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ABOUT US

TWO SECOND GENERATION FIXER UPPERS ON A MISSION TO REUSE THE PAST

It all started at the Brimfield Antique Market when, Cindy Bogart, a former Better Homes & Gardens editor, tried to get antique dealers’ website addresses in order to contact them after the show. What she got were interesting conversations where she learned about antiques, heard stories from the old timers and made a few friends along the way. Most shared phone numbers and addresses but many did not have a website.  At the same time, she and her husband were doing their own home renovation and could not find local restoration sources as well.

It was clear. There was no where to find vendors and trades in the vintage and old home arena.

Cindy reached out to the head of Rhode Island’s SBA-supported Women’s Business Center, Mary Gervais, whose passion had always been helping small business owners succeed.  They teamed up and founded Artisans List with their first office at the corner table by the fireplace in Felicia’s Coffee Shop in East Greenwich, RI. There they formulated their vision:  To create a vetted resource directory-magazine where small businesses and people could connect, share and learn how to use methods, materials and values from the past in refreshingly new and useful ways.

Leadership Team

Cindy Bogart
Co-Founder & Product Visionary, Editor in Chief
A former regional editor for Better Homes & Gardens Publications and the daughter of serial fixer uppers, Cindy began her life in antique stores, salvage warehouses and house hunting for the next house with her Mom, an Interior Designer and Dad, an Engineer. A native New Yorker, Cindy and her family moved to Newport, RI where they have an old ‘new’ house, kitchen gardens and the beach 2 miles away. Favorite House Restoration: c. 1906 Stanford White house c. 1919 Carrère & Hastings house
Mary Gervais
Co-Founder & Head of Sales & Brand Partnerships
Mary Gervais is a business, marketing and strategic planning consultant who specializes in entrepreneurship. Her first start-up was BB’s Bagels & Bread, which she owned and operated for 7 years. As a former SBDC staff consultant and as the Director of the Rhode Island Women’s Business, Mary has helped hundreds of women start, build and grow their businesses. Growing up in an 1840s cobblestone home that her family renovated for 10 years led to Mary's interest in old homes. Favorite House Restoration: c. 1840 Cobblestone House

Contributors

Katherine Stolz Barber

In the Vintage Kitchen.com

Jereon van den urk

Assistant Professor, Program Director of Cultural and Historic Preservation Salve Regina University

Monica Kass Rogers

Vintage Recipe Author & Photographer