Meet the Makers: A Color Story
Life without color is like life sans puppies or margaritas. Give us all the juicy hues!
That’s why we love these three vendors in our store. They don’t shy away from vivid, rich colors that turn tees, denim jackets and hand-cut leather earrings into pieces of mouth-watering eye candy. Get to know this trio of small businesses that make us smile with joy.
RAMBLE & COMPANY
A little about us: Hi, we’re Ryan and Kathryn Hager! Ramble & Company is a family lifestyle brand creating simple, timeless, quality apparel. Each piece is hand-printed in our brick and mortar studio located in Wichita Falls, Texas. To compliment our brand of apparel, we have a store filled with artisan locally made goods as well as carefully curated brands.
What’s your favorite thing about being a small business owner? The freedom to have my own schedule, work from home, spend time with my kids and go on vacation without asking. We work a ton right now, but at least we have the choice.
Hopes for your business? Growth. We’re excited to start scaling and offering our tees at wholesale.
Currently listening to: Ben Rector
Dream dinner guest: Chip Gaines
Favorite quote: “Do small things with great love,” by Mother Teresa.
Dream vacation destination: Camping at the bottom of the Grand Canyon!
Follow them at: @rambleandcompany
M WOOD DESIGNS
A little about us: Hi, I’m Merrill Wood! My small business started with encouragement from some of my best friends after I made them some leather earrings for Christmas. I had always wanted to find a creative outlet and I soon discovered that making jewelry was my therapy. Our genuine leather earrings are all made in my home in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Hopes for your business in the next three years? I hope in the next three years that M Wood Designs is more than just leather earrings, and hopefully a platform for women to feel and be themselves and find their creative outlet
Beach or mountains? Mountains for sure!
Favorite quote? “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel,” by Maya Angelou.
Follow them at: @mwooddesign
PINK AND SILVER
A little about us: Hi, we’re Kathy Pastora-Burling and Allen Burling! Pink and Silver is a lifestyle bohemian brand that offers handmade clothing using one-of-a-kind vintage fabric or new handpicked small batch fabrics sourced locally and abroad. We are a husband and wife team from Austin, TX.
Hopes for your business? We hope to open a brick and mortar store and expand our wholesale and online business.
Currently listening to: A mix between Blondie and Rock en Español
Dream dinner guest? Kathy: My grandfather would be a dream guest since I have very fond memories of him as a child, but didn’t get to know him as an adult.
Favorite quote: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” by Confucius.
Dream vacation destination: Viti Levu in Fiji
Follow them at: @pinkandsilverfashion
Blackberry Ginger Mule
(Makes one cocktail)
1.5 oz. Maker’s Mark
1 bottle ginger beer
1/4 oz. lemon juice
1 candied ginger strip
Muddle blackberries and strip of candied ginger in shaker
Add Maker’s Mark and lemon juice to shaker and shake until blended
Strain into copper cup over ice
Top with ginger beer to taste
This article is part of an ongoing sponsored series with Maker’s Mark to celebrate makers and shakers we love! Join us November 2nd and 3rd at Dallas Market Center’s North Hall to meet 200+ makers during our seasonal show featuring handmade, vintage and one-of-a-kind lifestyle goods. Maker’s Mark will be on site serving cocktails and hosting free creative workshops with local artists. Skip the line and score your tickets here now!