Meet The Crew

 
RUTH (she / her)
What do you do at the shop: Customer services, packing & shipping, store greeting, goods bagging, Spud petting, and last but not least: randomly pestering Joe.
Preferred morning & evening beverage(s): Hot chai with oat milk for the morn, fizzy water in the eve.
Where were you born & raised: Saigon, Vietnam. 
Favorite tool in the shop: Blackwing Natural pencil. 
Album for a rainy day: Umm… Pandora made this Rainy Day Soundtrack playlist for me?..Kinda jazzy. Or I put on Bob Moses or Lo-Fi Chill. I’m a millennial whadoyamean “album”???
Local bar & / or restaurant recommendations: Oh goodness I have a whole list! Ok ok narrowing it down. I can eat at Khao Moo Dang or Kinboshi Ramen every day! Rontoms is currently my go-to for cocktails. 
Favorite color of waxed canvas: Classic Tan!
Thoughts on mayo: Love it! Especially the homemade kind.
Hobbies / crafts / activities outside of SJ: What’s that?… Do reading, snacking, and napping count?
  
   
HOLLY (she / her)
What do you do at the shop: I help run the customer service dept. which includes answering those emails we get from our amazing customers. I also run the retail shop so I get to actually interact with real live people that come in and want to look at our different products and wears. I help with the shipping of those said items to folx all over the world. I love people. I say it all the time. 
Preferred morning & evening beverage(s): AM Bev: Coffee, black. Half a cup at a time so that I can finish it before it gets cold. Also Jasmine Silver Tip tea. PM Bev: Water. But some days I enjoy one can of Buoy Pilsner then some dry white wine. Half a glass at a time so that it doesn’t get warm before I have the chance to drink it. Rainer on those days at work that get long and I just need to crack a cold one. 
Where were you born & raised: Born in Richmond, VA. Raised in Ft. Collins, CO and Lincoln, NE. 
Favorite tool in the shop: It's a tie between the toaster oven and Joe.
Album for a rainy day: Valerie June - 'The Order Of Time'
Local bar & / or restaurant recommendations: Tusk. Get the hummus. 
Favorite color of waxed canvas: Navy! Hands down the most gorgeous color of waxed canvas. 
Thoughts on mayo: A little bit goes a long way. Ojai Cook Organic Mayo. 
Hobbies / crafts / activities outside of SJ: I enjoy sewing a bit, redesigning interior living spaces, hanging with my teenagers, walking the pup, and road trips to all the amazing PNW places (usually centered around food and drink!).
   
   
JEANINE (she / her)
What do you do at the shop: Sew fabric things
Preferred morning & evening beverage(s): Morning: black coffee or espresso with a spoon of foamy milk. Evening: something boozy, but it changes day to day.
Where were you born & raised: Portland baby!
Favorite tool in the shop: Our button holer. It’s loud as hell and old as the grave, so using it is like communing with angry spirits but it produces gorgeous corded buttonholes.
Album for a rainy day: Ella Fitzgerald
Local bar & / or restaurant recommendations: Everyone in the shop knows already; I adore Division Wines. Close by, amazing selection, lovely staff.
Favorite color of waxed canvas: Pink
Thoughts on mayo: Ew. Aioli is the only palatable branch of that family.
Hobbies / crafts / activities outside of SJ: Being human. Sometimes I knit.
   
   
SADIE (she / her)
What do you do at the shop: Seamstress
Preferred morning & evening beverage(s): Morning- cold brew. Evening- chamomile tea with milk and honey
Where were you born & raised: Born in New Haven, CT, raised in Naples, FL
Favorite tool in the shop: Binding machine because it has a such a smooth rhythm as the fabric feeds though
Album for a rainy day: (this q is so hard since it rains so much here any favorite album is a rainy day album haha) Overcast/light rain- The Cure 'Disintegration'. Thunderstorm- Yves Tumor 'Heaven To A Tortured Mind'. Foggy- My Bloody Valentine 'mbv'
Local bar & / or restaurant recommendations: Rose VL
Favorite color of waxed canvas: Olive green
Thoughts on mayo: Not a big fan, prefer aioli in most circumstances
Hobbies / crafts / activities outside of SJ: Sewing, thrifting, oil painting  
       
   
JOE (he / him)
What do you do at the shop: I mostly just take shit from Holly. I also make belts and occasionally I'll make some other leather stuff.
Preferred morning & evening beverage(s): Black coffee & light beer.
Where were you born & raised: Born in Great Falls, Montana & raised in Ontario, Oregon.
Favorite tool in the shop: Toss up between the polishing lathe and the punchin' stump.
Album for a rainy day: Beck, 'Morning Phase'
Local bar & / or restaurant recommendations: It hurts my heart too much remembering the care free days of dive bars.
Favorite color of waxed canvas: Brown
Thoughts on mayo: *insert gagging noise/motion here*
Hobbies / crafts / activities outside of SJ: Drawing, woodworking, projects around the house, record collecting.
  
   
AMANDA (she / her)
What do you do at the shop: At the moment I’m mostly hanging around the kick presses putting in snaps but I’m bouncing around learning a little bit of everything. There’s soooo much work and an incredible amount of knowledge that goes into crafting these products. I’m grateful to my coworkers for sharing their skills with me!
Preferred morning & evening beverage(s): Hot coffee for the AM. Cold coffee for the PM and water all day.
Where were you born & raised: Born and raised in Lebanon, PA but Philadelphia is where I ‘grew up’.
Favorite tool in the shop: There’s hundreds of tools in here! So far I’m loving the rivet setters. It’s really satisfying and not as intimidating as some of the other tools.
Album for a rainy day: Depends on my mood but lately I’ve been loving- Mattiel’s self titled album, 'Wake the Dreamers' by Shelley Short & the Sure Shots, 'Victim of Love' by Charles Bradley, 'Welcome to Hard Times' from Charley Crockett, and of course Dolly, rain or shine.
Local bar & / or restaurant recommendations: ThunderBird has the best Burgers and mezcal cocktails, Sapphire Hotel for cocktails, and Kind Coffee Cart for the best (and cheapest) breakfast sandwiches in town.
Favorite color of waxed canvas: Do they make it in a dark lavender?
Thoughts on mayo: Flavorless gelatinous goo? No thank you! Though I am fascinated by what Hellmans and Jell-O were able to accomplish together in America’s kitchens in the 60's. If you don’t know what I’m talking about google ‘tuna salad mold’.
Hobbies / crafts / activities outside of SJ: Playing board games or snuggling up with my kiddo is by far my favorite activity outside of work. I also enjoy yard work, simple weaving when I have the time and being by a river or lake as much as possible in the summer months.
   
   
ELLEN (she / her)
What do you do at the shop: Timekeeping, organizing, herding, wrangling (sometimes known as 'Operations Manager')
Preferred morning & evening beverage(s): Always coffee in the morning; wine, tea, or more coffee in the evening
Where were you born & raised: Born in Ohio, primarily raised in Oregon
Favorite tool in the shop: Either the darning machine or google sheets
Album for a rainy day: Any of Grouper's albums
Local bar & / or restaurant recommendations: Love any ol' dive, current fav is B Side and Hungry Tiger. La Sirenita for a breakfast burrito, Olé Olé for a veggie burrito
Favorite color of waxed canvas: Brown
Thoughts on mayo: Best condiment hands down, fight me
Hobbies / crafts / activities outside of SJ: Making art, looking at art, camping, improving sewing & cooking skills, trying to reuse or repurpose all the materials I've accumulated over the years in creative projects to justify saving them for so long....... you know what I mean, right??
   
   
STEVEN (he / him)
What do you do at the shop: Patterns, cutting, sewing, payroll, HR, general planning and shenanigans
Preferred morning & evening beverage(s): AM-Coffee, black with a touch of sugar PM-bourbon or gin cocktail, wine
Where were you born & raised: San Francisco, CA
Favorite tool in the shop: Reece 101 button hole machine
Album for a rainy day: Roberta Flack - 'First Take'
Local bar & / or restaurant recommendations: Laurelhurst Market, Kee's Loaded, Rontoms, Mekha Restaurant, Tamale Boy, People's Pig, Luce
Favorite color of waxed canvas: Tan
Thoughts on mayo: It has its place and time
Hobbies / crafts / activities outside of SJ: Mak’n wearable shit, sailing, remodeling houses
  
   
MIKE (he / him)
What do you do at the shop: Certified curtain repairman
Preferred morning & evening beverage(s): Coffee/beer
Where were you born & raised: New Jersey 
Favorite tool in the shop: Knipex pliers
Album for a rainy day: Bob Dylan - 'Time Out Of Mind'
Local bar & / or restaurant recommendations: Besides the SJ bar? Laurelthirst Pub & Kees Loaded Kitchen 
Favorite color of waxed canvas: OG tan
Thoughts on mayo: How could you even think of asking me this question? Hold the mayo. 
Hobbies / crafts / activities outside of SJ: Hangin with my family and, right now, making patios out of logs. 
    
   
SPUD
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