Category: Small Business

The “I want to buy everything” Crate.

The Apple Crate Natural Market is like every food I have ever dreamed of in one cozy brick & mortar.Seriously, a family owned business that stocks everything from paleo bread and local eggs to sage for smudging and amber teething necklaces. This store is my jam.

Some of my fave coffee mix-ins from The Apple Crate & Cinnamon from Leclair’s

I’m talking every herb/supplement I can think of, Vital Proteins, Siete chips, Kite-hill almond milk cream cheese. Yas.

I instantly fell in love with with this market when I walked through the doors with my then 2 and 3 year old and we were greeted by a warm smile, organic lollipops-

…and that nod of “you got this mama” that we all need when we enter a grocery store with children.

The smell of essential oils and all things good hit me and I knew I found my little corner of Fayetteville.

The variety is impressive but the friendly vibe keeps me coming back. Honestly, I would drop in on a Saturday just to chat with everyone (and probably leave with a basket full because who can resist!!)

Some of my fave products:

  • Epic Provisions Bone Broth
  • Vital Proteins Collagen
  • Kite Hill Chive Almond Milk Cream Cheese
  • Tribucha Kombucha
  • Siete Chips
  • Simple Mills Crackers
  • The fact that they have every herb and supplement you could need
  • Sage for smudging
  • Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups (yassss)
  • Hail Merry anything
  • So much-I don’t know where to draw the line.

Moving means new home, new doc, new hair stylist. Wait. What??

Moving means starting fresh. New home, new doctor, new hair stylist.

Wait. What.

If you’re like me you understand that finding a new hair dresser can be a little stressful. Lets be real. I’ve had my fair share of *they cut far too much off* and *my hair is now orange* and I don’t need any more of that!  I mean, who do I trust to cut, color, and tame this mane? There are some BFF relationships between clients and hairstylists and I’ll let you all in on mine:
Meet Maral. My go to for hair advice (and life advice).
She changed direction and entered the industry because she was so inspired by the creativity and constantly evolving nature of it. She is hungry to constantly learn new techniques and find new inspiration. I like to call her a hair artist because that is what she is. She is a color mix master. When I tell you this lady knows how to transform your hair-that is an understatement. I am always amazed at how she blends colors so well, I could wear my bayalage hair stick straight and the colors would just melt into each other seamlessly. That takes talent.
What I love about Maral is that she’s always trying to better her techniques. Every time I see her she’s trying something new or has new information to tell me. Also, I know she will be 100% honest with me. “No Katlin, I cannot bleach your hair to blonde in one sitting without it being damaged beyond repair.” …ya know, stuff like that. I know without a doubt that I will walk out of the salon happy as can be because she won’t let me do anything crazy or unrealistic with my hair. She also gives me a ton of advice on how to style my hair at home and what products to use-she even makes sure to tell me about the latest organic products she has because she knows that’s my jam. 
Sitting in Maral’s chair you get to watch first hand how inspired she is by what she’s doing and also what an epic multi-tasker she is. I’ve watched her highlight my entire head while giving color advice to multiple co-workers and still asking me about my kids and the latest at CEED. Simply put, she’s a master at her trade, a go to for info, and knows how to hustle. I give her props.
Here is my hair that she lifted from dark red to blonde over the course of months while maintaining the health and length of it!
She is currently working for Kaaral as an educator and plans to break into the education side of the industry more so in the future.  Her enthusiasm when she talks about her ideas and career is contagious. I love to watch her Instagram to see her before and after photos. It truly is incredibly how much she can change a look.
Luckily, this hair guru is now located conveniently downtown at Euphoria Color Salon! #SCORE
If you go see her, tell her I said hi!

Splints & Daisies

28467716_10212166563147467_8831537581198414987_nMy sister Tara is a rock star.Well, she’s a floral designer but, she is an epic one.

She’s also an epic human being.29571398_10211910776989034_5912571465890760500_nIt always feels like stepping into a whimsical world when I enter her home. Unusual pieces placed with intent. Minimalism yet inspiration in every corner. Everything has a purpose, or its loved in some way. The environment she creates around herself stems from her innate need to create and translates into her business seamlessly. She doesn’t just make art-she lives it. Of course, she would tell me it isn’t minimalism…she just doesn’t keep a bunch of junk laying around 😉 That’s legit. IMG_4642Tara built her business from the ground up over years of dedication and her natural passion for nature. She is now an extremely successful, in demand floral designer based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

She’s truly an artist.24232858_10211027365824307_2686477697218946099_nIf you let her have fun, be creative, and do her thing-you will be amazed at the outcome.Her design style is unparalleled. She isn’t afraid to play-play with colors, textures, shapes, you name it. Her personality pops out of the vases she fills, installations she hangs from wooden beams, and gowns made of blossoms. Nothing is off limits. Her quirkiness shines through her odd vessels and the personality of her creations. She has a thought, brings it to life, and makes it flow.

Collaboration is a key component of her business that stands out to me. She collaborates regularly with photographers, models, venues, and other floral designers to create breath-taking content. To see some of the top creatives in a community come together and produce magic is just as inspiring as the photos themselves.Tara has always been very ethical in everything she does. She has always attempted to source her flowers locally and is efficient with her resources. She’s never been one to shy away from some extra work if it means doing things the right way-that is, right for the environment and others.On a sister level, Tara shares my exact humor and putting us in close vicinity is sure to produce rolling belly laughs and artistic adventures.She taught Sigorney Weaver to make baskets-and she sat in my kitchen and she taught me too. She’s just this total anomaly floating around her humble home, feeding goats and playing in the dirt. She’s the only person I know who would fill my entire bathroom with flowers, drag an entire tree into her floral studio because “it could look cool“, create gowns out of blossoms, and then go home to cook and feed her dog and work in her yard. She’s the bees knees. Rock on big sis. 11009882_10204027438270493_2856154975623686048_nYou can follow her on Instagram @Splintsanddaisies to see her breath-taking photos and also check out her website she does a wide variety of work including weddings, arrangements, holiday decor, and some crazy, upside down, abstract stuff if that is your thing! *mic drop*