We had the good fortune of connecting with Annie Castleberry and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Annie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
As a young child, I was introduced to the textile world through my mother who grew up in Bolivia. These colorful weavings were displayed throughout our home. It wasn’t until I was older that I truly began to appreciate the intricacy and beauty of these weavers’ designs and the stories they told. Their beauty and originality inspired me to launch a line of unique exclusively designed handmade products while providing a new market for Guatemalan textile artisans.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What keeps me busy professionally is always attempting to create new designs that will make my products interesting and unique and keeping up with social media market trends. Everyone always wants to know, “What’s new?” Having a business now is much different than when I started the process ten years ago. There are many different social media marketing avenues and technology implementations that change daily. It’s challenging, but you’re always learning. As the saying goes,”If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.”

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Living in Hyde Park is a total bonus when living in such a large city as Houston. I love living here as it’s an easy walk to many restaurants and shopping areas. I’d take my guest for breakfast at The Empire Cafe on Westheimer. Delicious breakfast and bakery. Common Bond is another gem. For exercise, I love playing pickleball. Most of my friends love walking, so I would recommend Hermann Conservancy Park and Mc Govern Centennial Gardens. are great spots with lots of shade. Another great park is Memorial Park where they just completed an enormous renovation of the park which features a new public golf paradise. The bike trails are fantastic along the bayou, if you’re into biking. Many great museums in Houston, as well. The Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural Science Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Arts are a few musums which stand out in my mind. Silver Street Market provides and an artisans outlet and market most weekend. The whole Museum District itself is very nice, and of course the Johnson Space Center is not to be missed. Houston provided a plethora of fine dining. Really depends of what you’re in the mood to eat. Some of my favorites are Back Street, Les Noo’dle, Huyen, BCN, and Ostia to name a few (all are n my neighborhood. or close-by). You can be as busy as you’d like in Houston. Plenty of choices from which to select. My friend would not get bored.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my mama and all she embodied! She was full of grace, beauty, charm, adventure, and a forever giving and forgiving spirt.

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