Concrete Ware for Kitchen + Home
What do you make and how did you start?
Almost 6 years ago, we started with an idea for a concrete ware brand for kitchen + home accessories. This idea came out of necessity while cooking in our own kitchen. Jordan, husband & father to 3 who cooks for the family, wanted some of the most commonly utilized items to be made from what he liked aesthetically. Since his background was in manipulating concrete, Jordan decided to make a Salt Cellar for himself! Once friends showed interested in this & other products we made, we began to design items for sale on-line. Now that we have been able to fine tune our suite of products to reflect how we live & entertain, we have discovered that our proprietary mix of cement can be utilized for so much more... We have started to partner up with other brands & companies creating "private label" products that can be found in offices, restaurants, shops, hotels and homes. Since we first started this company, we have seen how it has evolved over the years. We are excited to see what's next!
What is unique or special about your products?
At first, what made us stand out was that no one was crafting small concrete goods for home use, and it had not yet become fashionable with the everyday marketplace. We were excited to observe the idea of concrete ware become more of a reality in peoples homes and beyond. Today what I think makes us stand out... is that we stand behind our products 100% with a satisfaction guarantee. We believe in our ability to create products that will last a lifetime. We are so honored when a customer takes the time to choose one of our hand-made products to be part of their lifestyle, that we want to assure them of a smooth & successful transaction. We have had competitors along the way, but find treating customer & client relationships with the utmost respect creates a lasting platform in which we can grow & create.
How does the New England region influence your business or products?
Day to day living is where we draw upon for inspiration... We have moved several times over the last 10yrs. restoring & renovating old New England homes on our own. We enjoy the simplicity of good design mixed with pieces that can tell a story. Our very first Salt Cellar sits proudly on our new carrara marble countertops surrounded by a mix of new & timeless accoutrements. But that one piece shows years of patina, years of family meals & gatherings. It's what helps make our house feel more like a home. When we go to dinner parties... we'll discover a house ware being put to use, that would not only look better if we made it, but would in fact be more utilitarian. From this thought, we'll go home & start designing what will later become a prototype before being made. Inspiration can come at anytime from anyplace... you just have to keep your eyes & mind open.
Where are you based?
A couple of years ago, we moved our small workshop to a larger facility during one of the worst winters Maine has seen in recent years. One of the best decisions (and scariest) we ever made. We are now in a restored textile mill building along the Saco River in Biddeford, Maine filled with artists, businesses, restaurants & more. Being a small business owner can lead to a solitary work style most of the time. That is no longer the case as we've been welcomed by other commercial tenants within the building & have formed a relationship with many who have a shared interest in what we do. Our new space allows us to manufacture goods for our own brands, boutique retailers & larger companies. We now have the ability to scale up or down depending on the time of year & business needs. One of the best things about our new workspace, is that we have enough square footage to house our entire operation in one space, from office to manufacturing to our shipping department. Which makes for a streamlined process on a daily basis.