Through our eclectic life experiences, we’ve had the opportunity to connect with an overwhelming number of inspiring people doing cool things in the world. If you have a minute, check out what our friends are up to — and let them know we sent you!
“A crazy couple & their dogs, traveling through the US on a mission to find the best free experiences, unique work opportunities & wise, kindred spirits.” (Facebook page)
Currently managing the Entrada Escalante Lodge in Escalante, UT, Tara and Chris Chiasson (with their respective dogs, Bear and Maya) are fellow New Englanders living their best lives in a Southwestern world! Back in 2016, Tara and I worked together in Rhode Island at award-winning design + print company, MOO; our friendship hasn’t looked back since.
“Good Food and Lodging in Tres Piedras, New Mexico” (website) is an extremely distilled description of what the Chili Line Depot — the only operating brick and mortar business here in our tiny village — has to offer. Owners Deb and Gil Graves treat travelers like family, cook delicious New Mexican meals, and provide a place for locals and tourists alike to feel at home.
You can be sure to encounter some characters anytime you stop by the Chili Line. From bicyclists to Harley riders, RVers and Van-Lifers, to hunters and climbers, there’s always someone interesting to meet and chat with at our local watering hole. Our first Tres Piedras meal was a takeout feta and spinach pizza from the Chili Line, when we arrived to our new cabin after sunset with our caravan of truck, camper, goats, and Uhaul! We have been loyal patrons ever since, and we are thankful to have such a great establishment just down the road.
“Enjoy perfectly poured espresso, latte art, organic teas. gelato, pastries, bagels, burritos and WI-FI in a local artisan, friendly, warm environment!” (Facebook page)
Our go-to spot in Taos for wifi and new friends, Elevation Coffee has the most personable staff and the best brews around! I started my patronage of Elevation while completing the “Earthship Internship” at the Earthship Biotecture on the Taos Mesa in the summer of 2018. We would cruise over for a pre-work lavender latte that made pounding tires fly by! Now, it’s a family affair; you can spot the @littlevangoat parked out front most days, with Papa Savas and Murphy stationed close by.
“Starno Designs is a creative design company specializing in WordPress websites, logos, promotional materials, and illustration. Creative Goodness!” (Facebook page)
During my time in Spokane, I met Selina “Rabbitt” Starno of Starno Designs, and I couldn’t have been luckier! Rabbitt showed me where to paddle board on the Spokane River, where to hike around the Dishman Hills Conservancy Area, took me dancing at the best drag show venue in town, and she hosted amazing community-building dinner parties with her partner-in-crime, Ryan “Ace” Starno, just up the street from the OG Little Goat House!
Most recently, I collaborated with Rabbitt to create our newest LGH design for the “Tres Piedras Social Club.” You can make your own call, but I think it’s fan-fuckin-tastic!
“Sam is a documentary director and an accomplished cinematographer and editor. In 2020 he is directing the documentaries Israelism and Generation Green New Deal. His most recent cinematography credit is ‘Vault,’ starring Emmy Award winner Samira Wiley, Theo Rossi, Chazz Palminteri, and Don Johnson. After the 2016 elections he started making videos for activist groups as a volunteer, several of his videos have gone viral and been featured on MSNBC, Good Morning America, and even deceptively re-edited by Fox News.” (IMDb)
Sam and I met in high school while attending Providence Country Day School, and became best friends after college when we both lived in Providence. From “Best Snow of the Year,” to annual “Beer and Cheez-It” parties, “Beer from the Hat” chants, rousing sea shanty ballads, and matching meatball tattoos, Sam is a ride-or-die with exceptional talent.
“Caitlin Lorraine Johnson is a poet based in Los Angeles (soon to be Santa Fe). She has a MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA in Philosophy from St. John’s College. You can also find her at @caitlinlorrainejohnson” (Critical Read)
The sweetest friend with an unexpectedly sassy side, Caitlin finds and reflects subtle beauty everywhere she goes. Caitlin and I met while undergraduates at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, and have remained close ever since. We are so thrilled to be living in the same state again, and I can’t say enough about her writing! Do yourself a favor and enjoy her latest piece published in Critical Read, “Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico.”
“Sam Stewart first gained attention in the design world creating furniture for the hip New York eatery Dimes, and he’s developed a minor cult following since. 2018 was his breakout year, with a solo show at Fort Gansevoort, a booth at Collective, lights for Michael Bargo, and maybe the coolest couch we’ve ever seen (designed for Laila Gohar and Omar Sosa of Apartamento…” (Sight Unseen)
From weekend ski trips to Wolf Creek to Monday night Seminars, Sam is another gentle, unpredictably witty companion from my St. John’s days. We have enjoyed overlapping friendships with reunions in NYC and Santa Fe, and I have been delighted to watch his sculptural career explode. Check out Sam’s latest interview with Vince Menswear to peak through the artistic lens through which he views the world.
“Finca Abarim is not just a Farm, it is a life project – we grow and produce Single-Origin Specialty coffee, cacao, and plantains that support the local economy.” (website)
Eivy Monroy and her husband, James Tobey, purchased the Finca Abarim coffee farm in Buenavista, Colombia, in 2018. I met Eivy through a mutual friend on a whale-watching outing in Boston, and we instantly hit it off! Since then, Eivy and I have had many adventures together — and I can’t wait to visit her native country of Colombia to imbibe some delicious coffee, right at the source!
“We’re a tiny but mighty digital marketing duo based in Philly. We make growth easier for clients by focusing on their biggest traffic and conversion opportunities based on their situation.” (website)
Without digital marketing wizards Ann and Jim Thornton of Inbound Found, you wouldn’t be visiting this website today. That’s because it wouldn’t exist! I met Jim, a Philadelphia native, during college; from there began a decade-long distance friendship. Jim and I have always connected over a love of ingenuity, hustle, and personal ownership of our work endeavors.
When I asked Jim to rough out a website for The Little Goat House, he was happy to oblige… But like any good friend, he refused to baby me! After sending numerous tutorials that I’m sure took longer to type than it would have for him to have made changes himself, I’m now an amateur WordPress pro! Thanks so much to Jim and Ann for keeping our digital presence live!
*Note: If you’re f*ckin pissed that you’re not mentioned on this page, please do me the favor of letting me know! I’ll make sure to add you a-s-a-p.