Priya Narasimhan

Owner: Priya Means Love

"I want people to feel that their bodies are cared for and their senses have been stimulated."

After struggling with her own sensitivities to the chemicals that fill our world and skincare products; Priya set out to develop an apothecary line that would solve problems in a healthy way. She is a scientist, analyzing common skincare concerns and looking for natural solutions to address them. She is also a curator of the senses, wanting us to explore how smell and touch influence the way we feel about our world. 
 

Priya sources her ingredients from specialized providers with organic certifications as well as wild harvesting when possible. She has found that through reading and experimenting she has built a product line that can help everyone. 

Cindy Smith

Owner: Chesapeake Bay Company 

"I love the natural beauty in Maryland and it inspires my painting."

Growing up in Cumberland, Cindy always enjoyed painting and she went to college planning to be an art major. Fast forward a few years, and she found herself with a corporate career, family and relocation to Annapolis. Not one to sit and do nothing, Cindy became drawn to creating artwork out of renewable and recycled materials. Cindy's pieces were well received but she found herself missing the joy of painting. She has created a line of hand painted pottery that showcases the natural beauty of the State she loves. 

Cindy's hope is that the owner of her pieces draws the same joy from owning it that she received while creating it. 

Donna Lashof

Owner: From Donna's Hands

"I want to make fun, handmade pieces that people use in their everyday lives."

For 10 years, Donna has found joy in working with clay, initially wanting to explore a creative outlet and ultimately, deciding to have a new career as a ceramic artist. Her pieces are whimsical in shape and color, giving them an accessible appeal. Her shapes are drawn from nature and inspired by mid-century modern design. She watches how people use everyday objects and models her pieces on shapes and sizes that are familiar. 

She doesn't subscribe to the notion that pottery should sit on a shelf, rather she finds joy in seeing her pieces used, marrying form and function to bring small joys to the everyday task.