28 November . 2018
Shop local with gifts from these creative Rancho Sienna residents
Rancho Sienna is home to many creative, entrepreneurial residents who have started their own businesses, making everything from jewelry to t-shirts, and selling goods designed to help the planet.
Here are the stories of just three of our craftiest and most conscientious residents. Please consider supporting them for your shopping and gifting needs throughout the year!
Menden Scott: Free Spirited Momma
Menden Scott makes personalized, hand-stamped jewelry and accessories that are perfect for gift giving throughout the year.
From necklaces that say “Karma,” to coffee spoons stamped with “Death Before Decaf,” Menden’s creations “put the fun in funky,” to quote her motto. Her collections also include bracelets, garden markers, money clips, bottle openers, key rings and more.
Menden describes herself as a “sassy, good vibe sending, hippie hearted, open minded, purpose seeking free-spirited momma of three wild ones.”
“My business started as something I did for mental therapy and escape from a tough life season, with the illness and ultimate passing of my father,” Menden says. “People kept telling me I needed to sell my stuff, so I decided to open at Etsy shop. Now I get to do what I love every day.”
You can see Menden’s work at her website, where you can find links to her Facebook and Instagram pages.
Menden and her family have lived in Rancho Sienna for four years. “We have a lively and crazy household that includes myself; my husband, Cain; our three wild kiddos: Landon, Paxton and Cadence; and our yellow Lab, Harley,” she says. “We love the beauty that surrounds us here at Rancho Sienna and the amazing people that make up this community.”
Christina Hobbs: Beautiful Chaos Shoppe
As the mother of three boys, Christina Hobbs admired how her friends with girls often dressed in cute, matching “mommy and me” T-shirt ensembles. She wanted to find a similar, yet masculine, look for her family. Finding no business that offered exactly what she had in mind, she started her own, Beautiful Chaos Shoppe.
“Life is chaotic, but oh so beautiful,” she says. “Sewing is my getaway and I love creating things for people, especially when it mixes my two favorite fashion needs, comfortable and cute. I love getting my girly side out by sewing super fun items for people.”
Christina makes pocket tees for kids and adults, and “mommy and me” and “daddy and me” t-shirt sets. She also makes sibling sets, pocket tees featuring sports teams, monogram tees and pullovers.
While t-shirts are definitely her signature offering, Christina also crafts baby accessories, ear warmers, scarves and pillow covers.
The Hobbs family is relatively new to Rancho Sienna, moving here in February, 2018 after they outgrew their home in Leander, where they had lived for six years.
“After my our family grew and my business grew, we needed more space. We had friends who lived in Rancho Sienna and I often came here for play dates,” she said. “I fell in love with the neighborhood, and ended up finding the perfect house for our family a few days (what?!) after we started looking.”
Amber Capuano: CoralFeather
Rancho Sienna resident Amber Capuano was inspired to start CoralFeather in 2017 after attending the Austin version of MommyCon, a national convention series dedicated to the natural parenting movement.
“This was incredible for me, because I learned how parenting, the everyday products we use, and the environment are all related,” says Amber. “My favorite part of the conference was the exhibitor hall. I was completely moved by products I had not seen in big box stores.”
Amber says that once she began speaking with the owners of different companies, she realized a common thread. “They were all taking the standard of quality to the next level, by becoming extremely eco-friendly. This truly spoke to my heart,” she said.
Wanting to recreate that experience of being in the exhibitor hall during the convention, and make it available all year long to people across the United States, she launched CoralFeather.
“We are working with companies that align with our mission to provide sustainably beautiful products that are socially responsible and simply practical,” Amber says. “Our goal is to spread environmental awareness by getting eco-alternatives to everyday products into more homes.”
CoralFeather offers a wide range of products for women, men and children. Some of its bestsellers, or “tribe favorites,” include Bee’s Wrap, a breathable and sustainable alternative to plastic wrap for storing cheese, wrapping sandwiches, bundling bread, and other uses. Bees Wrap is easily hand-washed and air-dried for many reuses.
Eco Lunch Boxes are free of chemicals such as BPA and BPS, and are offered in a variety of sizes and formats for grownups and littles. The three-in-one bento-style box is perfect for packing a healthy entrée and two sides.
Resuable snack bags are perfect for toting snacks and other small belongings when leaving home, and they’re free of BPA, PVC and other chemicals.
The Essential Oil Stardust Necklace has three black lava beads, and one rose gold bead that matches the gold chain. Wearers can place their favorite essential oil on the lava beads, where it will absorb into the skin and emit a relaxing fragrance all day long.
Amber and her family moved to Rancho Sienna nearly three years ago, mainly for the highly regarded Liberty Hill ISD schools and the scenic Hill Country environment. Since then, she says they’ve fallen in love with the community.
“It’s such a unique neighborhood. It’s more like a small town, where everyone knows each other and is happy to lend a hand when needed. We have made forever friends here,” Amber says. “Our two kids love it just as much as we do, but I’m not sure our snake, Lou cares so much.”
While these creative, entrepreneurial residents offer the ultimate in local shopping, you can also explore more places to shop, eat and enjoy near Rancho Sienna with our Local Flavor Guide.
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