional, modern desk. After several unsuccessful attempts at finding what he was looking for, Derek decided to build his own. After completing his first project, he realized that the possibilities were endless.

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Meet Claire Berry

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

Claire Berry is her mother’s daughter. While growing up in Haymarket, Virginia, Claire admired her mother’s entrepreneurial spirit as she took orders over the phone for her custom, handmade Christmas ornaments and selling at local craft shows. Like most creatives, Berry’s mother would always have a project in the works and remained unapologetic for the ones never progressing to being complete. It’s those childhood memories that charted Claire’s path to study Interior Design at Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon graduation, Claire succumbed to the artsy community and now calls Richmond, Virginia home.

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Meet Lanvi T. Nguyen

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

Lanvi T. Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American photographer based out of Richmond, Virginia whose passion for capturing the world through a camera lens speaks for itself. As an alumnus of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts inspired by natures energy, Lanvi has dedicated herself to documenting her environments both familiar and foreign, spending recent years photographing abroad in Asia South Pacific countries.

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Meet Rosa Lee Fry

LOUISA, VIRGINIA

Everyday moments don’t go unnoticed by Rosa Lee Fry. With bright watercolor paints and ink, she tells stories of familiar people, places, and things. She has been able to develop her illustrative art form since childhood while growing up in Louisa, Virginia. As she paints each of her images, Fry recalls the folk tales narrated by her grandfather. It’s those stories plus nature, animals, retro tattoos, and people that inspires her. She was drawn back home to Louisa County after graduating from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and Studio Art. Today, She’s able to share the stories from her childhood along with her art as an Elementary Art Teacher in her hometown. 

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Meet Tasha McKelvey

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

Running in the woods of Mathews County, Virginia as a little girl entertained and stimulated the imaginative mind of Tasha McKelvey. Her life along Virginia’s middle peninsula was full of inspiration for her flora and fauna line of functional, decorative ceramics. "It’s funny with the birds," McKelvey said. "My parents are birdwatchers and avid gardeners. These are not my hobbies; they’re my parents’ hobbies, but that is what my work is about." It was clear to her at a young age while navigating the classroom as a dyslexic student she would become an artist.At her Richmond, Virginia studio, Tasha has risen above her dyslexia to become “The Handmade Clay Goddess” and master of handmade pottery and jewelry. Her potter’s wheel is her weapon of choice. 

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Meet Andrew and Carrie Cheatham

ROCKVILLE, VIRGINIA

Standing by and tolerating social injustice isn’t acceptable for Orange County, Virginia native Carrie Cheatham. After the first Travel Ban on January 27, 2017, Carrie was determined to do more than just volunteer and advocate for displaced refugees. This legislative event struck Carrie’s heart and overwhelmed her with sadness, anger, confusion, frustration, and helplessness. After much thought, she and her husband, Andrew of Chesterfield, Virginia, turned their passion of making delightfully witty hand painted cards into a business for social good. Late summer 2017, Snail Mail, LLC, was established with a mission to make a difference in the lives of those seeking a safe haven and an opportunity to live in peace.

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Meet Amy Huml

ZION CROSSROADS, VIRGINIA

Every day is a special day for jewelry maker Amy Huml of Zion Crossroads, Virginia. Born in southeastern Virginia, Amy’s handmade jewelry is inspired by everyday people and their stories of triumph, success, and perseverance. Crafting her jewelry from her home studio at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains with her feline co-worker provides the natural surroundings informing her designs. Amy uses an array of natural and semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, mixed metals and leather that are transformed into statement pieces. 

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Meet Matthew and Brandy Stargell

VARINA, VIRGINIA

Husband and wife team, Matthew and Brandy Stargell, extended their love to beekeeping at their home in Varina, Virginia. What once started in 2012 as a hobby and passion for the couple grew into a vibrant business in 2014. After their namesake, Stargell's Apiaries specializes in packaged bees, pollination services, nucleus colonies, queens, and honey. 

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Meet Sallie Plumley

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

Traditions matter to Eastern North Carolina native Sallie Plumley. As a little girl, she spent countless hours in her granddaddy’s woodshop and wood carving club. Sallie’s admiration and love for her grandfather’s craftmanship turned into her passion for custom woodworking. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Crafts and Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, she honed her basic skills learned in her grandfather’s small backyard shop by concentrating in woodworking and furniture design. One would say Sallie was born to be a master woodworker, but she would argue to say she was born to use woodworking as a platform to collaborate and create pieces that facilitates fellowship around a table.

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Meet Larry Hancock

Meet Larry Hancock

CHESTERFIELD, VIRGINIA

Being raised in North Chesterfield, VA, Larry Hancock, has lived in the Richmond area all his life. Ever since he was a little boy, he always knew he wanted to own a company. He was never sure what kind of business he would want to run until he went to college at Virginia Commonwealth University. By going to an urban college campus, he often found himself in local coffee shops and thought to himself, “Wouldn't it be cool to own one of these one day?” 

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Meet Patricia Guillouard

Meet Patricia Guillouard

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

Born and raised in Paris, France, Patricia Guillouard, Owner and Proprietor of CaryTown Teas, understands the art of tea. When she relocated to Richmond, Virginia in 2005, Patricia noticed a need for a proper tea shop in the area. Her goal was to open a shop that would be similar to the ones she grew up with in France. She combined her experience owning a successful fashion boutique in New York City and her schooling by her maternal grandmother from an early age in the culture, art, and traditions of fine tea blending to realize her dream. CaryTown Teas made its debut in the fall of 2006, opening its doors with a wide array of premium teas from around the world. 

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Meet Liz Watson

CAPE CHARLES, VIRGINIA

Liz Watson is a local artist and designer based in Cape Charles, Virginia working in jewelry design, photography and graphic arts. The Founder & Creative Director of LW Design Group, Liz respects and channels the power, simplicity, beauty, and narrative of good design. She believes good design gives people everything they need, but never gives them too much. From her jewelry making to photography, Liz’s design aesthetic is relatable, smart, and clean.

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Meet Britt Hayes

SHORT PUMP, VIRGINIA

Home is where the heart is for Britt Hayes of Cricket Cove Soap Co. Born in Syracuse, NY, Britt followed her heart to start her own company making natural, handmade coconut milk soap, beer soap, and scrubs from her home workshop in Short Pump, Virginia. She has always had an obsession with bath products especially soap. Before starting her business, Britt spent years representing artists as a co-owner of Art’s Sake Gallery in Henrico, Virginia. Cricket Cove Soap Co. allows her to combine her love for creating, self-care, and entrepreneurship.

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Meet Suzanne Selby

STAFFORD, VIRGINIA

Currently residing in Stafford, VA, Texas-born Suzanne Selby exemplifies how one can work, play, and live with passion and intention. Following her formal education in Interior Design, she always maintained a love for design. Suzanne owned and operated a children's retail boutique, Clever Tomato, a collective of modern furnishings created by designers and architects across the globe. Today, she’s the designer, woodworker and creative force behind Selby & Company. 

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