Makers

  • Why Authenticity is Key to Success: Staying On Brand with Honest Mary's

    Why Authenticity is Key to Success: Staying On Brand with Honest Mary's
      Photo compliments of Honest Mary’s True to the spirit of Austin — and CatSpring Living — we love featuring some of our favorite CatSpring Yaupon partners and cheerleaders. Today, we’re excited to share why we love Honest Mary’s so much... and get to the bottom of what has quickly turned them into a local sensation. We sat down with founder Nelson Monteith to talk about building a brand, staying true to your core values,...
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  • A Tea Titan's Journey: 7 Keys to Success

    A Tea Titan's Journey: 7 Keys to Success
    Harney & Sons, the titan of tea, was one of the earliest supporters of CatSpring Yaupon. In the early days, Paul Harney toured our first facility in CatSpring, TX. Our yaupon is now served in their SoHo tea shop, and featured in the “American Buzz” ready-to-drink line. In the ultimate Microsoft- and Amazon-style start-up story, Harney & Sons originated in John Harney’s basement in 1983. Today, it has grown into a global tea distribution company...
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  • Honoring Cultural Traditions with Sweetgrass Trading Co.

    Honoring Cultural Traditions with Sweetgrass Trading Co.
    You share authentic Native American foods, recipes, wellness products, and more. How did the company evolve from the Ho-Chunk trading group and how did the business grow? Photo courtesy of Sweetgrass Trading Co. In 2013, Ho-Chunk Trading Company, a family of companies under Ho-Chunk Inc. identified a need. Authentic Native American products were available across the nation, yet there was not a communal marketplace where all of these products are featured. Instead, it was up...
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  • 7 Things I've Learned with Two Babies: CatSpring Yaupon and a Baby Girl

    7 Things I've Learned with Two Babies: CatSpring Yaupon and a Baby Girl
    Each day with a baby girl and a small business has brought new ideas. Here are seven lessons I’ve learned as a mompreneur.  1.    Grow with the process. I used to think there were non-negotiable aspects of life such as sleep and a clean house. Boy, did this change with Isla. When my husband and I discussed all the shifts, we realized there was greater bandwidth than we thought to handle the changes. This open evaluation...
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