3 Big-Hearted Makers That Rule

Meet the Makers: Creatively Sustainable Designers

We admire all of the small businesses in our store and shows. But we have extra large heart eyes for those that take their craft to the next level and work towards the greater good whether it be by offering fair living wages to their workers or sourcing materials light on the earth and good for our skin.

These three entrepreneurs do just that: They go the extra mile to ensure their brand is making an impact on its shoppers and world. Learn about these big-hearted makers and how you can help their mission.

You can also meet these rock stars in person November 2nd and 3rd at our biannual fall show featuring 150+ small businesses. Learn more here!

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A little about me: Hi, I’m Diane Nelson and I grew up with an interior designer mother that loved fabric. When I discovered my first flea market, I was soon obsessed with collecting fabric, too. I never wanted to look like other women my age… I liked dressing different! I especially liked having pieces that no one else had. My company offers a mix of unique vintage clothing I collect from around the world as well as breezy dresses I design and construct in America or with local artisans in India, who also help me with my custom textile printing.

What’s your favorite thing about being a small business owner? I work from my studio at home and don’t have to sit in traffic everyday!

Hopes for your business? That I can walk around different cities and see women wearing my dresses!

Something only your bestie knows about you? The hours I work everyday!

Favorite quote: “Go big or go home.”

Dream vacation destination: The Caribbean and Italy for some pure relaxation.

Follow me at: @d.heart.d



A little about us: We sell organic goods for babies and children ages newborn to five years. Why organic? Organic cotton is grown using methods that lessen the impact on the environment and it’s also believed to be softer and easier on the skin – especially tender new skin! Our products include blankets, bibs, burp cloths, washcloths, sensory blocks and adjustable crowns that fit babies and children ages six months and up!

Follow us at: @goodnaturedchild



A little about me: Hi, I’m Jaclyn Dowdle and the owner ofTrove, an ethical clothing company. We design and manufacture women’s apparel with artisan groups in India, Guatemala, Nepal, Cambodia and Rwanda. We ensure everyone is paid a fair wage, operates in safe and healthy work conditions and that the environment is considered in the supply chain.

Hopes for your business? I’d love to be able to provide more artisans with dignified work. We want the world to realize the importance of a living wage and just how much of a difference dignified work in marginalized areas can make to an individual, family and community.

Beach or mountains? Beach. All day, every day.

Dream dinner guest: Iris Abfel. I love her eclectic style and how she has always used fashion as a form of self expression.

Follow me at: @shop_trove

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Maker’s 46 Sour

(Serves two)

• 3 parts Maker’s 46 ® Bourbon
• 1 part fresh lemon juice
• 1 part simple syrup
• 1 dash of Angostura Bitters
• 1 egg white (optional)
• 2 hand-cut ice cube (or regular ice)
• 2 lemon twists
• 2 brandied cherries


• Combine bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, bitters and egg white (if desired) in a shaker.
• Vigorously dry shake.
• Add ice to shaker and continue shaking.
• Strain into a martini glasses.
• Add lemon and brandied cherries for garnish


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!