About Georgia & Company
Georgia & Company started as a brick & mortar shop called Saguaro Market located in Tucson, AZ in October, 2016. Our vision was to grow the creative economy and we did this by connecting local makers with local buyers during a monthly, 4-day market. Due to a move across the country in the fall of 2017, the market closed but our vision to grow the creative economy remains the same. Georgia & Company is a re-birth of Saguaro Market. We're currently searching for the best way to make an impact towards growing the creative economy in our new home town of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Read on to learn more about the evolution from Saguaro Market to Georgia & Company.
As many people who move away from Tucson know, whatever the reason you leave, good or bad, it's impossible to get Tucson out of your blood; it becomes a part of you. So, when we arrived in our new home town, Sun Prairie, WI, it was a struggle for me to acclimate. No place would ever have my Saguaros, big skies, or Sonoran desert.
I was searching for ways to connect with Sun Prairie & while I think I knew in the back of my mind that Georgia O'Keeffe spent much of her childhood in Sun Prairie, I didn't know anything about her, other than she was famous for her supposedly "suggestive" paintings of flowers. So, it was a welcome surprise to learn about Georgia's journey from the midwest to the southwest, across the country and ultimately back to the southwest again. I learned about her deep love for & fascination with the desert and about the creative inspiration that seeped into her simply by being surrounded in the rugged beauty of New Mexico. I learned that she attributed her ability to thrive in the desert because of her upbringing in Sun Prairie. She was proud of her birthplace and identified it along with her family as the source of her fierce independence.
Today, we're pleased to announce that Saguaro Market has become Georgia & Company. Our new name is inspired by the question, "what if Georgia O’Keeffe returned to her hometown to share her art as well as the gifts made by her friends from around the world?" We like to think that if this happened you'd get Georgia & Company.
We're starting with a website dedicated to celebrating Sun Prairie. As we learn more about growing the creative economy in Sun Prairie, our business model, products, & offerings will evolve. Success for us looks like creating growth opportunities for our community and customers, our partners, & ourselves.
About Saguaro Market
Listed below is a feature video created by Local First AZ about Saguaro Market. We're including this to give you a taste of where we've been and how we hope to grow.
About the Georgia & Company Mission
Our mission is to grow the creative economy by living our core values:
- The Golden Rule
- The Law of Attraction
We believe that you get what you put out into the world and that you treat people the way you want to be treated. This is what defines success for us. We will build the creative economy in a way that creates success for our customers, our partners, our community, and ourselves.
The People Behind Georgia & Company
We're Steve Thompson & Kristine Spengler.
Georgia & Company is a lifelong dream coming true through lots of love and hard work. If you'd like to learn more about the G & C journey, please follow our blog.