Early on when we began designing and making our goods for Three Potato Four ,we realized how much of an impact we could have if we sought out and worked with local manufacturers, small businesses and makers here in the US. It has been rewarding to be able to work with the small factory that makes our pennants, the woodworker that makes our signs, the sign-painter who always has new ideas, the craftsman that hand-punches our leather, the small business that produces our key-tags, our local Philly screen-printers and our city-series artist/go-to designer that has since become our good friend. Each time we conceive and design a new product we are thankful to have this network of small businesses and are happy we can create goods that are proudly made in the USA.
Places like these should be kept secret but this place is too good not to share. We just returned from a short trip from a place six miles outside Milford, PA called Dwarfskill Lodge. The 575 acres of Dwarfskill Lodge once was a hunting club founded in the 192os, on it sits three cabins, a running stream/river where trout are plentiful, rows and rows of pines and abundant wildlife. Sean Strub, owns this magical land – Dwarfskill Preserve and also owns the beautifully restored Hotel Fauchere in town. He showed us around the camp when we arrived telling us about the history of the place and informing us of wildlife we may encounter on our stay. The cabins are cozy and vary in sizes. The Lodge, the Caretakers Cottage and the Loveshack. Much to our happiness each one is decorated with many beautifully chosen antiques and art pieces. It is a private peaceful place.
Our days consisted of hikes to the river and into the woods, discovering wild turkey and bear tracks along the snow, fishing for trout along the rivers edge, peeking into outhouses and abandoned buildings like the old chicken coop, gathering forest souvenirs and playing within makeshift teepees in the forest. We cooked our own food in the backyard bonfire we made and only left once during our stay to get bait and milk at the local tackle shop.
It’s 575 acres to roam and explore. A short trip from Philly and even closer to NYC. Please visit this magical place, you will love it. Tell Sean Shrub we sent you.
“I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.
“America, I believe we can build on the progress we’ve made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.
“I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.” – Barack Obama, Nov. 7, 2012 Election night
Election Night, Nov. 7, 2012 (AP Photo/photographed by M. Spencer Green)
First Family, photographed by Annie Leibovitz in 2006
We wanted to share with you an amazing new book just released by Chronicle Books called Mom, Inc. – written by two super creative moms, Meg Mateo Ilasco and Cat Seto. It is an excellent resource that highlights everything that comes with running your own business from how to choose the right business, find clients, write a business plan, launch a blog and a Web site. Mom, Inc. also includes interviews with entrepreneur moms that strive to make it work with insights into how they began their companies.
I was completely honored to be interviewed and included in this book. In these five years of Three Potato Four, I’ve struggled with being a good mom and being a good business owner and partner with Stu. It is truly difficult! But it IS possible and Mom, Inc. is a wonderful inspiring guide to help us along the way.
Happy Mother’s Day! -janet
In our day-to-day buying trips we visit many closed factories, mills and abandoned industrial businesses here in the US. It’s hard to see these beautiful places forgotten, abandoned and unused. It was refreshing to hear about the revitalization of Faribault Woolen Mill Co.
We are inspired by the people who believed in this brand to support and open it up once again and the wonderful impact they are making to this Minnesota community. And, are happily reminded that beautiful products can still be made here in the USA.
We are proud to be stockists of the Faribault brand.
When we first opened our shop at 376 Shurs Lane in Manayunk we were thankfully welcomed warmly by Philadelphia. There became regular faces we would see at every Barn Sale and during weekend hours at the shop. Kate and David are some of our regulars and we enjoyed hearing about the new house they just moved into and how they were slowly settling in – searching for the perfect pieces to make their new house a home. They both have an amazing eye – as it shows in the creative work they do for Anthropologie.
Stu and I were happy to catch the Sneak Peek of their home on Design Sponge this week and even more thrilled to see a few pieces in their home from our shop. See more images of Kate Jordan + David Chanpong’s home here.
I am so excited about this stylish new collection from our friends at Forage – a limited collection of Ladies Bow Ties. The patterns are stunning. At our past spring Barn Sale in March, we were lucky to have Shauna + Stephen set up a pop-up shop of their Forage Bow Ties.
We have a plaid bow tie from their spring collection that Stu and I have been sharing. I wore it to our Barn Sale and Stu wore it to a school dance he and Holly went to. Can’t wait to get my hand on these – I am loving the “Natalie” and of course the “Janet”.