They say it’s all about the journey, right?
I’m trained as a lawyer but my passion is business. I went to South Texas College of Law and earned my MBA at the University of Houston, and was always itching to start something of my own. After graduating law school, I started a recruiting firm to staff paralegals and legal assistants at law firms, but even after taking the bar and while practicing and recruiting, I wanted a creative outlet.
So I started a bakery business out of my kitchen, making the Southern-inspired desserts that my family has been eating forever. I set up at farmer’s markets and local fairs and, aside from sharing my treats with the world, I met a boatload of other makers and creatives who are passionate about their particular craft (usually on a part-time basis; most have full-time “real” jobs). Many didn’t have any formal business training and were selling their wares for the same reason I was: they had an innate desire to share their passion with others.
Meanwhile, my husband, also a lawyer and entrepreneur, had partnered up with a buddy to start their own law firm. I began marketing for them using my own bakery’s treats and that’s when the Local Notables idea came to me. I couldn’t believe how many truly talented creative folks were out there, and I wanted to help bring more exposure to their small businesses and also introduce others to products they may have never seen before.
I decided to blend my business background with their creative backgrounds to create a win-win situation all around: as a purchaser, you’re supporting the local maker community and as one of our vendors, we get to present your product to folks you may never chance to cross paths with. We also do corporate gifting and marketing in addition to retail sales.
So that’s how I landed here, as the founder of Local Notables. It’s been a wild ride, but I wouldn’t change a thing.
Besides running Local Notables, you’ll find me hanging with my rescue dogs, training muay thai kickboxing, cooking, reading (email me your book recs!!), or traveling with my bae/#1 supporter Dave.
Please reach out with any questions!
Courtney Pepper Feldman
esq. + mba + purveyor of local products