When I first saw Pocket Produce on Instagram, I was more excited that they were brand new, than what their mission was.   However, soon after I found out about their mission I fell in love.   Eat Awesome. Be Awesome. I was amazed when we got to visit and get a sneak peak of Pocket Produce, but I was more blown away by their story, and even more so by Natalie’s spirit.   We instantly connected over our past Social Work careers as well as our spiritual understandings.  Because, food can be a spiritual process.  And it is for Natalie.  Food has been this spiritual thing for her ever...

Sometimes you come in contact with someone, and you just know you're going to hit it off--which is exactly what happened with Jessica. I'm pretty sure it was her positive attitude and the fact that she is very passionate and proud of her business--Music Palette. After exchanging a few emails and finally reaching our phone interview, I found out I actually knew her through friends of my family. See, I knew I liked her! What's even better is her business. Behind every great business is a great owner. Jessica has literally put her love--and sweat--into this business. She's remodeled it--with a little bit of help from her brother Jason, who...

Are you like me-- and love all things local?  I'm kind of obsessed.   Homemade salsas, syrups, keychains, soaps, beer.  You name it.  You can find it at Celebrate Local.  When they first arrived at Easton, the shop started out relatively small, but now they have moved locations beside Panera Bread and have a much bigger layout (as well as way more products). When you enter the store...

I’ve worked in marketing for years, and like many working moms understand, the nightly grind gets tough. You get home from work and as soon as you walk in, the kids ask what’s for dinner. You change your clothes, try to dig something out of the fridge to make, cook, and then by the time you sit down to eat, the kids are getting up because they’re done. And you’re left with a pile of dishes. I was busy, exhausted, and looking to take something off my plate. I don’t enjoy cooking. I know some people make it look romantic, but that’s not what it...

My name is Dayana and I work alongside my mom creating stylish and practical handmade aprons for men, women, and kids.  I come from a family of makers.  My mother is a self taught professional seamstress with over 30 years of experience and my dad is a professional handbag and shoe designer with over 36 years of experience designing and sewing fabric and leather. I believe, I was born with an innate desire to create, and I learned most of what I know from my parents. They taught me a love for handmade products and sewing, and using my passion as a stress reliever. I created DayluDesigns in 2013, but it wasn't until 2015, when...

My name is Sonia LaRue and I am one of the co-owners of Azia Rug Gallery. Azia Rug Gallery was founded originally in Europe by my dad, Bruce Saberi, nearly 50 years ago.  Selling rugs was a way to pay for College and also a way to share his native country’s art with the West.  After receiving a Master’s Degree in Engineering and Math, he went to work for Volkswagen and Audi, but his passion for rugs drove him to pursuit his hobby as a career instead.  He opened up his first rug store in Germany and became very successful, but after I was born, he...

Tricia Grapner is the generous woman behind Canvas Creations for You, where she teaches others to create canvas paintings in a fun, light hearted, and warm atmosphere.  She also does custom paintings among other things--(like her day job!)  But, don't be fooled, she hasn't always been a painter.  In fact, she never went to art school.  Instead, she was a self-taught crafter.  And, it wasn't until eight months ago that she decided to open Canvas Creations. Painting actually started as a therapeutic remedy.  Tricia suffered from depression after experiencing different ups and downs.  Though, that didn't stop her from spreading her generosity.  She felt the need to give back to the community and that's...

  I graduated from Ohio University about 9 years ago with a degree in Retail Merchandising, Sales, and Fine Art, and not a clue what I wanted to do. Luckily, my parents let me live with them for a year or two so I could figure it out. I dabbled in a few different ventures, including t-shirt and home décor design until I stumbled upon jewelry making. I often grew bored with things after doing them for a while, and when that didn’t happen with jewelry making I knew I had found something that I would enjoy for many, many years. I started making a few pieces...