As founder & lead designer at Fricket Design, Heidi Brandewie brings over 20 years of collective design expertise in visual merchandising, trend spotting and anything but conventional creativity . In fact, her signature work has been published in both the Minneapolis St. Paul Home Magazine and Creative Home Magazine.
Whether it's party styling or making one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces...her philosophy remains fairly simple: pretty meets practical (and they live happily ever after).
Before there was Fricket Design, there was just Heidi…a happy go-lucky four year-old nicknamed, “Fricket” with a love for picking flowers, making things pretty and red shoes. Fast forward to now, she still loves making things pretty (and practical) and definitely can’t pass up a good pair of red pumps.
Since its founding in 2012 by Ben Vandenwymelenberg, a college architecture student, WOODCHUCK® has revolutionized the art of mass customization of high-end wooden products. We currently market over 250 unique wooden products (B2C and B2B), but have pioneered advanced processes and technology to rapidly develop infinitely more. Our in-house manufacturing studio enables us to design and produce custom products at any volume at a fraction of the lead-time and cost of current competitors, while maintaining superior design and quality. We have had strong growth in customized personal and corporate gifting. We desire to grow in home and office storage to expand product categories. Our products allow us to showcase our unique, high quality USA made products to customers that appreciate the passion behind our brand. Our mission is radically simple: Bring Nature back to People. Bring Jobs back to America. Bring Quality Products back to Consumers.™
In 2009, Kimberly Senn left a career in advertising and painted three canvases to hang over her baby’s crib - a triptych of a paper airplane soaring away. That baby turned out to be a boy, Kimberly took on a few commissions, and Senn & Sons was born.
Three years later, Senn & Sons expanded to include a second son, in addition to fine art prints, custom growth charts and other super fun products for stylish families. Today, every Senn & Sons project is just as personal as that first one - a sincere wish to bring color, craft, and a breath of fresh design to families and homes everywhere.
Kimberly has also partnered with major national brands like Blue Sky to design calendars and planners for Target stores across the country. Her next collection of planning products will hit Target shelves in July 2016, just in time for back to school.
Senn & Sons is available in boutiques nationwide and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Mpls St. Paul Magazine, Martha Stewart American Made, Design Mom, Beauty Bets, Project Nursery, and PopSugar Moms, among others. Kimberly lives and works in Minneapolis with her husband and those sons, now three- and six-years old.
Nicole Trigger is a Minneapolis tastemaker, adventure-seeker and mom committed to sharing her Twin Cities experiences on her blog and Instagram (@liveandlovemn). After moving to the area in 2013, Nicole became passionate about seeking out the latest and greatest the Twin cities has to offer and documenting her discoveries along the way. In addition to keeping her readers up-to-date on what's happening around town, Nicole launched a line of "Live & Love MN" products in boutiques across the metro this spring.
In 2015, Erin Springer was working as an Account Executive, and pregnant with her first child. When her son "Finn the Fighter" was born 12 weeks premature, Erin and her husband spent 84 days at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. When Finn finally came home they decided it was best for Erin to leave her career and become a stay at home mom. It was always her dream to be a mom and run her own business. It was her husband that encouraged her to follow her dreams and start her company.
She quickly found that being a mom isn’t always a glamorous job, and wanted to create a line that is comfy, functional, washable, yet made you feel cute. She wanted to create clothing that can be paired with your yoga pants on the way to the gym, or dressed up for a night out. All of her designs are based on messages that she would like to put out into the world. They may be funny, encouraging or Biblical but they will always come from a place of faith and positivity, aiming to inspire and spread love.
Erin lives in Minneapolis with her husband and son Finn, who is now a happy healthy rambunctious toddler.
Minne Momma Designs was founded in 2015 on the belief that we should spend our time pursuing what we love. I love being creative! Working on new ideas and watching them come to life - it's like magic! I love tinkering with fonts and challenging myself to think outside the box. My inspiration comes from everywhere from love to life experiences! It started personally with my own family moments and spread to the celebrations of others.
Built on a passion and a determination to create paper goods assured to brighten your day and bring color and craft to life's moments large and small, I opened Minne Momma Designs in 2015 at my kitchen table. Things took off from there. Now in local stores and with an online presence, I have the joy of loving what I do. Local companies professionally print all my paper goods on only the highest quality card stock, envelopes and paper.
I inspect, package and wrap each product myself. Whether purchased online or in a local Minnesota store, means it comes directly from my home to yours. I take great pride in my products and my goal is to have people enjoy them for years to come. The true joy of my business is experiencing the personal connection my art has with my clients through their pictures and feedback.
Wool and Whiskey is a cozy lifestyle brand started in Saint Paul, MN by founder Jessie McShane. She saw a need for quality, warm winter accessories that were soft on the skin and could be worn with your everyday outfit as well as your fall or winter coat. Everything about the cozy collection of handmade warmth offers comfort and simplicity in each piece. Not only is each item hand knit with love by the Wool and Whiskey team but each piece is carefully crafted to last a lifetime.
Kathy Engen and Linda Heath
We're Kathy and Linda, friends, founders of Shift & Spark and authors of gōl: a curated guide for the modern day job hunt.
Our company was formed out of days and nights writing our first book. When we realized we weren't going accept the things that we cannot change, we decided instead we were going to change the things we could no longer accept. That Shift inspired our newly found methodology of think, transform and take off. Shift & Spark was born.
A few months later we published gōl: a curated guide for the modern day job hunt, and we've been in motion ever since. Using gōl as the roadmap to lead you through a journey of self discovery, to easily navigate effective resume writing, networking and interviewing, we're shifting your mindset and sparking new ideas.
As a little girl Sara would play dress up for hours at a time, carefully sorting through her mom and sisters jewelry in order to create the perfect look. She would secretly take apart the jewelry to study the mechanism of design. Mesmerized by the notion that raw material could transition into wearable art, Sara began crafting pieces for herself and her friends. Soon strangers were stopping Sara and wanting to buy the pieces right off of her neck. Encouraged by the interest she had drawn, Sara grew her hobby into a full-blown business while finishing up her senior year at The University of Kansas School of Fine Arts. Her collections are inspired by the constant desire to create something different.
Goldfine Jewelry stretches the boundaries of innovative design in order to create versatility in fashion-forward, yet timeless adornments.
The Goldfine Jewelry handcrafted collections are built on a mission to create the highest quality pieces, designed with passion and incredible attention to detail.
Designer Sara Goldfine was educated in both textile and jewelry design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas. Following her studies, Sara traveled to Paris and Milan, finding inspiration in the avant-garde fashion cultures.
She began creating one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and selling to boutiques in Miami (where she resided post graduation) as well as her hometown, Minneapolis. Within a year, Sara moved cross-country to Los Angeles where she launched SBG Designs, now Goldfine Jewelry. The collection instantly attracted celebrities, national publications, and boutiques through the nation.
Since the launch of SBG Designs almost 10 years ago the landscape has shifted and evolved, we have outgrown our name and website and it is simply time for a change! The most important stuff -- the jewelry -- will remain the same. Though we are saying goodbye to a name that got us this far, it is time to see where Goldfine Jewelry can take us.
Taylor Starkman is the wild, curly-haired designer behind Cherry Rock Design.
In 2013, in search of more meaningful work outside of a longstanding corporate career, Taylor began designing her first pieces of jewelry as a much-needed creative outlet and a way for her to get hands-on with her work. As a self-taught artist with incredible attention to detail, she makes original pieces of jewelry from her White Bear Lake, Minnesota studio focusing on utilization of quality metals, colorful natural stones/minerals, and a variety of techniques.
In July, 2016 Cherry Rock Design was officially launched with an inspiration geared toward the urban boho and has garnered a loyal following in Minnesota and beyond. These days, Taylor is designing new pieces weekly for boutiques, shows, and her incredible customer base. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time outside or on the lake with her husband, 2 year old son, George, and yellow lab, Layla.
Realia by jen designer Jen Scheffler has always had a love for fashion and photography. Her world travels have cultivated her ability to find beauty wherever she goes and to appreciate a variety of art forms. realia launched in 2008. As an artist Jen’s style is ever-evolving, and her creations vary greatly from classic simplicity to an eclectic mix of fine metals and found objects. In her studio she is both an imaginative inventor and a pragmatic realist, reaching a balance to create pieces of jewelry that will make the wearer fall in love at first sight!
In addition to her design work, Jen is a frequent guest style expert on Twin Cities Live and has also been a guest fashion expert on the Hallmark Channel. Each hand made piece of jewelry portrays a timeless look suitable for women of all ages. Jen travels the globe to keep her finger on the pulse of fashion and what's trending.
Sharon makes the everyday extraordinary. From handcrafted totes and storage buckets to DIY tips and recipes, she helps people create spaces where they can be calm, organized, and creative.
Family is the foundation for Sharon’s life and business. As a busy wife and mother of three daughters, she leveraged her organizational skills to carve out quality time with her family. Living on one income for years helped her master the arts of being frugal and resourceful, essential skills for an entrepreneur.
In 2007, Sharon began making tote bags from green bean coffee sacks, which not only became her first product, but also her company name, ShaggyBaggy. In 2008, she opened her successful Etsy shop. She expanded her line with handbags and totes made from home decor remnants, vintage fabrics, and seed sacks; and buckets and wristlets made from outdoor fabrics, quilters cotton, linen, and duck cloth. In 2016, Sharon added a line of kitchen linens.
Sharon draws her inspiration from her Grandma and Grandpa Olson. She does this by creating high quality work paired with old-world craftsmanship. This continues to shape Sharon’s approach to her creative work.
Now empty nesters, Sharon and her husband Steve enjoy cheering on Minnesota sports teams, both college and professional, and touring local craft breweries. Sharon also enjoys a great cup of coffee, her local library, walking, and yoga.