Meet the real people we love who make life more beautiful…one step at a time.

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KATIE COLLIER

CREATOR AND CHEF OF KATIE'S PIZZA & PASTA

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MARTIN GOEBEL

WOODWORKER AND FOUNDER OF GOEBEL & CO FURNITURE

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JANNEL THERESE

Fashion blogger oF Street Style Teller

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MATTIE BUSH

Florist AND CREATOR of Amelia's Flower Truck

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DAVID WOLFE

Co-Founder of 
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

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MVSTERMIND

ARTIST AND MUSICIAN

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KATIE COLLIER

Chef Katie Collier talks inspirations, what drives her and the styles that keep her moving.

For Katie Collier, life is about more than simply creating great food. The Midwestern chef and entrepreneur has focused her life’s work around a passion for crafting beautiful moments among family and friends. Known for her modern interpretation of regional Italian cuisine using local, seasonal ingredients, Katie is in her element the minute she walks into her kitchen.

“We want to look back and know that we innovated and changed the way people eat.”

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Phrase to describe your vision:

Impossible craziness

Secret of your craft:

I move quickly.

A tool you can’t live without:

Tongs

The one thing that makes your work possible:

A supportive family

Best way to get inspired:

By taking a walk

Favorite thing to do when you're not creating:

Fishing with my husband

Greatest influence:

My father

Three words that describe you:

Adventurous, visionary and caring

Something that moves you:

Nature

Podcast you’re listening to now:

Ted Talks

Book you've read more than once:

The Silver Spoon

Artist you admire:

My husband, Ted

Your personal playlist:

Van Morrison

Places on your travel bucket list:

Iceland, Copenhagen, Australia, Bali and France

When and where you’re happiest:

With my family

Three words that describe your personal style:

Playful, elegant and feminine

One thing in your closet you can’t live without:

A really good white t-shirt

Advice you would give to your younger self:

Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.

The thing you are most looking forward to:

Launching my new company, Vero Pasto Meal Kit, and seeing how that evolves.

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MARTIN GOEBEL

Designer and woodworker Martin Goebel shares his mission, vision and the things that keep him moving.

The secret to Martin Goebel’s craft? Obsession. The Midwestern entrepreneur and artist’s passion for woodworking is reflected in furniture that is both elegant and simplistic. Using new technology like 3-D printing and traditional techniques, Martin’s pieces are an all-encompassing labor of love. “I’m trying to create an idealized version of the world through my work,” he says. “We create furniture that allows people to have a better life.”

“We create furniture that allows people to have a better life.”

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Best way to stay inspired:

Have a unique experience.

When and where you’re happiest:

In my woodworking shop.

Favorite part of your process:

When the person I’ve been creating for sees the piece of furniture for the first time.

Artist you admire:

Esteban Del Valle

Favorite thing to do when you're not creating:

Cooking

Greatest influence:

My family

Phrase to describe your vision:

Elegance through simplicity

Typical start to your day:

Rolling out of bed and mainlining to coffee

One word that describes you:

Impulsive

One word that describes your personal style:

Simple

Book you’ve read more than once:

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

Your personal playlist:

I’m a huge Johnny Cash fan.

Place on your travel bucket list:

San Sebastián in the Basque country region of France and Spain

Something that moves you:

Meeting other people who’ve done things that I’ve done in a completely different industry.

Advice you would give to your younger self:

Calm down

The thing you are most looking forward to:

Life slowing down

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JANNEL THERESE

Fashion blogger Jannel Therese talks style, 
travel, and trusting yourself.

As creator of the much-followed fashion blog, Street Style Teller, Jannel Therese inspires followers on the regular with her cool-girl style on the streets of New York. Originally a college project, Jannel's blog is now a must-read for thousands of fashionistas and was recently recognized as a finalist in H&M's Breakthrough Fashion Blogger of the Year competition. The fashion it-girl's casual, yet refined style is defined by unexpected pairings, layering, and standout accessories. Jannel not only moonlights as a coffee shop manager and barista, but also travels the world, sharing style tips based on every city's vibe. And through it all, she says the secret to her craft is simple: honesty and trust.

“I feel like no matter how reluctant and nerve-wracking it is to share my thoughts and opinions, I have to trust myself. I love that I am in control of what message and stories I put out there. I can only hope people can relate to what I say and inspire others to express themselves too.”

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Personal playlist:

Jhené Aiko, SZA, Daniel Caesar, Kehlani and Khalid

Tool you can’t live without:

My phone

The one thing that makes your work possible:

The love and support of my family and friends

Typical start to your day:

In a panic, around 4:45 a.m. Dressed in less than 10 minutes and in the car to the train station at 4:52 a.m. to open up a coffee shop in NYC at 6 a.m. My day begins so New Yorkers can begin theirs...with the cup of coffee I serve. When I'm focusing on my blog, I usually shoot, write or create a mood board for inspiration and try to learn the blogosphere a little better than I did. I feel like it's always a learning experience for me.

BEST WAY TO GET INSPIRED:

Surrounding myself with friends

Favorite thing to do when you are not creating:

Learning

Favorite thing to do during your free time:

I love surrounding myself with family and friends. I try to be off social media as much as I can. I also like to go hiking or restaurant hopping with my boyfriend. These are the things that make me genuinely happy.

Greatest Influence:

My parents. One of goals in my life is to finally tell them they can stop working.

The one thing in your closet you can’t live without:

Denim

DRS fave style:

Mules and sandals. I usually style them with denim and a basic staple like a T-shirt or button down shirt.

Travel bucket list:

Paris, Greece, London, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Morocco... everywhere

Recent project:

I always try to incorporate my travels into my style and blog posts. For instance, I styled one bomber jacket in NY and LA and wrote a blog post about how cities and a city's vibe can essentially affect how you dress.

Next up:

My trip to the Philippines in November for my 25th birthday. I haven't been back in 16 years!

ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE YOURSELF:

Just trust yourself and everything you do. The future will leave you speechless.

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MATTIE BUSH

Florist and creator of Amelia's Flower Truck Mattie Bush talks moments of joy, travel, and always going for your dreams

With her charming vintage flower trucks, Mattie Bush brings the beauty and ease of Parisian flower markets to neighborhoods all over Nashville. Using her travels as inspiration, combined with her entrepreneurial spirit, Mattie's business Amelia's Flower Truck makes visitors feel like they're being transported to another place. Her drive to bring a touch of beauty to everyone's day comes through in each of her handpicked, colorful bouquets.

“I’ve always wanted to do something creative that contributed to society, something where people find joy.”

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PERSONAL PLAYLIST:

The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, and Yo-Yo Ma

BOOK YOU'VE READ MORE THAN ONCE:

I read the whole Harry Potter series every year

PODCAST YOU'RE LISTENING TO NOW:

“Dirty John” and “How I Built This”

TOOL YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT:

Google Drive

THE ONE THING THAT MAKES YOUR WORK POSSIBLE:

The team I've built around me

TYPICAL START TO YOUR DAY:

I wake up with a cup of coffee. I try to have slow mornings to set the tone for the day.

BEST WAY TO GET INSPIRED:

Meeting with other dreamers

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU:

Adventurous, driven, weird

PHRASE TO DESCRIBE YOUR VISION:

“You gotta go for it”

SECRET OF YOUR CRAFT:

Not being afraid to give it a shot even if it fails

SOMETHING THAT MOVES YOU:

The reaction I get from people who visit the trucks. It's really encouraging to hear stories about how much it means to people.

FAVORITE PART OF YOUR PROCESS:

Business development

FAVORITE THING TO DO DURING YOUR FREE TIME:

I just picked up the cello. I also like to read, go to the movies, and hang out with friends.

GREATEST INFLUENCE:

My dad. He's my sound board for all my ideas.

ARTIST YOU ADMIRE:

Painter Lizzy Love

WHEN AND WHERE YOU'RE HAPPIEST:

When I'm with my friends just hanging out, probably with a glass of whiskey and a cigar by the fire

DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE:

Minimal. I love basic earth tones, and I like to add a little twist to it with a funky heel or a fun scarf.

THE ONE THING IN YOUR CLOSET YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT:

A gold textured sweater and a pair of booties

PLACES ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET LIST:

India, Thailand, and Cambodia

FAVORITE RECENT PROJECT:

I've been able to get back into film production. I worked on an awesome music video recently.

THE THING YOU ARE MOST LOOKING FORWARD

We're a seasonal business, so I'm looking forward to next season. There's some expansion happening, possibly on the west coast

ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF:

Not letting what society tells you that you should be doing to affect you.

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DAVID WOLFE

Co-founder of Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. David Wolfe talks beer, giving back, and creating a sense of community

As the co-founder of Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., David Wolfe's passion is about much more than the beer. It's about fostering a sense of community, diversity, and sustainability with every pour. After years in the beer industry, David partnered with a German brewmaster to follow his dream and open a brewery that gives back to the St. Louis community. David was also deliberate in making Urban Chestnut a sustainable business, building their newest location as green as possible. “We have a self-guided tour that takes people through brewing and sustainability. It was important for us to help people recognize that that's how the world can operate.”

“Our passion for the community and St. Louis is our mantra, and we wanted to create something tangible that worked every day for the city, and we’ve wrapped our business and our beer into that.”

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PERSONAL PLAYLIST:

I have an eclectic taste, but I always love the Avett Brothers.

BOOK YOU'VE READ MORE THAN ONCE:

Historical fiction written by Jeff Shaara

FAVORITE TV SHOWS:

Stranger Things and Peaky Blinders

TOOL YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT:

My phone

THE ONE THING THAT MAKES YOUR WORK POSSIBLE:

The other people around us.

TYPICAL START TO YOUR DAY:

I get the kids ready and out the door, take care of breakfast in the morning and get them to school, and then I'll jump into my work. When the weather is nice, I bike to the office whenever I can.

BEST WAY TO GET INSPIRED:

I find that I get energy from the people that I work with and the things that they're passionate about.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU:

Goofy, competitive, passionate

PHRASE TO DESCRIBE YOUR VISION:

When I have a vision, I really believe in it. Through the help of others, I can be objective.

FAVORITE PART OF YOUR PROCESS:

Seeing the fruits of our labor

FAVORITE THING TO DO DURING YOUR FREE TIME:

Spending time with my wife and kids, traveling and just being together

GREATEST INFLUENCE:

My wife inspires me and sees me through the good and the bad

WHEN AND WHERE YOU'RE HAPPIEST:

By a beach with some beer and my family and friends

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE:

Casual, sporty, carefree

THE ONE THING IN YOUR CLOSET YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT:

Shorts when it's warm, vests in the wintertime

PLACES ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET LIST:

Australia and eastern Asia

FAVORITE RECENT PROJECT:

We had a really fun transitional year moving from bottles to cans.

THE THING YOU ARE MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO:

We have a couple of new releases that we're very excited about, some traditional German beers.

ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF:

Get to know yourself sooner

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MVSTERMIND

Rapper Muhammad Austin, aka Mvstermind, talks music, introspection, and being in the present.

Mvstermind has a passion for creating music that touches people. As his own writer, engineer, and producer, he channels his inner self to create melodies and lyrics that are both innovative and poignant. The son of a percussionist and fashion designer, Mvstermind comes by creativity and musical talent naturally. “First and foremost, music soothes my soul,” he says. “Music is very powerful - it can completely change a person's outlook on life.” With that in mind, Mvstermind's hope 
is that listeners get a sense of balance and perspective from his music.

“I like to talk about a lot of the things in this world 
that are in the background, that tend to get blurred out.
I hope I can inspire people to be more in the present, think about who they are and what they're fighting for.”

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PERSONAL PLAYLIST:

Anderson Paak, Sza, Kendrick Lamar, J.I.D.

BOOK YOU'VE READ MORE THAN ONCE:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

TOOL YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT:

My MIDI controller

THE ONE THING THAT MAKES YOUR WORK POSSIBLE:

Meditation and self-reflection

TYPICAL START TO YOUR DAY:

Creating new affirmations or some kind of pep quote that keeps me charged

BEST WAY TO GET INSPIRED:

Being present, paying attention to things around me, and the journeys of others

PHRASE THAT DESCRIBES YOU:

Humble brag. There is a balance of being a little boastful to be successful, but I feel eternally blessed and grateful.

PHRASE TO DESCRIBE YOUR VISION:

Be limitless

SECRET OF YOUR CRAFT:

I'm a planner, I like to draw out what I want to do

SOMETHING THAT MOVES YOU:

Building a platform and watching it help others and provide resources.

FAVORITE PART OF YOUR PROCESS:

Mixing and producing a record. After the music is written and after the beat is made, there's a whole land of limitless possibilities.

FAVORITE THING TO DO DURING YOUR FREE TIME:

I'm getting more into art, I've always been into art. I also like helping others start up their business.

GREATEST INFLUENCE:

My parents. They taught me persistence and resiliency. We didn't have much growing up, but I didn't really notice that because we always had love in abundance.

ARTIST YOU ADMIRE:

A jazz musician named Pharoah Sanders. He mixes his spiritual elements into jazz and it affects your heart every time.

WHEN AND WHERE YOU'RE HAPPIEST:

In the studio or the stage, somewhere engulfed in music.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE:

It's like my music style, it can be clean but then there are always distressed elements.

THE ONE THING IN YOUR CLOSET YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT:

Necklaces with copper-wrapped precious stones from Sacred Symbols

PLACES ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET LIST:

Morocco and Madagascar

FAVORITE RECENT PROJECT:

My EP titled "Cusp," that's where I found the formula for Mvstermind.

THE THING YOU ARE MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO:

Festival season. I'm excited to be performing on the stage.

ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF:

Everything is for a reason and that reason is up to you to decide.

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