I’m thrilled to introduce Hester & Cook as a silver sponsor for #tscsummit Charleston! They will be designing and decorating Thursday’s lunch at FISH. I’m a huge fan of their unique style and vintage aesthetic and can’t wait to see what they come up with! I sat down with sales and marketing director Meg Kelly, to learn more about Hester & Cook and what they hope to gain from our upcoming summit.
Tell us a little about Hester & Cook.
Hester & Cook started with KnobStoppers, vintage doorknobs crafted into bottle stoppers. Two years later, the addition of the CAKE Vintage brand broadened our offerings to include vintage flatware, hand-screened linens, and custom built lighting.
In 2010, we debuted our most popular brand yet, Kitchen Papers. We saw a need for a fuss-free way to set a beautiful table and developed an entire line to do just that, with paper. From our placemats to our stationery, we have established ourselves as an influential company in both the paper and home decor industries.
Everything we offer is made in the USA, and almost all of it is made right here in Nashville, Tennessee. We live here, we design all of our products here, and we are happy to make them here as well.
Do you have a favorite product?
I personally love our Kitchen Papers as a whole. There are so many things you can do with the paper aside from setting a table. The table runners especially are lots of fun. You can use them as they’re intended or for a variety of other purpose such as; gift wrap, wallpaper, and other various crafts!
A portion of your sales benefits Wonderful Life Foundation; which provides assistance to families of children undergoing cancer treatment. Can you tell us more about the Wonderful Life Foundation?
Here is a little excerpt from our owners, Robbie & Angie Cook about the foundation: When our son, Will, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, these devastating words started our family on a long, painful, and miraculous journey. We experienced the wide range of emotions and challenges that accompany a life-threatening diagnosis, and we quickly realized how blessed we were. We had financial resources, supportive friends and family, and our faith to keep us going. While most people can empathize with the emotional struggles of caring for a child with cancer, the overwhelming financial burdens faced are frequently overlooked. Often, these families teeter on the brink of financial collapse due to mounting expenses paired with increased time away from work. Treatment, prescription, and travel costs can easily consume a family’s budget.In an effort to offer relief to families facing these challenges, we decided to host a fundraiser during the holiday season. For the film’s pertinent message of hope, we chose to screen It’s a Wonderful Life and we followed this with a holiday party at our home. With the dedicated support of the Nashville community, that event has evolved into an annual tradition and The Wonderful Life Foundation is now in its ninth year of fundraising. We’ve relocated to The War Memorial Auditorium to accommodate the surge in community support, and each year on the firstSaturday in December, we come together with the common goal of making life a little easier for these families in their time of need.
“We can do no great things, only small things with great love” – Mother Teresa
What would Hester & Cook’s theme song be?
“What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong
What are you most looking forward to at TSCSUMMIT in Charleston?
Everything! There are multiple presenters we’re looking forward to hearing and honestly, we like to absorb as much information as possible in order to help us grow and better serve our customers.
Emily Hines is a Georgia girl now living in Bloomington, Indiana with her husband and two black labs. She is a freelance writer and digital media manager hooked on cruising back roads, craft beer, and snapping photos of old buidings. Follow along with my United States travels at Em's on the Road.