The Livery in Lexington, KY

I’m from Kentucky and Eric lived there for a year while we were dating and engaged. We love the state for the long summers, and sunsets, and because our families are there, but the culture is completely different from that of Washington. One thing that we love about Seattle is that the community and culture here is very artistic and focused on local/small businesses. Over the past week or two, I’ve noticed quite a few creative, small businesses in Kentucky, which has surprised me! I want to feature some of them, because they truly are good businesses that deserve to be known about.

The Livery, Lexington, KY

The Livery, based in Lexington, Kentucky, is a community workspace by day and an event venue by night. It’s historic building is located downtown, and is a beautiful mix of urban and rustic. As it is told, the original Lexington Livery was a horse stable, meant for temporary use by carriages passing through. There’s lots of history and hard work in the bones of this place.

I can tell that the people behind The Livery are really working hard at encouraging a good creative, small business culture, which is so refreshing and exciting to see in Kentucky. In fact, they host LEXTALKS, which are a series of community events geared toward “energizing the city towards innovation and genuine social connection.”

If you live in or near Lexington, I highly recommend you to check out The Livery! If you are a creative or a business owner, get involved with these people. I understand how hard it is to run and try to grow a business in a culture that is not understanding or receptive of such. But I can say that from my experience from living both in Kentucky and Seattle, running and growing a business in an unreceptive culture goes a lot better when you invest into creating the culture. There is actually great opportunity in Kentucky, because the creative, small business culture is still developing. It provides the unique opportunity to go beyond the surface of our own businesses to shape the culture toward creating quality, and being a supportive community that allows creative, small businesses to grow.

 

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Working at Storyville Coffee, Pike Place Market

This past week, we had the chance to meet up with Lindsay Anne of L.A. Birdie Photography, and shoot some amazing photographs at Storyville Coffee. We don’t work in a studio at the moment, with Typeset Design, so we often end up working in coffee shops or working from home. Storyville is one of the nicest places that we’ve worked, beautifully designed and planned out. The coffee was full-bodied and rich as well and as we worked, I sipped a caramel cappuccino, though Hannah opted for hot chocolate. This is a snapshot of how we work- a snapshot of a Seattle business.

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5 Pros and Cons of Working with Your Spouse

Hannah and I are entrepreneurs. We both launched multiple companies long before we were married, or even dating. Initially after we were engaged, we talked about working together to help each other on our companies, but eventually common sense took over and I quit my job to come home and merge companies. Typeset Design, Publish Conference, and Anchorfolk were born.

Working with your spouse isn’t something that everyone can do or would even want to do. Personally, I married Hannah because I enjoy her company and enjoy working with her. Technically we met met through work, so we have a very strong relationship in that area. However, a good friend of ours can’t even imagine working with her husband, and obviously working with your spouse isn’t for everyone.

1). Working with your spouse is only as good as your work ethic. If the fear of getting fired is the only thing that keeps you coming into work on time everyday in job outside of the house, you’re going to need to seriously motivate yourself to get up out of bed everyday and go to work. It’s hard. It’s still work. It’s just different now that you’re the one running things.

2). Work problems are suddenly spouse problems too. Because work and life are so tied together, you’re not just dealing with work problems now, you’re dealing with spouse problems. Sometimes you have to take time out of your work day, simply to sit down and discuss what you did wrong that made the other person feel devalued, used, or unwanted. I think the biggest thing to remember is something that successful relationships are built off of:

You have to be willing to work through problems constantly.

This is the constant day-to-day choice of married life, “I’m going to invest in this relationship. I’m going to work through things.”

3). Being in business together brings up a lot of stresses that you wouldn’t normally experience at the beginning stages of marriage, especially if you’re working together at home for most of the time. Hannah and I were engaged on Feb 26th, we relaunched Typeset Design on March 18th, launched the Publish Conference in July, and finally got married on September 15th. For the main part of our engaged life, we were working together in business, in multiple companies, on multiple projects and planning a wedding. It was amazingly awesome and really hard, but it brought us together, made us fight a lot more, and made us reconcile even more effectively.

4). Working together is hard on a financial level. We’re both working from home, so we’ve got to be careful what we spend and what we eat. If finances are especially a big deal for your spouse or yourself, then that’s an added challenge that you’re going to have to face, because new businesses rarely make money the way you want them to.

5). It’s hard to separate the two lives if you work at home, or even if you run your own business together. We have to keep strict business hours (mostly), because otherwise we’ll work way past our actual hours and overlap our home time. It’s really easy to check the emails again before bed, or first thing when you get up, but that isn’t healthy at all and creates a lot of extra stress that isn’t needed on either of you.

 

Recommended reading: How to Work Productively at Home

The Anchorfolk Store Launch

We are really excited to introduce all of you to our latest project: The Anchorfolk Store! With it, two of our new books, Bread and Jam, are being released and are available for pre-order today! They are part of a collection that encompasses cooking and baking methods, heirloom recipes, and a good sprinkling of our story growing up in the kitchen. More volumes are set to be released over the summer, trotting all over the cooking globe. These books are meant to be savored, shared, and caked with the mishmash of ingredients that good, old cookbooks are often coated in.

Both of us have spent a lot of time in the kitchen since we were young children, our best memories have been made there. I (Hannah) grew up with the kitchen being just as much of a “living room” as the actual living room. We all piled in and everyone always wanted to cook at once (then came the “cooking helper” chart). When we were entertaining, chairs were pulled up as knives chopped on handcrafted cutting boards, pots simmered, and mama called out for someone to go pick herbs for her.


Anchorfolk Store Bread book

Anchorfolk Store Jam book


Now it’s been passed to Eric and me, with the knowledge of what cooks best in cast iron, what flavors play well, the science of bread, and how to turn a disaster dish around fast. Nearly every bit of our knowledge is tied to a special person and place. Cooking comes from our hearts and is just something we enjoy. It was passed down to us that way. Hours and hours have been poured into these pages, and we are going to share part of the process soon.

In the meantime, go to The Anchorfolk Store to order your books, and you’ll also receive an exclusive pre-order deal to get our cooking icon set for free! Just add the icon set to your cart and use the coupon code “FREEICONS” when you order. You should receive an email with the download link within 24 business hours.