Current Collection's Artisans
web: https://zachandzoe.co/ | IG: @brooklyntea
Founded by husband and wife team Jamila Wright and Tea Sommelier Alfonso Wright, Brooklyn Tea provides over 50 varietals of loose leaf, natural tea in unique blends and flavors. Co-owner Jamila has a background in education and was the former Dean of Students for a Brooklyn-based charter school. Alfonso, a digital marketing professional, also has a passion for education. As part of their mission, Brooklyn Tea provides free expert-level tea education in any community that they serve. Although based in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Tea opened their first tea franchise location in Atlanta this year! We choose three different varietals for you to enjoy, a couple non caffeinated and refreshing teas (since it's still hot here in SoCal) and an Early grey for those that need an extra morning pick me up.
Founder Fawziyya has created a healthy snack to help add some balance to all of our hectic lives. Gwell (which means “better” in Welsh) marries sustenance, flavor, and nutrition in bite-sized snacks that are made to move. Each flavor reflects Fawziyya’s extensive research to target a range of nutritional needs. ENERGIZE contains organic Japanese matcha for a perfect blend of relaxation and alertness. FOCUS is Gwell’s take on a healthy brownie bite and is packed with organic cacao to help you through your afternoon slump. These bite size snacks retain their shape and do not crumble when taken on the go. They are the perfect guilt-free snack for any time of day!
Ulrich "Ubi" Simpson of the San Francisco denim brand UBI-IND has used his eye for fashion to create a unique and classy set of selvedge denim oven mitts, pot holders, pan handle holders, aprons, napkins, and other home-cooking accouterment. Each item is super stylish yet equally durable and will be sure to catch the eye of your guests during the upcoming holiday season. A stylish apron or napkin set also makes a great gift! We're already obsessed with his napkins and aprons and can't wait to use them for guests this upcoming holiday season!
web: https://eatprojectpop.com/ | IG: eatprojectpop
You could say that Chauniqua Major – Louis (or “Major”) fell into Project Pop. Major was a heavy hitter for years in the Florida PR scene overseeing teams at several different firms. It was at one of her PR firms that her boss gifted her a cute air popper. So rather than letting it sit on a shelf, Major started playing around creating new kinds of popcorn flavors for her team. It was during this time that she really developed a love for popcorn. After years in PR, Major thought it was time for a change of career and direction. She initially considered the military (coming from a military family), and starting a juice company with a friend/business partner. It was when her new partner left her mid accelerator that she decided to fall back on what she knew, how to make delicious popcorn.
Her first and most popular flavor still to this day is her OG kettle korn (amazing, we must say!). Major only uses organic ingredients in her popcorn as she wants her nieces to be able to enjoy healthy snacks, but with some fun to them. All her popcorn is made with unrefined coconut oil (which shines through in each bite), non GMO organic kernels, vegan cane sugar and Himalayan pink salt. It’s quite the addictive treat! Not only does Major make snackable popcorn, she also works to give back. One of her leading mottos is “people over profits.” She proudly supports causes like the U.S. Hunger and the National Black Food & Justice Alliance with profits from her business.
Trade Street Jam Co.
Web: tradestjamco.com | IG: @tradestjamco
Ashley Marie Rouse’s career began as a chef for high-end hotels throughout the South and NYC. Despite working long hours in the kitchen cooking for these hotels, she found time to explore her passion project: creating unique handcrafted jams. Trade Street got its start as gifts for family and friends, but folks quickly discovered Ashley’s talent for combining flavors into jams that are more than just jam, and Ashley decided to turn her hobby into a full-time business. These jams can be used as key ingredients for baking, cocktails, sauces, and don’t forget good old PB&J.
We shared Ashley's jams in one of our first boxes, but this time we're bringing her sweet potato biscuit mix to you all, and let us tell you, it's delicious. We baked ours with a meal of black-eyed peas and greens. Whether you decide to have the biscuits with breakfast, lunch or dinner, you cannot go wrong!
Zach & Zoe Honey
web: https://zachandzoe.co/ | IG: @zachandzoehoney
The Johnson family’s beekeeping journey began out of an interest in exploring natural remedies for their son’s seasonal allergies. After finding success with raw honey, the family grew more and more interested in beekeeping. The Johnsons took the leap, and in 2016, began offering their Zach & Zoe raw honey at a local market in New Jersey. In 2020, their honey was recognized as one of “Oprah’s Favorite Things.” Although their business has expanded with over 5 million bees, they still farm out of their home in New Jersey.
We really appreciate a good honey and Zach & Zoe’s does not disappoint. Zach & Zoe offer unique blends including Wildflower Honey with Beetroot, and Wildflower Honey with Matcha. They do not use pesticides and each blend contains 100% pure honey with no additives. Zach & Zoe’s is definitely one of our “Favorite Things” of 2022 and we hope you love it as much as we do!