Jules & Statoya: What Do We Actually Do?, Taking A Product To Market, And Getting Sh!t Done

Jules & Statoya: What Do We Actually Do?, Taking A Product To Market, And Getting Sh!t Done

We get the question all the time… “What do you guys actually do??” Which is a great question! So, we decided to record an episode to put an end to the mystery and we tell all – the celebrations, the hardships, and everything in between. If you’re interested, well, then this is the episode for you. Happy listening!

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HARRISON BLACKFORD: Doing What You Never Thought You’d Do As A Career, Changing Scenery For Inspiration, And Infusing Your Personality Into Your Art

HARRISON BLACKFORD: Doing What You Never Thought You’d Do As A Career, Changing Scenery For Inspiration, And Infusing Your Personality Into Your Art

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Harrison Blackford never thought she’d become an artist for a living. Growing up in Spartanburg, SC, she always appreciated art, even as a young girl, and went on to study art history as her focus, but it was more an appreciation than actually creating art. After college, she spent time in DC working with politicians, and during her down time, she found herself painting and then selling her art. People saw it and loved it. After moving back to Spartanburg, she entered five of her paintings in a local art show and sold them all. This is when she knew she could make a living from her talents. Now she is a highly respected artist in downtown Charleston, SC at her studio called Harrison Blackford. Her acrylic paintings include architecture, natural life, and landscapes and are colorful, vibrant, energetic, and invite the observer to enter in to a cheerful and happy place. What a delight Harrison is. We hope you enjoy this episode!

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MARIE STITT: Honoring & Continuing Your Family Legacy, Marrying Your Italy Crush, And Treating Wine As An Experience

MARIE STITT: Honoring & Continuing Your Family Legacy, Marrying Your Italy Crush, And Treating Wine As An Experience

Marie Stitt came by the food and beverage industry honestly. Originally from Alabama, her Dad and step mom own 3 well-known restaurants in Birmingham, and her mom and step dad were deeply involved in the Charleston culinary scene. Marie spent most of her growing up years in Charleston. Towards the end of college, she began working harvests in Napa and Austria, then headed to Italy to get her Master’s degree in sustainable food systems with Slow Food program. Once her degree was completed, she made her way back to Charleston and joined Grassroots Wine. She is now the Sales Manager for Grassroots, and also co-owns Babas on Cannon, which is an old world cafe right in downtown Charleston, with her husband and brand new 4 month old daughter. Marie is an absolute delight of a human – we love that we get to help share her story!

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JENNI RIDALL: Seeing Food As Art, Walking Your Own Path, And Doing What You Love

JENNI RIDALL: Seeing Food As Art, Walking Your Own Path, And Doing What You Love

Jenni Ridall is as kind as she is smart. After receiving her B.A. in Art History at the University of Virginia, she studied classic French culinary technique and philosophy at Le Cordon Bleu. She went on to get her M.B.A. from the College of Charleston, with a focus on Hospitality Revenue Management. For the past ten years, Jenni has held numerous roles in the culinary industry, including various positions within restaurants, gourmet retail, culinary events, and publishing. She has worked with multiple James Beard award-winning chefs and cookbook authors, including Nathalie Dupree, Mike Lata, Jason Stanhope, and Virginia Willis. All of that gave her rich experience and built her network, but none of it completely fulfilled her passions, until she started her own company a year ago, called TK Test Kitchen. If you need inspiration from a genuinely fantastic person who isn’t afraid to clear her own path and then follow where it may lead, Jenni is your girl and this is a great episode to listen to.

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TIA CLARK: Catching Blue Crabs, Letting the Salt Water Heal Your Soul, And Sharing Your Joy With Others

TIA CLARK: Catching Blue Crabs, Letting the Salt Water Heal Your Soul, And Sharing Your Joy With Others

Tia Clark has one of those stories that absolutely captivates your attention. It’s a story of hardship and healing and personal growth that has resulted in a contagious joy. Tia is a Charleston native and has spent the majority of her life in food and beverage. After realizing she was about to experience her 20 year anniversary of smoking, she decided she didn’t want anything to have that kind of control over her and she quit cold turkey. Not realizing that her immune system was compromised because of the smoking, she had a season of health challenges. She did the hard work of changing her diet and getting on the path to wholeness and healing. When she was invited to go crabbing one day, she had no idea how it would change her life. One year later, she has quit her bar manager job, is the founder of Casual Crabbing with Tia, and was named as one of the world wide top 4 Airbnb Experiences hosts with her business Let’s Go Crabbing. Her business has taken off and she still sees salt water and crabbing as therapy for her soul. Crabbing with Tia is an experience worth doing and her story is a story worth hearing!

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