Betsy:

Founder, Designer, Boss-lady

One day, I will go here: Back to Greece. He might not know it, but I think this is where I first fell in love with Will. The place and our time there is so imprinted on my heart that I’d like to open it up again, the way I open up the box of small things I’ve saved through the years…things that remind me of who I really am.

Best thing about my job: Spending everyday with my best friend and people who inspire me. Freedom. A love and concern for what we put into the world. Being constantly challenged to do the best we can. Drinking WAY too much coffee.

When I’m not working, I’m probably doing this: Learning divish, listening to live music (turntable music, computer music, headphone music, new music, old music, our own music), nerdy board games with good friends, exploring Portland, traveling, dancing, soaking it all IN.

This will always be in my playlist: There is so much… Prince. Yeah, that’s what I said. Before you judge, research the genius. There’s a pretty good chance he wrote your favorite song.

Will:

Director of Development, Boss-man

One day, I will go here: To the southern hemisphere. Vague? Yes. A true goal? Also yes. Can you really say you’re an inhabitant of earth if you’ve never been downstairs in your own house? Exactly.

Best thing about my job: Everyday is Bring Your Wife and Dogs to Work day.

When I’m not working, I’m probably doing this: Working. Hey, that’s how being a small business owner goes. Ok, but if I’m ever REALLY not working, I’m probably eating something tasty, playing with the dog, or listening to music really loud.

This will always be in my playlist: Oh man. Hardest question ever. Ok, there’s a TON so I will request a judgment reprieve on this answer and just you know that it’s only the tip of the iceberg: Whitney Houston’s Star Spangled Banner. There is no more perfect rendition. Promise.

Barrie:

Maker

One day, I will go here: To Japan! I will retrace all of Haruki Murakami’s foot steps and eat some cool food and do some fancy shopping. After that, Europe, obviously. Then back to Boston where I spent the first ten years of my life. Once I win the lottery my passport will be filled with stamps!

Best thing about my job:  Working with my hands everyday. Getting to pet puppies every day. Having fun with some of the coolest, most inspirational, and genuine humans I know.

When I’m not working, I’m probably doing this: Yoga, baking, watching trashy TV shows… All at the same time! Yes, it can be done.

This will always be in my playlist:  The Strokes, Beyoncé, Disney. Surely you’ve heard of stranger combinations… or maybe not.

Elizabeth:

Retail Associate

One day, I will go here: So many places! I speak French and lived in France for a year, so I’m always wanting to go back. I’d also love to visit Scandinavia.

Best thing about my job: I have an obsession with pretty things, so I love the products in the shop. I have a toddler at home and coming into work often feels like a luxurious vacation. My coworkers aren’t bad either ;-).

When I’m not working, I’m probably doing this: Hanging with the fam – which consists of my husband, toddler, dog, and two cats. I also love to cook and will tuck into a book whenever I get the chance.

This will always be in my playlist: The Shins, Ra Ra Riot, Postal Service, Coldplay, Talking Heads, Florence and the Machine, and… cough, cough Taylor Swift.

Gaby:

Maker

One day, I will go here: Brazil – to swim with the manatees! For real. And then indulge in a tropical yoga retreat?!? Oh yeah.

Best thing about my job: The collaboration! The people at betsy & iya are extremely talented and have awesome energy. Whether we’re creative problem solving, prototyping, learning something new, teaching something new, it’s always a good time.

When I’m not working, I’m probably doing this: Exploring the glorious Pacific Northwest with my good friends & favorite guy. Then more creative work! Acting, painting, collaborating on sustainable design projects, art & film.

This will always be in my playlist: “La Vie En Rose” by Louis Armstrong

Shayna:

Maker

One day, I will go here: Spain! And Thailand. And Australia. And Peru.

Best thing about my job: Definitely the people. We have such an amazing crew here, I actually look forward to going to work! And I love learning something new everyday.

When I’m not working, I’m probably doing this: Reading a book or hiking with my dog.

This will always be in my playlist: “Chulahoma” by the Black Keys

 

Suzy:

Retail Manager

One day, I will go here: The Pacific coast of Asia.

Best thing about my job: The people!  Will and Betsy are amazing bosses who are driven, creative, ethical, and have wonderful senses of humor.  The whole team here is awesome.  It feels good to sell the work of folks who are committed to their handmade craft.  And it’s great to work with customers who appreciate the love that’s put into everything we do.

When I’m not working, I’m probably doing this: Working on my own jewelry line and backpacking through the Pacific Northwest with my best friend/husband.  That, and moaning about kids these days and their cell phones/social media accounts/hashtagging/etc.  I’ve got to maintain my status as the old curmudgeon around the shop.

This will always be in my playlist: I never say always.  But for now?  Fuzz and Thee Oh Sees.

Taylor:

Maker

One day, I will go here: I’ve been itching to go to Tokyo for a few years now. The ability to be in an extremely dense metropolis one minute, and then taking a train to an isolated rural area in just a few hours is very appealing to me.

Best thing about my job: Taking pride in what I do and having the ability to get better at it whenever possible. Working with my hands gives me the freedom to dictate exactly how I do my job in my own way. Of course, working with an amazing team in an incredible and inspiring environment doesn’t hurt either.

When I’m not working, I’m probably doing this: Skateboarding, hiking, camping. Anything outdoors, and anything exciting.

This will always be in my playlist: Neil Young, Talking Heads, Clarence Carter, and Jefferson Airplane. Throw some Miles Davis and Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth in the mix and it’s game over for me.

Tess:

Retail Associate, Shipper

One day, I will go here: Nepal, because mountains!

Best thing about my job: Sending love notes along with shipping orders.

When I’m not working, I’m probably doing this: Working on my paintings.

This will always be in my playlist: “Toothpaste Kisses” by The Maccabees

 

Gingham:

Senior Cheerleader

One day, I will go here: The Caribbean.  I’ve always wanted to doggy paddle in really warm, clear water where I can look down and see my paws.

Best thing about my job: Monthly all staff meetings.  I love jumping up and down in between everyone while they’re trying to get things done

When I’m not working, I’m probably doing this: Running imaginary laps around the yard, sleeping, cuddling mom and dad, playing with carrots.

This will always be in my playlist: Jimmy, by M.I.A.  I howl when it plays and people wonder what’s wrong with me.  I’ve only ever howled when this song plays.  Keeps ’em guessing.

Maurice:

Junior Cheerleader

One day, I will go here: France. I was born to wear a beret.

Best thing about my job: Barrie. Can I say that? Well, it’s true.

When I’m not working, I’m probably doing this: Being as close as humanly – dogly- possible to my parents, practicing dog yoga, staring off into the distance.

This will always be in my playlist: Rufus Wainwright, Nick Drake, James Taylor.