Meet Our Makers: Steel Birch

Steel Birch enhances our shop offerings with their amazing products that range from body scrubs to lip balms, and they now have a chic new all-white look to their branding! We love having them in the store, so we wanted you to learn a little more about the company.  Read on to hear the incredible inspiring story of Steel Birch! 

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Founder’s Name: Courtney Weisel 

Website: https://steelbirch.com/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/shopsteelbirch

Courtney, tell us about your story and how your company came to be:

While living in Manhattan in 2010 I worked for a celebrity dermatologist where I gained deep insight into the world of skincare from one of the best in the field. I was engaged in the skin concerns of the rich and famous, the latest aesthetic breakthroughs and complex cosmetic procedures. I was also introduced to costly, chemical ridden product lines manufactured by large corporations. This gave me an appreciation for clean beauty products and sparked my desire to begin creating my own formulations. Despite enjoying my position and my love for the fast NYC lifestyle, I neglected other aspects of my personal health with frequent late nights and excessive drinking.

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Fast forwarding a bit through some twists and turns, life lead me (and my now husband) to Charleston. I struggled to find my place in the beauty field here at the time, and I ended up settling for a position as a bartender downtown. Over time my alcohol abuse developed into alcohol addiction. In 2016, I came to a place where I had to choose between getting sober or facing an imminent early death at 28 years old. Despite how obvious that decision may seem, in my sickness it was the most difficult decision of my life. Thankfully I chose the former. After 3 months of treatment, I began to rebuild my life.


I vowed to cherish my health and wellness alongside my sobriety, and reestablish what connected me to the world... what made me happy and alive. I always loved creating. Anything from art, poetry, decor to my own products - but getting sober gave me a stronger urge to create. With that passion, a goal to rebuild a better life for myself, to help others, and with my awareness of toxic “luxury” products out on the market... Steel Birch was born.


By definition, steel is strength, bracing for what is ahead; and the birch tree is a symbol of new beginnings. The name represents my journey, and any one else’s journey to better themselves despite life's difficulties. My products are created with the name’s heart beat, out of my absolute gratitude for life, beauty, nature, and what is still ahead. I formulate with powerfully effective and ethically sourced ingredients from the earth. I know life can be busy, messy, and sometimes really ugly... but your skincare should be simple, safe, effective, an absolute treat - nothing less. I passionately create each product to empower women, help them to feel that they are cherished and beautiful, and to provide safe and effective results they can be confident about.

Who is another local maker you admire?

I am a huge fan of Katie and Shane over at The Restored Board Design Co. Shane’s woodworking pieces are flawlessly beautiful, and Katie’s photography and eye for design is spot on. They are both uniquely talented, and together they are a power couple to admire.


What’s your favorite Charleston Restaurant?

I’m a Thai Food junkie. A meal from Taste of Thai in West Ashley never disappoints. (If you have never tried Thai Iced Tea, you should!)


What is your favorite song to jam out to while you create products or look for inspiration? 

Most days I tune the dial to podcasts... I love the thrill of a good story while I paint or formulate. Criminal is my go-to favorite! It’s about true crime and the interesting people involved... I always find myself saying “wait, that really happened?!”

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What is your favorite product you offer right now and what was the inspiration behind it/why will people love it?

I just released Moon Silk Calming Night Mist, and it is definitely my new favorite. It’s a lightweight calming lotion mist for bedtime, infused with lavender, vetiver and silk protein. I don’t know about you, but I take my wind down time seriously. I have an internal check list to complete until “I am comfy now”...like putting on PJ's, a mug of herbal tea in hand and essential oils diffusing... but I was missing a quick and easy solution to moisturize my skin once in bed. I formulated with essential oils that I’ve found to be the most effective and relaxing. I made Moon Silk as an easy to apply moisturizer that quickly absorbs and deeply hydrates, and because I love going to sleep with touchable, silky skin.

*Steel Birch Donates 5% of their profit to The Steel Birch Recovery Fund, helping individuals in financial need get local treatment for Alcoholism/Addiction

images c/o Aneris Photography 

Mimi Striplin
Meet Our Makers: Cannabonez

Today we’re hearing from one of our newest members of the shop, the duo behind Cannabonez. Read on if you’ve been wondering if CBD is right for your pet!

Your website: www.canna-bonez.com

Your Instagram: @cannabonez

Founder’s name(s): Matt Mummert and Stacey Detlor

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The Cannabonez Story

Our story begins like so many other longtime dog owners. After turning seven, our beloved Roscoe started to lose a step. He was struggling up the stairs, tired easily, and seemed to have lost much of his appetite. He just wasn’t himself anymore. We knew we had to do something – and fast.

So we introduced Roscoe to non-psychoactive CBD oils. Thankfully, within a couple of weeks, we noticed an incredible improvement in his health and vitality. Stairs no longer proved a challenge for Roscoe, and he was less anxious overall. In addition to regaining his appetite, he was getting along better with other dogs. It was like the old Roscoe was back!

Now our mission is to help as many other four-legged friends enjoy the same benefits and lifestyle as Roscoe. We all love our pets. Why not give them the best quality of life possible?

Why CannaBonez?

CannaBonez is a specially formulated blend of Hemp Derived Terpenes, CBD Isolate, and USDA Certified Organic MCT Oil. There are over 17 different Terpenes in our specially blended formula. Our CBD isolate is the highest grade isolate available on the market with a Pharma Grade Lab certification and a purity of 99.96%. CBD by itself has a wide array of health benefits, but when we add our signature Terpene blend, we enhance the CBD to a greater extent. Adding different Terpenes allows us to guide your pet’s CBD experience.

What are some of the overall benefits of CBD for pets?

Other members of our Woof-pack have used this product for:

Pain & Inflammation

Arthritis

Joint Stress, & Lowered Mobility

Aggression & Anxiety

Threat of Seizures

Reduced Circulation & Heart Problems

Lowered Appetite & Nausea

Skin Sensitivity & Other Allergies

Complications Associated with Cancer

Negative Effects of Aging


What Makes Your Products Different?

Several years of research and development have gone into the making of Mumm’s Signature Terpene blend. Terpenes are simple hydro-carbon chains that enhance the therapeutic benefits of the CBD known as the “entourage effect.” The therapeutic benefits ranging from anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, decrease nociceptive pain, muscle relaxation, gastrointestinal issues, and anti-spasmodic. Our products are lab-tested, and contain 0.00% THC.

How does CBD work?

CBD interacts with receptors in the brain and immune system. Receptors are tiny proteins attached to the cells that receive chemical signals from different stimuli and help cells respond. The neurotransmitters are released into the synaptic cleft by exocytosis. Once CBD enters the bloodstream and breaks the blood brain barrier, (think of it as the distribution center) to all the synaptic clefts, it migrates throughout the body to effect inflammation, reduce pain, & calm stress. During our research we have seen that CBD has an anti-inflammatory effect. CBD engages with the endocannabinoid system in many organs throughout your pets’ body, helping to reduce inflammation.

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Stop by the shop soon to give CBD a try for yourself- we carry Cannabonez treats and CBD oil! Save the date for June 19th from 5-7 to meet the founders and get free pup portraits!

Meet Our Makers: Me Time Botanicals
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Kara Reich is the lady behind one of our newer product lines, Me Time Botanicals. You can come in store to sample most of her products, or read on to get to know more about Kara!


Your website:  www.metimebotanicals.com

Your Instagram: @metimebotanicals

Founder’s name(s): Kara Reich

Tell us your story of how you came to create Me Time Botanicals: 

As a wife and stepmom to two preteens, I found it challenging to find me time and typically put myself last on the list. After many tear-filled stressful nights, I finally realized how important it was to fill my own cup. As the passion grew for self-care, I whipped up a coffee scrub with simple, plant-based ingredients right from the kitchen and enjoyed an evening soak in the tub. Feeling refreshed and energized, it hit me that wanted to share this Me Time secret with everyone. 

After enrolling in Formula Botanica's Organic Cosmetic Science School to broaden my natural skincare knowledge, Me Time Botanicals was born & I never looked back. Me Time Botanicals thoughtfully blends passion with skin-loving plants/plant-based actives that naturally contain antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids, and phytonutrients to nourish you inside and out during your self-care skincare ritual. Carve out a few extra moments to relax & recharge your mind, body, & soul with moisturizing oils & luxurious butters, mineral rich salts, and botanical nectars passionately blended so you can enjoy your me time.

My promise to you is to never use synthetics in products, always be plant-based, cruelty-free and keep your skin soft & radiant at an affordable price.


Who is another local maker you admire?

Kelly Hauschild of Homegrown Holistic. She is an remarkable herbalist, yoga teacher, amazing mom and all around vibrant human that encouraged and inspired me to launch my skin and body care line. 

What’s your favorite Charleston Restaurant?

My husband and I had our first date and 3 years later our wedding reception at Poogan's Porch! Such great memories plus those biscuits are fantastic.


What is your favorite song to jam out to while you create products or look for inspiration?  

I have few mixes on youtube that plays random songs but Wild Child by Kenny Chesney always seems to pop up and anything by Pink. It connects me to my inner badass and reminds me to stay free. 

What is your favorite product you offer right now and what was the inspiration behind it/why will people love it? 

Although I should haven't "favorites" among my creations, Morning Perk Eye & Facial Serum will always be near to my heart! I actually created Morning Perk for our wedding guests. I wanted something our family and friends would enjoy and actually use instead of something that would just be pitched. It became such a hit that I launched Me Time Botanicals.

Spring Unicorn Party Inspo
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Hi from Cannonborough Collective co-owners Liz & Mimi! We recently had fun with some other female business owners for a gathering at Semilla, a local restaurant we love. We used some of our unicorn themed party goods and balloons to decorate, so we hope you enjoy this visual inspiration for your next soiree. It could be just the ticket for a bachelorette party, baby shower, or special birthday!

all images by Mary Beth Creates // flowers by Petaloso

Charleston bridal shower or bachelorette party idea

Have a look below to see some of the fun bridal accessories we have to help easily transform any soiree into something fun for the bride-to-be or your bachelorettes!

Bride Tribe Koozies, $3 // Bride Headbands, $6 & up // Rainbow Row Enamel Pin Party Favors, $10

Follow us on Instagram to see more of our balloons & local Charleston goods!

Meet Our Makers: BR Design Co.
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Many of you frequent our shop to get your fix of the amazing clay earrings created by BR Design Co. Their pieces are all one of a kind handmade creations, so you can truly have a unique piece of jewelry for a really great price (studs start at just $14). Learn a little more about their company below!

Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/cbrdesign
Instagram: @br_design_co
Company Founders: Cassandra Browner Richardson & Carlene Browner

Share a fun fact about your brand or your story/ tell us about your products: 

Cassandra and Carlene have been making and selling clay jewelry from ages 8 and 5 yrs old and you can still find them popping up at local markets around town or at the Night Market. They are also skilled makers of macrame and create beautiful plant hangers.

Who is another local maker you admire? 

Marie of Macramade by Marie

What’s your favorite local Restaurant? 

Sermet’s

What is your favorite song to jam out to while you create products or look for inspiration? 

Old School Motown

What is your favorite product you offer right now and what was the inspiration behind it/why will people love it? 

Textured Neutrals. I love how organic they feel.  They were inspired by Greece and all the old architectural there.


If you see something of BR’s that you like on our Instagram, you better come get it quick because

their clay creations never stick around our store for very long!

Meet Our Makers: Texture Design Co.
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Today we introduce you to Texture Design Co.! You’re a big fan of their prints, cards, magnets, & calendars so we wanted to share more about this adorable brand.


Website: www.texturedesignco.com

Instagram: @TextureDesignCo

Company Founder: Emily Kirby

Share a fun fact about your brand or your story/ tell us about your products: 

Before heading to college, my dad told me I should think about majoring in Graphic Design. Being a stubborn teenage girl, I quickly turned that idea down. Ha! A few years after graduating college, I realized he may have had a good point. :) So I went back to school for a graphic design, and that was the start of Texture Design Co! Lesson learned, sometimes parents have really good advice.

Who is another local maker you admire? 

I’m a huge fan of the beautiful weavings by Sunwoven. I love Erin’s use of color; she puts together the yummiest color combinations! We have one of her pieces in our living room, and it really makes me smile. We now carry these weavings in our store, too!

What’s your favorite Charleston Restaurant? 

Basil is my “tried and true”! It was one of the first restaurants I visited when I moved to Charleston 11 years ago, and it is still a top favorite. Their Thai food never gets old!

What is your favorite song to jam out to while you create products or look for inspiration?  

It changes regularly, but this week I’ve listened to ’Say Something’ by Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake on repeat.

What is your favorite product you offer right now and what was the inspiration behind it/why will people love it? 

A Charleston Baby’s First Year Book will forever be a favorite project! I started working on it when we found out that we were expecting our first child. I wanted to create a baby book that I was excited to fill out, and I’m so happy with how it turned out. The pages are full of colorful illustrations of Charleston, and I think it is the perfect baby gift for new parents in the Lowcountry! 

Photos of Emily by Wild Cotton Photography

Photos of Baby Book by Taylor Lauren Barker 

Meet Our Makers: Escapada Living
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You’ll love learning more about this colorful local clothing company we started carrying earlier this year! The gorgeous prints they create simply make us smile, and we hope you’ll come by to shop their spring/summer selection soon.


Your website: escapadaliving.com

Your Instagram: instagram.com/EscapadaLiving

Company Founder: Natalia Castillo

Share a fun fact about your brand or your story/ tell us about your products:

Our goal is to add a little sunshine to the closets of women everywhere, but our mission to spread happiness doesn’t end with clothing! Escapada Living supports various charities both locally and abroad. The Escapada Living Children’s Fund was established 4 years ago to help support the local community in Solo, Indonesia (where our factory is located). We are so grateful for the community’s acceptance and support, and our fund provides care, school supplies, and new experiences for the children of two orphanages within the village. Our production manager is very much involved in the children's daily lives, taking them on fun excursions and constantly seeking out ways to improve their well-being. The Solo community has given so much to us, it’s nice to be able to give back.

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Who is another local maker you admire?

Where do I begin? I’m a big fan of Hart tassel earrings (Hart Hagerty), Charleston Rice Beads from Candy Shop Vintage, and the fabulous stationery from Texture Design Co...just to name a few!


What’s your favorite Charleston Restaurant?

My new favorite restaurant is Melfi’s, but my go-to restaurant is The Obstinate Daughter. You have to try the Gnocchi alla Romana!

What is your favorite song to jam out to while you create products or look for inspiration?  

The Pandora station at the office gets shuffled regularly, but I tend to like upbeat tunes when searching for inspiration!


What is your favorite product you offer right now and what was the inspiration behind it/why will people love it?

Tough question! Off-the-shoulder styles are so in right now, so I’d have to say the Tasseled Monica Dress and the Stretch-Knit Bonnie Dress. The Monica is super fun and flirty - perfect for a day out on the town! The Stretch-Knit Bonnie Dress is stylish, comfortable and cute! For tops, my go-to is our ¾ Sleeve Susan top. It’s available in both our signature rayon fabric and stretch-knit fabric.

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Meet Our Makers: 843 Shop
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Today we are chatting with one of the brands we added this year, 843 shop. Our customers are just loving their custom Charleston tees & totes. Read on to learn a little more about them!

Your website: 843shop.com

Your Instagram: @843shop

Company Founder: Adam Miller

Share a fun fact about your brand or your story/ tell us about your products: 

All 843 Shop merchandise is designed and printed locally in Riverland Terrace. 

Who is another local maker you admire? 

J. Stark founder Erik Holmberg

What’s your favorite Charleston Restaurant? 

Charleston Grill, hands down! Though, I may be a bit biased, as I've worked at the Grill for the last year and a half. Right behind that are Chez Nous and FIG.

What is your favorite song to jam out to while you create products or look for inspiration? 

Any 90’s hip hop or alternative.

What is your favorite product you offer right now and what was the inspiration behind it/why will people love it? 

The Holy sh*t I love this City tee is currently my favorite shirt. It’s extremely simple but still fun and playful. 

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Make sure you keep an eye on our Instagram so you don’t miss a fun new color Adam’s going to

create just for our store!

Meet Our Makers: Graefic Design Co.
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Are you ready to meet another one of our talented local makers?! Today we are learning a little bit about one of our long time vendors, Graefic Design. We carry their hats, mugs, baseball tees, & more. Read on to hear from their founder Alissa, and she shares how being one of our vendors even led her to develop awesome new friendships!

Website: graeficdesign.com
Instagram: @graeficdesign
Company Founder: Alissa Graef Bankowski

Share a fun fact about your brand or your story/ tell us about your products:

I design all of my products and work with local companies to produce most of them. My cursive CHS logo is actually handwritten by me! I love to incorporate custom touches into each of my products so that you can truly have a unique piece!

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Who is another local maker you admire?

Kelley Wilds of Coastal Kelder. She and I connected via Cannonborough Collective during their one-year photo shoot, and we've been friends ever since! I love how much time and dedication she puts into all of her products and crafts. Each piece she produces is truly one-of-a-kind!

What’s your favorite Charleston Restaurant?

Oh boy, how do I even choose? I think it depends on my mood (aka I'm always down for some good Mexican), but lately, I've been loving just going to LowTide Brewing and eating all of their delicious food truck options. The food truck scene here in Charleston is unreal, so you can't really go wrong. My two favorites are probably Dough Boys Pizza (their brussel sprout, bacon, honey pizza is insane) and Chicken Fats (try the loaded tots... you're welcome).

What is your favorite song to jam out to while you create products or look for inspiration?

Again, depends on my mood. I could go all out with 90's Hip Hop, or on the other side of the spectrum, I could totally get into a groove with music from Van Morrison and Ray LaMontagne.

What is your favorite product you offer right now and why will people love it?

Oooh, this is a tough one! I'm LOVING the new distressed Riley Caps. The colors are perfect for this year and they have my handwritten CHS logo on the front. I also really love our Magnolia mugs! We're gearing up to offer custom vinyl on the back of them so you can rep your love for Charleston while also personalizing it and making it truly unique!

Stop by our shop soon to check out all of our fabulous Graefic Design products!

Mimi Striplin
Meet Our Makers: Abby Murphy Photography
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Today we are thrilled to introduce you to Abby Murphy of Abby Murphy Photography, who is one of our talented local artist we carry. We now sell her fine art photography, so come by to have a look at it!

Company Founder: Abby Murphy

Abby’s website: www.abbymurphyphoto.com/shop

Abby’s Instagram: @abbymurphyphoto

Abby, share a fun fact about your brand or your story/ tell us about your products: 

I created this collection when I first moved to Charleston and was totally falling in love with the city. I photographed these on a medium format film Hasselblad camera, which is an incredibly beautiful and mechanical Swedish camera. Shooting film slows down the process of composing and creating my images much more than digital, plus I love the soft way it captures light. I don’t shoot film much for my client projects, so I started my print shop to share my love of film photography and Charleston with everyone! 

Who is another local maker you admire?

My friend Julie of For Heaven Bakes makes INCREDIBLE 3D cakes! Seriously, look her up and you will be blown away.

What’s your favorite Charleston Restaurant? 

My go-to for dinner is always Leon’s! 

What is your favorite song to jam out to while you create products or look for inspiration?  

My favorite band is Tennis and I’m always jamming to their song “Never Work for Free.” I listen to them every single day!


What is your favorite product you offer right now and what was the inspiration behind it/why will people love it? 

My favorite photo in the shop is 1 East Battery. I love the details on the house, the glowy sunset light, and the palm tree! The neutral colors work in anyone’s space, and it looks amazing framed in either white or black!

Aren’t Abby’s photographs beautiful?! Come by soon to shop them in person!