Get To Know: SUN SIGNS' Jeff Williams

Get To Know: SUN SIGNS' Jeff Williams

I headed over to St. Pete for St. Printersburg and the very first face I saw was that of Jeff Williams. His little sign painting info table was the cutest ever and he was so happy about being there and sharing his sign painting know how. I could not resist. I had to ask him…to be on the blog.

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Get To Know: Bethany Mikell

Get To Know: Bethany Mikell

I met Bethany Mikell at the Orlando Museum of Art and her fiber work is glorious. She weaves and creates sumptuous clothing and accessories that are both soft and statement-making. She’s up in Asheville right now, making some new moves and I hope they know what they’ve got. If they don’t, they will soon.

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Get To Know: David Lawrence

Get To Know: David Lawrence

Though I’ve only known David Lawrence for a couple years, I think his youthful vibe has always been a part my life. He has a joyous spirit and a way of capturing people at a moment in their timeline that supersedes how they see themselves. He is a talented photographer and storyteller and if you get the chance to work with him, take it.

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Get To Know: Chris Kernstock

Get To Know: Chris Kernstock

Chris and I have known each other for a while. You may be an admirer of his work and maybe not know it. Have you been to Red Lobster? (P-O-P-C-O-R-N-S-H-R-I-M-P) I love Red Lobster. It was the FANCY restaurant my family went to for birthdays or when my grandparents came to town. Chris works for the brand and the photos he takes may be on your menu, table card, or Insta feed. He’s SO good at what he does and his photo and video skills are moving in a much more forward-facing direction with his YouTube channel.

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Get to know: NOBLE FOLK DESIGN

Get to know: NOBLE FOLK DESIGN

I met Will on Twitter. Do people still meet on Twitter? Will does some of the designs for Biggie’s Deli Fresh Threads shirts. He’s really good at what he does. He doesn’t live in Orlando, but I figured since he’s impacting our community through his design work, it still counts as being part Orlandoan. So, let’s get to know Will Truran a.k.a. Noble Folk Design.

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Get to know: ORLANDOUGH

Get to know: ORLANDOUGH

Liz Doerr is also known as Orlandough. Her Instagram (shout out to another biz that had to underscore) is full of mouth-watering treats to delight and excite. She consistently sells out at every event she's at and believe me there’s a reason. Her doughnuts are some of the best and most coveted in the city. Currently without a brick and mortar, catching up with her is really a game of watching her Instagram feed and checking her calendar. If you miss her, you’re sad about it. Believe me.

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Meet the Maker: Anayansi Jones

Meet the Maker: Anayansi Jones

Amanda Jones is also known by her artist name Anayansi. An Orlando artist and ceramicist from Clearwater, and a graduate of UCF, Orlando is now where she calls home. This month she is curating her first exhibition at Mills Gallery. The show is called TREPIDATION and features artists Peterson Guerrier, PJ Svejda, Jason Littlefield, Ivelisse Perez, Scott White, and Evan Rosato. The opening is from 6-9PM and you may feel feelings if you decide to go. That’s what art does. And these locals are good at making us feel.

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Meet the Maker: Val Rodriguez

Meet the Maker: Val Rodriguez

Val Rodriguez is co-founder of benni. She’s got an incredible take on health and wellness. She and benni co-founder Bryant Joseph both had experienced “toxic relationships with work, food, people and, to an extent, even our sense of self.” They started to explore wellness but realized that “none of the current brands spoke to us because we weren’t typical aspirational wellness customers. We don’t think that feeling good has to feel like punishment and that wellness should be accessible. benni was started as a product for people who see past internet fads and look within themselves for a wellness lifestyle that works for them.”

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Meet the Maker: Hillary LaMountain

Meet the Maker: Hillary LaMountain

Hillary LaMountain is an illustrator based in Orlando. “My work is bright, colorful, filled with sass, and a little morbid, but in like, a cute way. Growing up, I was always obsessed with horror and all things strange, so I love incorporating those themes into my brand.”

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