Etta + Billie Crew: Josiah

Etta + Billie crew members are the heart of our company. Since the company’s launch in 2009, our employees have helped us along the road of creating purposeful, sustainable, natural body care products and without them, we wouldn’t be the company we are today!

Want to know more about the Etta + Billie team? Here is a closer look at one of our crew members: Josiah!

How long have you been at Etta + Billie?

Officially, for a year! Unofficially, 4 years. Before my position as Studio Manager, I helped Alana with photoshoots, videos, craft shows, and production.

What five things couldn’t you live without? 

My library card, peanuts, headphones, my record collection, and my guitar

What’s one nice thing you could do for somebody in your life today? 

Buy a friend a cup of coffee

My favorite quote is: 

“Poetry, like bread, is for everyone.” Roque Dalton

My favorite scent is: 

Evergreen Tangerine

What is your favorite Etta + Billie product? 

Evergreen Beard+Face oil

Where to Eat? What to do? in San Francisco with Legion

This week, we asked Legion San Francisco owner Sydney Pfaff the local hotspots in her neighborhood.

LEGION is a shop and art gallery located in San Francisco. The shop features artful goods for your home and body, from candles to ceramics, art & design goods. Art shows hosted at the shop feature both up-and-coming and established artists. 

What do you love most about your area and how long have you been located there? 

Legion has been in Lower Nob Hill now for almost a year, prior to which we were in Chinatown for four and a half years. Sutter Street, our current street, is wonderful — lots of great neighboring businesses, particularly art galleries and amazing restaurants. I lived a block away from the space when I first moved here in 2003, so I have a soft spot for the area.

Is your area known for anything in particular?  

Our block is probably most notable for Liholiho! It’s one of the best (in my opinion) and most popular restaurants in the city. But we’re also super close to Union Square, so the area is constantly filled with both tourists and residents. 

Describe your favorite sights and activities in your area:

PHOTO FROM FLICKR

We’re in such a central location, so close to many different neighborhoods, and I’m fortunate enough to get to walk to and from work every day! There are a few galleries nearby that I love: Hashimoto ContemporarySpoke Art, and Chandran GalleryHuntington Parkis a great neighborhood park. I bring my two dogs to work every day, so we usually stop through their on our walk home.

What are your favorite places for food/drinks in your area?

Photo from Del Popolo

Del Popolois another one of my favorite restaurants — best pizza — and Royaleis one of my favorite little local bars. Other good spots that I frequent are Gen Gen Room(the downstairs bar at Liholiho), HogwashPCH, and Stookey’s Club Moderne.

In the Kitchen: International Women’s Day edition!

At a time when we have more mompreneurs, boss women, and female leaders than ever!,we are celebrating the women who broke social conventions and the blazed the way for us. 

This month is Women’s History month, a time to honor the past and present women who inspire the future. Today, we are honoring women who are influencing the kitchen. Here we spotlight a few amazing female chefs. 

1. Christina Tosi, author of “Momofuku Milk Bar” cookbook

Christina Tosi is the chef, founder and owner of Milk Bar. After working in the kitchens of fine dining restaurants, Christina founded the dessert program at Momofuku, where she later created the concept for Milk Bar, resulting in a culinary empire of her own.

Milk Bar is known for its familiar yet unexpected desserts including Crack Pie®, the Compost Cookie®, “naked” layer cakes with unfrosted sides, and Cereal Milk Soft Serve, among other playful and craveable treats.

Christina is also a judge on the hit cooking competition series Masterchef and Masterchef Junior (on FOX), and was recently the subject of an episode of Chef’s Table, the Emmy-nominated docu-series on Netflix. She’s made headlines in New York Times, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Forbes, The Today Show, among others, and she’s graced the covers of Adweek and Cherry Bombe. 

2. Belinda Leong, chef & co-owner of B Patisserie

Belinda Leong began her career as a pastry chef at Restaurant Gary Danko in San Francisco in 1999. After eight successful years, she left the restaurant for Europe to stage at some of the most esteemed restaurants and patisseries in Paris, Barcelona, and Copenhagen. After two years in Europe, Belinda returned to the Bay Area and became pastry chef at Manresa Restaurant, a two star Michelin Restaurant, in Los Gatos, California before opening b.Patisserie.

At her new bakery, which is co-owned by San Francisco Baking Institute co-founder Michel Suas, Leong offers everything from elegant layer cakes to a 10-hour apple tart to rustic butter cakes. Her signature item is the Breton pastry kougin amann—and if some New Yorkers notice a familiarity in the undulating top and flaky layers, it’s because Dominique Ansel also staged at Fouchon, though at the Paris location. 

3. Pim Techamuanvivit, chef & proprieter of Kin Khao

In Thailand, to eat is to eat rice. So, colloquially, when we say “kin khao” we mean “to eat” or “let’s eat,” – kinkhao.com

Born and raised in Bangkok, Pim took a circuitous route through the world of food–from writing, teaching, to jam making [ahem, award-winning jam making]–before finding her way back home to the food she grew up with. Longing for Thai food of richer quality and variety in the U.S. Pim is now on a mission to liberate her beloved Thai cuisine from the tyranny of peanut sauce. Kin Khao is her first (and hopefully not last) restaurant project.

4. Jessica Koslow, chef at Sqirl

Jessica Koslow started her daytime-only restaurant, Sqirl in 2011 and its been at the top of of the Best-of-LA lists ever since. She started with jams and has expanded to breakfast and lunch, including her popular rice bowls. 

5. Marianne Despres, chef & owner of El Sur 

El Sur was started in 2012, by Marianne Despres, a classically trained chef with roots in Argentina and France. Upon graduating from the Cordon Bleu in Paris, she continued her culinary training in some of the world’s best kitchens including Potel et Chabot and the French Laundry.

After running a successful catering business in the Bay Area specializing in fine French cuisine, Marianne realized she most enjoyed cooking and sharing the food she grew up with, specifically the empanadas from her childhood. Marianne developed the recipes for El Sur’s empanadas using old-fashioned techniques and the finest local ingredients.

Etta + Billie Events: Winter 2018

Etta + Billie will be busy this November and December with lots of upcoming fairs and events! Whether you’re in San Francisco, Los Angeles, or somewhere in between; you’ll be able to come check us out along with a number of other makers, food vendors, DJs, and more.

Renegade San Francisco

Renegade San Francisco: Since 2008, Renegade SF has been working to bring together Bay Area artists in a fun and creative setting. This year, the event will be taking place on November 10-11 from 11am to 5pm at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion. Bring your friends and come shop for handcrafted goods, shake your groove thang to live DJs, learn a new skill at one of the event’s workshops, or visit the various exceptional food trucks when you get hungry. Check out E+B at booth #114!

Details
Renegade San Francisco
November 10-11 from 11am-5pm
2 Marina Blvd #260, San Francisco, CA 94123

West Coast Craft

West Coast Craft: This winter’s WCC is taking place on November 17-18 from 10am to 6pm at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Located on the scenic SF waterfront, this free event brings together artists, makers, and other craftspeople to showcase their work. Come to browse, shop, and spend the day viewing unique work (and don’t forget to visit the E+B booth #G29)!

Details
West Coast Craft
November 17-18 from 10am-6pm
2 Marina Blvd #260, San Francisco, CA 94123

Bob Cut Holiday Gift Pop Up Shop

Bob Cut Holiday Gift Pop Up Shop: Have you ever wished your favorite online holiday gift guide suddenly became a shop for you to do all your holiday shopping in one place? Bob Cut, a local lifestyle magazine, is making your wish come true by bringing you a real life pop-up version of their holiday gift guide! Showcasing 10 artists, craftspeople, and makers; this pop-up shop will provide you with a great opportunity to buy unique gifts for loved one, get to learn more about who made them, and learn a bit about the shops.

Details
Bob Cut Holiday Gift Pop Up Shop
December 7-16 from 11am-6:30pm
1306 12th Ave. San Francisco, CA 94122

Renegade Los Angeles

Renegade Los Angeles: Etta + Billie will also be part of a group booth at this year’s Renegade LA, sponsored by Madewell, called Hometown Heroes. Renegade has been hosting fairs in LA since 2009, and this year’s event is gearing up to be a fantastic display of makers, shakers, foodies, and more! Come check it out on December 8-9 from 11am to 5pm at the Los Angeles State Historic Park.

Details
Renegade Los Angeles
December 8-9 from 11am-5pm
1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Heath Make Food Market

Heath Make Good Market: The second annual Make Good Market, taking place at the Heath Ceramics Tile Factory, is a celebration of people, places, processes, and makers displaying their craft. Full of interactive crafts, food, and other fun; you’ll be sure to want to visit this event on December 8-9.

Details
Heath Make Good Market
December 8-9 from 10am-5pm (10am-3pm on Sunday)
2900 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

SFMade Holiday Gift Fair

SFMade Holiday Fair: This fair—at the California College of the Arts on December 16 from 11am to 5pm—is a great opportunity to get all your holiday shopping done and even buy a few things for yourself! With over 50 vendors, this event is your one-stop-shop for gourmet food, wine, jewelry, handbags, housewares, body care products, apparel, toys, holiday decorations, and more.

Details
SFMade Holiday Fair
December 16 from 11am-5pm
The Nave, 1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA 94107

Fresh This Month: Chai Tea

Chai is a perfect winter scent with a warming grounding blend of cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and ginger. The warming spicy aroma of cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg meld with the creamy richness of milk to create a delicious and soothing blend.

Chai is a phenomenally distinct yet versatile flavor and scent. Commonly founds mixed with black tea, chai originated in South Asia and can be traced back to India and China. While chai spices vary from region to region, traditional chai spices include cinnamon, star anise, cardamom, cloves, fennel, ginger, and peppercorn.

Etta + Billie Chai Tea

If you’re interested in making your own chai drink, here is a simple and delicious recipe that combines black tea, milk, and spices.

Ingredients:

2-inch piece fresh ginger, chopped
2 cinnamon sticks
2 teaspoons black peppercorns
10 whole cloves
6 cardamom pods
6 cups cold water
6 bags of black tea
2 cups of whole milk (or almond/soy milk)

Directions:

  1. Combine fresh ginger, cinnamon, peppercorns, cloves, and cardamom in a medium saucepan. While stirring, lightly crush the spices.
  2. Add 6 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover the saucepan, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, add tea bags and steep for 5 minutes.
  5. Discard tea bags, add your milk of choice, and simmer over high heat for 2 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat, strain chai into a teapot, and serve hot.

Etta + Billie Chai Tea Limited Edition Products

Want to include the deliciously aromatic smells of chai not just in your beverages but in your home and skincare routine too? You’re in luck! Etta + Billie just released a line of limited edition chai tea inspired bath and body products for those who can’t get enough of the stuff.

A perfect scent for the cooler temperatures of fall and winter, these chai bath and body products offer the perfect blend of warming cinnamon and ginger with spicy cardamom, cloves, and nutmeg:

Chai Tea Body Scrub
Chai Tea Room + Body Spray
Chai Tea Skin Balm
Chai Tea Soap

Etta + Billie Crew: Sonia

Etta + Billie crew members are the heart of our company. Since the company’s launch in 2009, our employees have helped us along the road of creating purposeful, sustainable, natural body care products and without them, we wouldn’t be the company we are today!

Want to know more about the Etta + Billie team? Here is a closer look at one of our crew members: Sonia!

Etta + Billie Crew Sonia

How long have you been at Etta + Billie?
I have been working at Etta + Billie for 3 years and 2 months.

What five things couldn’t you live without?
1) My family; my partner and my siblings. 2) My headphones. 3) My sketchbook. 4) Coffee. 5) The Internet.

What’s one nice thing you could do for somebody in your life today?
Give them a call out of the blue.

My favorite quote is:
“Success is when preparation meets opportunity.”

My favorite scent is:
Anything citrus!

What is your favorite Etta + Billie product?
My favorite product is the Etta + Billie Earl Grey Tea soap.

Etta + Billie Crew: Mylene

Etta + Billie crew members are the heart of our company. Since the company’s launch in 2009, our employees have helped us along the road of creating purposeful, sustainable, natural body care products and without them, we wouldn’t be the company we are today!

Want to know more about the Etta + Billie team? Here is a closer look at one of our crew members: Mylene!

etta + billie crew mylene

How long have you been at Etta + Billie? What is one of your favorite things about working here?
I have been with Etta + Billie for six months. One of my favorite things about working here, besides the lovely folks I get to work with, is the smell! The studio always smells amazing!

What five things couldn’t you live without?
Sunlight, phone calls, grass to lay in, lip balm, and carbs.

What’s one nice thing you could do for somebody in your life today?
One nice thing I like to do for others is to listen to them.

My favorite scent is:
Horchata Soap (seasonal)

What is your favorite Etta + Billie product?
My favorite Etta + Billie product is the Room + Body Spray.

Happy 9th Business Birthday Etta + Billie! Part 3

Ette + Billie Happy Birthday

It’s the last installment of this birthday blog series! Here’s a look at the last three years, which have been some of the most intense but also most exciting at E+B. Missed the early years? You can read all about those here and here.

I am always striving to do things better, add more products that our customers want, and create a  connected community of E+B fans so I’d love to hear your thoughts! Got a product you’d love for us to make? Ideas about how you’d like to see your shipments come to you? I want to know about it. Please share your thoughts here.

BIGGER AND BETTER!

2015

My first speaking engagement! Shared all my tips for creating collaborations with other business owners on Indie Cruise!
E+B Indie Cruise 2015

Our first appearance in VOGUE! Including a very youthful looking headshot of me.

A full-page spread featuring me making soap in the E+B studio in the San Francisco Chronicle as part of a piece on local makers

Kiva Zip Campaign was a huge success and my community helped me raise $5,000 in 8 days! Amazing.

2016

First out of state Trade Show – Axis at Capsule in NYC.

Etta + Billie at Axis by Capsule in NYC

Launched an amazing collaboration with Heath Ceramics!

photo by Jeffery Cross.

Realized a long time business goal by offering health insurance to my employees.

Etta + Billie offers health insurance to employees

First Appearance on TV! I represented assorted small businesses as part of a KTVU segment on shopping small for the holidays.

E+B First TV Appearance KTVU

Donated over $1700 in three months to various charities as part of our Move Forward campaign.

Launched our first new product in 3 years – the liquid soap!

2017

Add the third employee to our team and 2 summer interns!  We are packed like sardines in my 750 sq ft studio.

Etta + Billie is super packed!

First attendance of the biggest gift show in the country –  NY NOW with creative collective Join Design.

E+B at NY Now with Join Design

Worked with Woods Beer Co on one of my favorite collaborations, they came to the studio and made soap and we went to the brewery and made beer!

Etta + Billie Woods Beer Co Collab

Donated over $3000 to charity as part of our philanthropic efforts.

Launched our room + body sprays!

Etta + Billie Room + Body Sprays Launch

Now!

2018

What’s happening this year? Well, we added an additional 1100 sq ft of studio space so we have plenty of room for some new E+B goodies! Stay tuned!

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Happy 9th Business Birthday to Etta + Billie! Part 2

Ette + Billie Happy Birthday

It’s Etta + Billie’s 9th business birthday! I’m recapping all the major things that have happened at E+B (and a few of my life events) over the last 9 years. If you missed Part 1, check it out here, there are some solid photos of me with bangs and you get to see our ORIGINAL packaging. Crazy how things have changed. Read on for more E+B memories.

Etta + Billie: The Big Changes Years

2012 

Early in 2012, I left the business for almost 3 weeks to go on an epic travel adventure honeymoon with my husband. We rented a campervan (isn’t it cute?) and drove around the North and South Island of New Zealand. We both went skydiving for the very first time, pretty crazy! I managed to keep the business running while I was away, thanks to my incredible assistant Eric. If you want to see more travel photos, head to my Instagram page and scroll all the way to the very bottom.

Rebranded! After 4 years, I decided that the original branding didn’t fit me or the product anymore and where I wanted the business to go. My incredibly talented best friend was able to integrate all my inspiration into a distinct new look. 

Said goodbye to our body butter and lotion bars, much to the chagrin of my sister who proceeded to purchase every last one.

First launched collaborations with Ritual Coffee + T-We Tea! 

2013

After months and months of work, I finally launched my own website! 

Etta + Billie products could be found in our first major retailer, Urban Outfitters!

Created and launched our first brewery collaboration with San Francisco based Speakeasy. Obviously required some serious research and development.

Traveled all the way to Chicago for Renegade Craft Fair with my talented maker pal Kendra of Kendra Renee Jewelry. It was my first out of state craft show and we had so much fun!

Launched one of my fav limited edition soaps of all time, the Spiked Egg Nog Soap.

Quit my day job….NBD

2014

Moved into my first outside the home studio space and I was over the moon, even though it was only 723 sq feet. 

Hired the first production employee, Jesse. It was amazing to have help mixing up all the E+B body care goodness.

 

and hosted our first summer intern, Gladis.

We created a custom soap with one of my favorite San Francisco bakeries – Craftsman and Wolves. p.s. they have the best chocolate chip cookies!

Attended my first Trade Show – SF Gift Show

So much fun press. Appeared in two national magazines and one international magazine.

Created our first customized product with gorgeous lifestyle retailer Terrain. The Pumpkin Spice Lotion.

 

Began E+B’s philanthropic efforts with 826 Valencia and SF Marin Food Bank

Check back again next week for the final post!