When I learned that a couple of the women I went to high school with had opened their own business(es) in Georgetown, Kentucky, I knew it was a day trip I would be taking. The 90-minute trip from Cincinnati to Georgetown was well worth each and every mile, their creativity was everywhere.
As soon as I walked into Magpie at the Georgetown Makery, I knew that Amanda Griffith Hervey and Stacey Reid had something special. Warmth immediately enveloped me, thanks to the pleasant scent given off by the wax warmers, the cozy decor on the walls (most of it available for purchase!), the music, and the general essence of love and pride that emanated from the very fabric of the place.
So much care and detail were put into the creation of Magpie that I circled the small space numerous times, ensuring that no small quirk was missed. Creations from local artists adorned the walls, the counter tops, the custom tables and the shelves. Soap and beard oil and bacon jam (GET YOU SOME) and quilts made from old saris and jewelry and ornaments and nursery mobiles… the eclectic mix of merchandise was a delight, and I left with more bags than I intended to.
Before I made my way back home, I had to take a look at The Georgetown Makery, which is attached right next door to Magpie. This space is exactly what it sounds like: a studio of creation. Since its inception, there have been make your own flower-crown classes, classes in which a group of women made absurdly adorable Christmas trees out of plungers (yes, seriously, plungers), snow globe classes, paint and sip girls’ nights, and many more. When I was there, there was child’s birthday party in full swing, and those kids were super excited to make some snow globes. It’s a place where creativity charges the air, and everyone there can feel the currents.
As far as Stacey and Amanda go, they make it all look easy, though I know it is anything but. They have each given so much of themselves to these projects, and while I’m sure that means it’s especially difficult to, you know, stay awake, it’s also what will cement their inevitable success.
For not only are they fantastically talented, they are smart. They are prepared and that know what running a successful business entails. Opening a small business is a tremendous risk, everyone knows that. Stacey and Amanda decided that the possible rewards of owning their own business and all of the freedom, dedication, hard work, blood, sweat and tears that it entailed would be well worth that risk.
Being super talented and brainy doesn’t hurt their chances for success, either, to be sure.
If you’re ever in the Georgetown area, make sure to stop by and give Amanda and Stacey a visit. You’ll leave a bit lighter in the wallet, but so much fuller in spirit.
Dani Strehle, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder, is hoping to reshape the narrative to leave behind a better world for her daughters, so that they may sustain, rather than battle and rebuild.