SPECTRUM WITH ALLYSON SUTTON + JOEL SADLER: 9.18

Allyson Sutton and Joel Sadler are the founders and co-owners of Sightsee, a travel-inspired retail shop + coffee bar nestled in the Elliotborough neighborhood of downtown Charleston.

Sightsee aims to inspire a sense of adventure in everyday life. By blending the energy and community of a cafe with the joy of product discovery, Sightsee introduces you to new finds in a way that breaks traditional retail categorization.

The concept began as a pop-up shop in 2018, making multiple appearances around North and South Carolina. After finding the perfect home at 125 ½ Line Street and gathering tremendous community support through Kickstarter, Sightsee opened its first brick-and-mortar space in September 2019. Since launching, Sightsee has featured 20+ specialty coffee roasters from around the globe, introduced customers to 40+ emerging brands (most of which are sustainable and/or woman-owned), and spotlighted countless local makers and artists through regular events in their space. Most notably, Sightsee is proud to have become a go-to stop for the finest musicians, artists, poets, lawyers, doctors, parents, students, skaters, tinkerers, and business owners in Charleston and beyond.

In addition to running Sightsee, Allyson and Joel are also the co-founders of Huskwell, a specialty cascara importing business, and Playswell & Co., a creative consulting firm.

Photo by Ryan Belk

UNDERDOG WITH KATE MARCH: 7.24.20

Kate March is a performance artist, painter, poet, and choreographer. With a Bachelor’s in Dance from Connecticut College and a Master’s in Choreography from Middlesex University in London, Kate’s creative practice spans the fine art and commercial realms. She weaves together live performance, visual art, fashion, poetry, and creative technology to produce distinctive experiences and concepts that draw audiences into her outré world. 

Described as immersive, provocative, inclusive, and feminist, Kate explores her artistic voice through live painting performance solos where she creates large scale paintings with her body dancing on the canvas. She has performed around the world and in 2019, she was selected as the guest artist for the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation’s Center for Art & Culture in Portugal for their International Festival of Performative Arts. 

In addition to her solo work, Kate is the founder and creative director of MARCH : an art house dedicated to making edgy, inclusive, and experiential art for diverse audiences; a metaphysical home for feminist creativity. Her poetry collection: Thirst of Pisces, will be published in February 2021. 

Photo by Amaris Photography


1.  What do you love most about what you do? 

I love having the opportunity to inspire, connect with, and move other people by using my artistic voice. When someone feels a strong emotion because of my painting, my poetry, or my movement expression — I feel like I have fulfilled my life purpose.

2. What inspired you and how did you become involved in your current career(s)? 

I’m 35 and have been dancing since I was 3 years old. I was naturally very good and was supported from a young age to really take dance/performance seriously. I can’t really remember a time where art wasn’t a strong aspect of my life. But I do remember choosing between a path in dance or neuroscience in senior year of college and knowing that I had to try the path of being an artist or I would regret it forever. The different iterations of my career path have been inspired by intuitive choices and honoring my creativity no matter how much uncertainty was involved.

3. How do you start your day? 

I’m not a morning person so I can’t start working right away. I have a cup of coffee, big breakfast, and take my dog on an hour long walk before I do anything else.

4. Tell us about your proudest moment or accomplishment. 

In the context of my career: I have so many proud moments; I’ll give you three. The first of my proudest moments was the successful execution of one of my evening length immersive dining concepts:  An Evening of Meat, in London, England for 55 shows. It’s a huge undertaking to successfully produce that many shows and consistently receive positive feedback from a wide audience. My whole team and I really put in so much work to make it one of the best performance concepts I’ve ever created. Secondly, I have had the privilege of performing for so many wonderful audiences including celebrities but one of the most memorable was when I performed for Leonardo DiCaprio in the Maldives for a private event.  Thirdly, this year I received a publication offer for my poetry manuscript: Thirst of Pisces which will make its debut next year in February!

Photo by Amaris Photography


5. Do you have a hidden talent? 

I can run backwards really, really fast. Probably faster than some people sprint in a forward direction lol.

6. Who or what gives you creative inspiration?

Being in nature is my greatest inspiration especially very remote places where you can’t but feel humbled. I also find inspiration when I’m travelling around the world and discovering new places, cultures, traditions, foods, and rituals (or when I used to travel I mean, thanks Covid-19!). Finally, my body and it’s many cycles of  wellness or pain has been a constant source of inspiration.

I’m also inspired by people I would consider renaissance men and women — people who follow their natural curiosity, are always trying to innovate in their fields, and aren’t afraid to look at the universe’s mystery with awe and exploration. (Think Albert Einstein for example - an incredible scientist who also appreciated and valued humanity from all angles including music, art, spirituality, and matters of the heart. I love finding people like this throughout history and being inspired by the connective web of their many interests.)

7. Coffee fuels our morning events. If you’re a coffee drinker, what’s your go-to order? 

Medium Skim latte — pretty boring, but gets the job done!

8. What is your favorite place in Charleston? 

Folly Beach at sunset or early morning.

9. How do you unwind or de-stress? 

True Crime podcasts; reading a ton of books; and having a glass of biodynamic wine with my husband on our porch.

Rapid Fire:

Morning person or night owl? 

Night owl

Summer of winter? 

Autumn

Mountains or beach? 

Beach

Pancakes or waffles? 

Pancakes

Fiction or non-fiction?

Both

Julia Deckman is a self-taught visual artist who fell in love with this city after attending College of Charleston. An Annapolis, Maryland native, she initially worked in administration for several years after moving here, but then made the leap to pursue her passion and build her own business. 

Her inspiration is light and color and her aim is to translate the surprising beauty of everyday moments with her oil paints. She was awarded the 2019 Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year.

We’re so excited to welcome Julia to speak (virtually) to our CreativeMornings community!

1. What do you love most about what you do?

I am completely fulfilled by my career as an artist. I am challenged, excited, and humbled every day. I also feel like little parts of my history (my artwork) live with loved ones, acquaintances, and strangers alike. It’s a huge honor and I’m so grateful.

2. What inspired you and how did you become involved in your current career(s)?

I was feeling completely lost, unfulfilled, and imprisoned by a “9-5”. I realized I have a passion and the drive to pursue it. Past experiences had also revealed that life is short, and I can only rely on myself to create a life I am proud of. So I started to create artwork, to spend all of my spare time and resources working towards building a career as an artist. It has been a long journey, but worth every moment and hardship.

3. How do you start your day?

Too slowly! I am NOT an early riser, but I try to start my day either with some physical activity or some quality time with my animals. Coffee is also a must

4. Tell us about your proudest moment or accomplishment.

Last year I was awarded the Griffith Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year grant, and it was a freaking dream come true. I try not to depend or count on moments of validation, but when they happen, I try and let myself feel all the feels. To be recognized by my creative community is such a way was overwhelmingly wonderful.

5. Do you have a hidden talent?

I can eat WAY too much in one sitting

6. Who or what gives you creative inspiration?

My environment supplies so much of my creative inspiration, so I would say Charleston is my greatest source to date. Light, color, architecture, and shared experiences all inspire me, and this city keeps on giving.

7. Coffee fuels our morning events. If you’re a coffee drinker, what’s your go-to order?

We drink strictly counter culture in our home. During the summer there is nothing better than a Muddy Water’s cold brew.

8. What is your favorite place in Charleston?

Too many to choose from! I’m very obsessed with this town. But here’s a list of a few:

·  Restaurant for sharing: XBB

·  Restaurant for girls night: 167 Raw

·  Bar for cocktails: Belmont

·  Street: Montagu

·  Shop: Artist and Craftsman Uptown

·  Beach: Folly

·  Tourist Trap: Rainbow Row/The Battery

9. How do you unwind or de-stress?

Wine in PJs surrounded by my animals


Rapid Fire:

Morning person or night owl?

Night owl

Summer of winter?

SUMMER

Mountains or beach?

beach

Pancakes or waffles?

Pancakes

Fiction or non-fiction?

Non-fiction

April Magill is the Principal Architect and owner of Root Down Designs, a progressive and forward-thinking design firm dedicated to responsible architecture and building. She founded the small business to bring sustainable and regenerative architecture to the south; inspired by natural building projects from around the world and grounded by the roots and knowledge of her past experience.

We can’t wait to see you all (virtually) on May 15!

1. What do you love most about what you do? 

Helping people achieve their dreams in an often confusing process, and watching the empowerment happen in building workshops and classes

2. What inspired you and how did you become involved in your current career(s)? 

I have always been inspired by natures, it just took me 15 years to figure out how to merge nature and architecture. i am insipred by the notion that we can create shelter through the use of natural materials, and a knowledge base which has existed for thousands of years. i became invovled in my current career 9 years ago when someone in India mentioned the words ‘NATURAL BULDING’ to me; and thus the seed was planted and rooted and already growing.

3. How do you start your day?  

Well, these days in the covid-19 style, it’s a bit different than in the real world where i have a 6 and a 4 year old who has to get to school on time. these days i start with coffee and headstands.

4. Tell us about your proudest moment or accomplishment. 

Each time a community-building project comes together

5. Do you have a hidden talent? P

hotography and (sort of) playing my fiddle

6. Who or what gives you creative inspiration? 

All of my natural building artisan colleagues (especially the women) around the world who are doing incredible, beautiful, work

7. Coffee fuels our morning events. If you’re a coffee drinker, what’s your go-to order? 

Drip coffee, black

8. What is your favorite place in Charleston? 

Hampton Park

9. How do you unwind or de-stress? 

Hot baths, quietness. i’m an introvert, so just give me a quiet space and i’m good.

Rapid Fire:

Morning person or night owl? 

morning

Summer of winter? 

spring….ok, summer

Mountains or beach? 

mountains

Pancakes or waffles? 

waffles

Fiction or non-fiction? 

non-fiction

Identity with Greer Gilchrist: 3.6.20

Chef Greer Gilchrist is co-owner of The Harbinger Cafe & Bakery, in the North Central area of the city, and the newly-opened Harken Cafe, in the French Quarter. A pastry chef, Greer will also be sharing her talents at the 2020 Charleston Wine + Food Festival - which we’re kicking off at our Creative Mornings event!

We can’t wait for you to hear Greer’s story, and learn more about her below:

1. What do you love most about what you do? 

I love interacting with our community and our team every day.

2. What inspired you and how did you become involved in your current career(s)?

I love caring for people and cooking/baking for people is the best way I show it. I spent my whole life expressing my affections through sugar so it was less of an inspiration and more of a natural path

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Greer (left) and her business partner Cameron Neal (right). Photo cred: Ruta Smith


3. How do you start your day?

With the promise of coffee after a bike ride up to work.

4. Tell us about your proudest moment or accomplishment.

When we opened The Harbinger. For so long, even all through the build out, it felt like a dream still. No matter how much we worked on it I could never fully visualize what it would become, it never felt real because it was something I had dreamed of my whole life. So that moment when Cam and I flipped the “Open” sign was incredibly special to me and a very proud moment. And it never gets old. I never forget that feeling. These days I’m not often the one to flip the “Open” sign but when I walk in and the cafe is open, bustling, the team is happy and greeting me - it all goes back to that moment when Cam and I did it and accomplished our first dream.

5. Do you have a hidden talent?

No. I am void of talent. I’m willing to do anything but I’m not good at anything. I’m a great participant. But a poor performer.

6. Who or what gives you creative inspiration?

Everything can be an inspiration. My life, my family, books, movies, traveling, the familiar, the unfamiliar…it’s all around. More important I think is giving your mind the access to inspiration - allowing yourself to see it everywhere and dreaming big enough that you think of something creative, exciting and different.

7. Coffee fuels our morning events. If you’re a coffee drinker, what’s your go-to order?

Black coffee at The Harb or Harken -Methodical has my heart. Through the rest of the day, it’s espresso - the team knows the way to my heart is a shot of espresso and they show up sporadically (or by request) on my prep stations throughout the day.

8. What is your favorite place in Charleston?

My bed. The Harb kitchen. The Terrace Theater.

9. How do you unwind or de-stress?

I try to breathe deeply. When I was younger I let stress and other people’s stress get the best of me, I would work myself up, which is so self-destructive. My Mom worked with me a lot on breath and how to use it to calm down, get perspective and to be pro-active. I use my stress or anxiety now to help fuel me and solve problems, rather than get me down.

Rapid Fire:

Morning person or night owl?
Both - I hate waking up early but I’m productive in the morning, I like to stay up late and get a second wind in the pm.

Summer or winter?
WinterWinterWinter.

Mountains or beach?
Mountains

Pancakes or waffles?
My Dad’s Pancakes from The Joy Of Cooking.

Fiction or non-fiction?
Both - I love ALL literature.

Invest with Gillian Zettler

We’re so excited to welcome Gillian Zettler, Executive Director of Charleston Wine + Food, as our February speaker on the topic of Invest. CHSW+F has been praised as one of the top five wine + food festivals in the country by Forbes Traveler and melds Charleston’s culinary excellence with the world’s most celebrated chefs, winemakers, authors, storytellers, artisans and food enthusiasts. 

Gillian has been at the helm since 2013, and has helped make it into one of the most anticipated events of the year!

We had a chance to chat with Gillian about her job and what powers her.

1. What do you love most about what you do?

My team. While I love the process of planning events, my real passion comes from building and working with my amazing team. Nothing is more inspiring to me than watching people who love what they do, collaborate together. They are an insatiable group of problem solvers and I learn from them each and every day. No two days we spend together are alike and that is because they are always driving towards new goals and lifting each other up. They fill my cup to the brim.

2. What inspired you and how did you become involved in your current career(s)?

My career path has certainly been more of a zig zag - not a straight line. I think I’ve always been inspired by the idea of motivating people to think big. I love dreaming up things that have never been done before and making it my mission to bring my ideas to fruition.

I landed in radio mostly through happenstance after college. My degree was in education and a new Program Director (who quickly became my mentor) gave me a chance to get my feet wet in events. It was all learning by doing and he gave me plenty of space to try things without fear of what would happen if I failed. I try to carry that same philosophy into my leadership style today.

I was head-hunted from my radio gig and did a short stint as a record rep/AR for Universal Music Group. I ultimately decided to be more present for my son, taking the helm as the Event Director for the soon-to-open Children’s Museum in Greenville, SC. I was given a blank slate to design new events for the museum, overhaul fundraising events and write the playbook for event revenue opportunities - eventually selling venue space to euphoria Greenville (a smaller food, wine and music festival).  That sale prompted applying and landing the job as euphoria’s Executive Director for 3 years, which in turn opened the door for my current role in Charleston.

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3. How do you start your day?

With a workout. I teach part time at Charleston Revolution and I’m a card-carrying member of The Works tribe. I’ll begin my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Sarah Frick at the end of the month! I feel like a good sweat gets my mind and body ready to take on whatever comes my way and I try not to start a day without dropping into my body, doing some breath work and a solid dose of good music.

4. Tell us about your proudest moment or accomplishment.

Becoming a mom for the very first time. I was a young mother, having my first child during my sophomore year at Clemson University. Ethan was born over Christmas break on December 23rd, in my home state of Vermont, and came back with me to South Carolina where I was back in school by January 8th. He’s a magical kid - incredibly smart, compassionate, and wise beyond his years. I am almost certain I learn more from him than he learns from me.

5. Do you have a hidden talent?

I sang quite a bit in college and still believe that music is what fills my cup the most. While I don’t make the time to draw as much as I’d like, I love when I do! I Had a portfolio pulled together, was recruited by SCAD, and ultimately decided on a liberal arts path and became a Clemson Tiger.

6. Who or what gives you creative inspiration?

Traveling and actively listening and learning from the stories of others. I try hard to connect with individuals outside of the industry I’m in and firmly believe that we are more alike than we are different. I love to strike up conversations with people I don’t know and love to travel without an itinerary. Getting lost in a different city always leads to a great story, a new connection or something I’ve never experienced before. I’ve never gone on a trip and come home without a fresh idea or inspiration to share with my team.

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7. Coffee fuels our morning events. If you’re a coffee drinker, what’s your go-to order?

At the moment it’s oat milk or coconut milk lattes - cinnamon on top.

8. What is your favorite place in Charleston?

My house. My husband and I take a lot of pride in making our home somewhere that is comfy and cozy. We love spending time together as a family and nothing is better than pulling into my driveway at the end of a long day and being greeted by my daughter. My husband is also an amazing cook and being home usually means he’s made something delicious to share.

9. How do you unwind or de-stress?

A trip to Sullivans Island with my family. We pack lots of great snacks, books, and a bluetooth speaker, and head out to the far end of the island. The only thing that can make an SI beach day better is ending it with a meal at The OD or Home Team. Off season it’s still the best - early morning dog walk (we have two Rhodesian Ridgebacks) and a hot cup of coffee. Nothing says unwind more than the sound of the ocean on Sullivans.


Rapid Fire:

Morning person or night owl?

Morning


Summer or winter?

Neither. Fall! It’s the best.


Mountains or beach?

Mountains (I’m a Vermont girl at heart)


Pancakes or waffles?

Pancakes, specifically, my mother’s :)


Fiction or non-fiction?

Fiction, but I love a good inspirational read or memoir

Corey Alston knows all about our January theme, Roots. He is a fifth-generation sweetgrass basket weaver from Mt. Pleasant and started weaving when he was a teenager. His baskets display a variety of patterns and designs, and he’s even taken the time-honored tradition into the modern world with online design creation and beautiful photography. 

We are proud to feature Corey at this month’s event on January 24th!

1. What do you love most about what you do?

Creating one-of-a-kind pieces.

2. What inspired you and how did you become involved with your current career(s)?

Learning the art from family, it inspired me to do more and get more involved/inventive.

3. How do you start your day?

My mornings start with me waking my daughter up for school, and my first cup of coffee. I drop off my 7th grader to school and then head into work. 

4. Tell us about your proudest moment or accomplishment.

One of my proudest moments was becoming 2018 Artist of the Year.

5. Do you have a hidden talent?

I’m a great father, awesome husband, man of God, and a business man.

6. Who or what gives you creative inspiration?

Realizing my art is rare and the state handcraft of SC.

7. Coffee fuels our morning events. If you’re a coffee drinker, what’s your go-to order?

A double shot of espresso, topped off with coffee, room for sugar and cream.

8. What is your favorite place in Charleston?

Anywhere I can fish at.

9. How do you unwind or destress?

A couple of margaritas, nachos and salsa.


Rapid Fire:

Morning person or night owl?

Morning

Summer or winter?

Summer

Mountains or beach?

Beach

Pancakes or waffles?

Waffles

Fiction or non-fiction?

Non-fiction

Joe Cunningham represents South Carolina’s First Congressional District. The First District encompasses South Carolina’s Lowcountry, including Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Kiawah, and Hilton Head. Joe is a proud father and husband, and is serving his first term in the United States Congress. Prior to his election, Joe was an attorney and an ocean engineer, obtaining a B.S. in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University in 2005 and his J.D. from Northern Kentucky University in 2014.

We are excited to welcome Joe to speak on our November topic, LOST.

1. What do you love most about what you do? The chance to meet and work with all different types of people, businesses, and organizations from across the district and then figuring out ways to craft legislation that makes a real impact back at home. 2. What inspired you and how did you become involved in your current career(s)? I followed the 2016 election very closely and was disappointed with the rhetoric I heard and knew that our country deserved better. I did not want to look back decades down the road and tell my children I did not stand up and fight for common decency and the best of our American values. 3. How do you start your day? In D.C., I’m up at 5:30 am and sometimes do a bit of reading or writing before hitting the gym at 6:30 am where I work out with other members of Congress. I’ve learned it is one of the best ways to get to know folks on the other side of the aisle! At home, I get up at the same time and try to do some writing, but Boone has other plans for me most mornings. 4. Tell us about your proudest moment or accomplishment. Fulfilling the promises I’ve made to people back home. Two big moments come to mind so far – the first being passing our bill to ban offshore drilling. I’m really proud of the amount of Republican support we had for this, back home and in Congress. Arguing the bill on the House floor, in front of the entire House of Representatives was like nothing else I have ever felt. It was like I was taking the voice of folks in the Lowcountry and spilling it right onto the House floor. Also helping pass H.R. 1112, our bipartisan bill that would close the Charleston loophole. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the feeling of standing on the House floor while the votes clicked up to 218, the number you need for a piece of legislation to pass. I looked up and saw Jennifer Pinckney, widow of the late Clementa, who was murdered at Mother Emanuel by a racist who procured his gun through the Charleston loophole. That was a very proud day for me. Do you have a hidden talent? I can mow down half a pack of Double stuff oreos in one sitting. 5. Who or what gives you creative inspiration? I feel it comes in spurts, but I have to get it in the morning. So short answer, caffeine. 6. Coffee fuels our morning events. If you’re a coffee drinker, what’s your go-to order? Pike with splash of half and half. 7. What is your favorite place in Charleston? Kudu coffee. 9. How do you unwind or de-stress? Usually through reading. I do not have much time anymore for recreational reading so I’m always excited to dig into a new book but that is often limited to when I’m on a plane or when Boone is sleeping.
Rapid Fire: morning person or night owl? Morning.
Summer of winter? Summer
Mountains or beach? Beach but I do go back and forth.
Pancakes or waffles? Pancakes
Fiction or non-fiction? Non-fiction

Sarah Frick is founder of The Works, a sweat studio that’s a dynamic blend of powerful vinyasa yoga, meditation, breath work, plyometrics, core, and strength work. Their mission is to go beneath the asana and to help their clients push themselves out of their comfort zone and open up to their own humanness and connectivity by shedding layers of doubt, fear, and resistance.

Our October topic, FLOW, couldn’t be more perfectly suited to Sarah.

Photo by Taylor Jarvis.

1. What do you love most about what you do?  

The connection of the human experience.  Watching people come alive and come apart and come back together.  To not give up on themselves in the hard parts right before the shift. I also love to sweat, hard work, and good beats!

2. What inspired you and how did you become involved in your current career(s)?  

Honestly what inspired me was healing myself from past trauma and the power of personal responsibility is so damn liberating I had to share it.  

3. How do you start your day?  

With caffeine.. haha!  I have 3 kids 5 and under and run a damn empire!

4. Tell us about your proudest moment or accomplishment.  

When my son Waylon was born after the loss of our first daughter.  

5. Do you have a hidden talent?  

I know all the 50 states in alphabetical order and can do it in under 25 seconds.  It’s incredible.

6. Who or what gives you creative inspiration?  

Peoples’ stories of recovery - whether its from grief, addiction, love etc. I am a sucker for reciprocity and the redemptive power of grace.

7. Coffee fuels our morning events. If you’re a coffee drinker, what’s your go-to order?  

Almond milk au lait (which I thought was an ole’ up until a year ago when I went to France - embarrassing)

8. What is your favorite place in Charleston?  

The Works!  Duh.

9. How do you unwind or de-stress?  

Salt water - salty sweat - salty rimmed tequila -  salty tear stained friends faces - if I get all 4 in one sitting its like the perfect fucking storm.

Rapid Fire:

Morning person or night owl?

Morning!  I go to bed at 8pm

Summer or winter?  

Summer

Mountains or beach?

Beach

Fiction or non-fiction?  

I have 3 kids 5 and under… I don’t read anything but ‘where the wild thing are’ … but in my past life non fiction.  I love a good heros’ journey.  

Molly Fienning, co-founder of Babiators, found her first inspiration on a military base in Beaufort, watching kids squinting into the sun while their pilot moms and dads had protective and stylish aviator sunglasses. That company is now worldwide and she’s gone on to co-found Red Clay Hot Sauce, which also rapidly growing (and delicious), Lil’ Bit Lit and Notra Sunglasses.

We’re thrilled to welcome Molly to our September discussion on the topic Muse!

1. What do you love most about what you do?

Absolutely no two days are the same, and I love that. Every day is a crazy and fun entrepreneurial adventure with new challenges to tackle and skillsets to hone. I’d get bored with too much workday routine. 

2. What inspired you and how did you become involved in your current career(s)? 

My husband was a Marine Corps aviator, and we launched “Babiators” to make aviator shades for babies and kids when I was still an active duty military wife. Ten years in, we’ve sold 3+ million pairs and are retailing in 45 countries, including Nordstrom, Sakes, Dillards and Buy Buy Baby. Also, lots of cool press and celeb fans, including Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Garner, the Kardashians, Ellen DeGeneres, Jenna Bush Hager, Gabrielle Union, Sarah Jessica Parker and more.

In addition, I stepped in to play a more active role as CEO of Red Clay Hot Sauce last year, when I saw an opportunity to scale this well-loved Charleston brand (of which I was a silent equity Co-Founder from the beginning) into a national presence shaking up the current, growing hot sauce space. It’s been a cool (spicy!) ride so far. 

3. How do you start your day? 

One of my boys climbs into bed to wake us up. Then coffee, basically right away. Once I’ve gotten the boys ready and out the door to school, I sit down to a few quiet hours of work. I love those early moments when not too many people are trying to reach me yet so I can get any heads-down work finished.

4. Tell us about your proudest moment or accomplishment. 

Becoming a mother is the proudest and most transformative moment of my life. The gravitas of a new lifelong responsibility coupled with pure, unadulterated love you feel for this new Being is like nothing else I’ve known. An immense, intense gift.

5. Do you have a hidden talent? 

Yes, many.

6. Who or what gives you creative inspiration? 

My amazing girlfriends and all their awesome talents, minds and hearts. 

7. Coffee fuels our morning events. If you’re a coffee drinker, what’s your go-to order?

Coffee fuels my morning events as well. ;) I make coffee every day at home with my Bialetti, an Italian stovetop espresso kettle I’ve had for over 10 years. I’m not someone who’s into collecting things—but this is legit one of my favorite possessions. 

8. What is your favorite place in Charleston? 

I love our home and the water. I also love The Ordinary for nights out.

9. How do you unwind or de-stress? 

Ending my day with a walk alone along the Battery in Charleston is my favorite way to de-stress – in between my two boys’ bedtimes, so I can put them both to bed (which is important time with them for me). 

My husband and I leave weekends pretty free for family downtime at the beach or cooking at home, scheduling most social stuff for weeknights instead. I always fit in time with my girlfriends for a glass of wine or yummy meal on a weeknight, where I can leave work pressure behind for a few hours. 

Last but not least, Kundalini Yoga with Alex Seamen keeps me grounded week to week. 


Rapid Fire:

morning person or night owl?
Morning if I’m working, night owl if we’re having fun.

Summer or winter?

Fall

Mountains or beach?
Mountains

Pancakes or waffles?
Scrambled eggs, always.

Fiction or non-fiction?
I need both in my life. 

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