Volume 15: October 2017
A roundup of updates, inspiration, and community happenings.
You’re Invited to
The Market at Pinewood Forrest
Fresh, local produce. Handheld treats. Custom crafted goods. Demos, tastings, and storytelling. Come experience it all starting on October 28th and learn more about some of the vendors below.
The year-round food and artisan market begins on October 28th, where 50 farmers, chefs, and makers will be showcasing their goods on site at Pinewood Forrest. The opening weekend also includes professional storytelling, Mercier Orchards hosting a bobbing for apples stand, fruit and vegetable carving demos, and a live Halloween ice sculpture exhibition.
We spoke with three vendors attending The Market. Get to know them below. And, for more information including times and a full list of vendors, be sure to visit the event page on Facebook.
Sometimes, you discover your passion later in life or at an unexpected moment. And, as Rich Brown explains, the reason you keep working at it often has nothing to do with the product itself.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself and your craft.
Rich: The name of my business is Pottery32 because I started when I was 32 years old. The funny thing with me … I really didn’t have a desire to do art before. When I moved down to Georgia I just got involved in art. Later in life.
My pottery started when I saw a man create a mug on YouTube and I thought that was so mesmerizing and I said, “You know what? I want to be able to do that too.” But I always had, I guess, a little knack for art. I learned art at a studio in Decatur. I didn’t go to college for it. Just started by taking a class. I just fell in love with it. It’s a part of my daily life.
Q: What’s the best compliment you’ve received on your work?
Rich: The best thing that I hear is, “We use your mug every morning. I eat cereal out of your bowl every morning.” I’m a part of people’s conversations every day of the week. I’m at the dinner table. I want my art to be used in daily life. I don’t want my stuff to be hanging on walls and just being displayed.
Q: What do you love so much about it? Why are you so passionate about pottery itself?
Rich: It’s such a challenge, I’ll never master it because there’s always something new to learn. The person who taught me said, “It’s like athletics. It’s muscle memory and you can just continue to get better.”
And with pottery no matter what, every time I open the kiln it’s a surprise. Weather can change the color, just where you got your product can change the color. You don’t know what you’re going to get. It can be a disappointment, I could be overjoyed. Always an element of surprise.
Q: The people that love your product or tell you, “I use your mug every day,” what would they say makes your product special or unique?
Rich: I don’t even know if it’s my product. I’m just about the community. I make stuff for people. When I think about pottery, a bowl is a bowl to me. I think the person behind it and how you care about the people that your product goes out to, I think that matters more than the actual bowl itself.
Q: If someone’s thinking about following their passion or their creative passion and going off and even starting a business, what would you tell them?
Rich: I would tell them to work. A lot of people think that it can come overnight and a lot of people tell me I’m good and I’m a natural and I’m like, “No, I don’t watch football on Sundays, I’m doing pottery.” This is my life. So if you want to start a business just take the time, and work at your product, try to master your craft. It’s not a fly by night thing.
People say I’m creative. I think everybody’s creative, you just have to find what you’re good at and be willing to work at what you’re good at. It’s just, I guess a labor of love.
A handcrafted mug created by Rich Brown
It’s only been 6 months since Lisa Roiret decided to make Lisa’s Creperie into a full-blown business, but her passion for French crepes started at a young age.
Q: Tell us about your background and how the idea for Lisa’s Creperie came about.
Lisa: I moved from France when I was seven. I have tried crepes in the US since I lived here. Every time I’d see a crepe place, I’d go, I’d try it, and they’re always thick and flimsy. They’re supposed to be thin and crispy, and I have not found a real, authentic crepe like they are anywhere in France. So I just decided I have to do it because people have to experience these crepes, if you can’t actually go to Paris.
It’s a veteran-owned business. I got out of the military in March of last year. I started making crepes in the Navy just to raise money for our Christmas parties, and people absolutely loved them. So when I got out of the Navy, I decided to start making this a full-blown business.
Q: Why do you love doing what you do?
Lisa: I’m French in origin, so I just love great food, and I’m happy to share all this great food with everybody else. I just want everyone to taste the real French crepe, and it makes me happy to see the enthusiasm I get.
Q: What would your customers say makes your crepes unique?
Lisa: They love that they’re jam-packed with flavor, and they’re very thin and crispy. They’re just that authentic French taste. It’s also the entertainment of seeing them being made. Just the art of making the crepe is very entertaining to watch.
Q: What advice would you give to others that are thinking about pursuing their creative passion?
Lisa: It’s definitely rewarding, but it’s time-consuming. You really have to be passionate about whatever it is that you’re doing and have fun with it, and it’s an investment for the long run, but it definitely will pay off. It’s important to get enjoyment out of whatever it is you’re passionate about … if it’s food, if it’s art… and getting to share your creativity with everybody else.
Maker & Farmer Spotlight
Country Junction Soaps
From raising the goats on the family farm to making and packaging every product by hand, the mother-daughter team of Country Junction Soaps is involved in every step of creating their all natural products.
Q: Tell us a little about you, your background, and your business.
Sandy: Our farm is nine miles south of Senoia. We make goat’s milk soaps and body products. Body butters, aloe creams, lip balms, they’re all natural. I would rather make a pure product that is paraben-free and natural and not have to put those preservatives in it.
My daughter and I have been doing this for approximately 10 years. We had the farm and we had done all kinds of things on the farm, but 10 years ago, when my grandson was three, he had eczema really bad. So I started doing research on goat’s milk and soap to help eczema. I milked our goats, made it. It cured his eczema, and then it was just one thing after another, it grew further and further.
One day, my daughter and I just decided we need to be partners and go full force. We tell people that I milk the goats, make the products, and then it goes to her. She does the packaging. She makes it pretty. I can’t tie a bow, and she can’t milk a goat.
The mother-daughter team of Country Junction
Q: What makes your products unique?
Sandy: The goat’s milk is the key. It’s the same pH as our pH. So when you’re using it, it helps to balance your skin whether you’re oily or dry. You’re getting away from all chemicals. We tell people what goes on your skin goes into your body. So you want to put good things on it. The soap comes strictly from all our milk. We don’t dilute it. A lot of people making goat’s milk soap, they’re diluting the milk down. We don’t do that. You’re getting 100% benefit from the milk.
Q: If you were to sum up why you love what you make and what you do, what would you say?
Sandy: You know, it is very, very fulfilling. I mean, we have people that thank us all the time for doing this, for making the products. They’re hooked on it. So we love the people that we deal with, our customers. We love what we do. It’s just nice to be doing something that people appreciate. It energizes you to keep doing what you’re doing.
Q: If someone’s thinking about following their creative passion and starting a business, what advice would you give them, or what would you tell them?
Sandy: Take baby steps. If you’re passionate about it, just stick with it. We just keep going, and it keeps getting better and better and better.
I can’t imagine not doing it. It’s a passion, and a passion doesn’t go away.
Cutting Edge Connectivity
Last week, Pinewood Forrest announced a partnership with Comcast that will enable every resident living in a home or townhome to surf the Web at lightning fast 1-gigabit speeds.
Not only will the 1-gigabit connectivity be offered for free to every homeowner for the first year, but residents and guests will be able to enjoy phenomenal 10GB connectivity in Village Square and complimentary wifi in most of the outdoor public spaces such as parks and trails so you can stay connected while enjoying the green space.
How does the 1-gigabit speed translate to your everyday life? Check out the stats below.
Over 50% of the Pinewood Forrest community is devoted to parks and green space and every home is located within a block of a park.
Groundbreaking landscaping and park designs are one part of what makes our community special.
The first park to be completed will be Cherry Tree Park in the next 4-5 weeks, where a canopy of cherry trees will encircle the green space while a pond provides a quiet place to relax.
The latest designs for four of the parks at Pinewood Forrest can be seen below. Stay tuned for additional details on Central Park and other amenities in the coming weeks.