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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Candace Holloway Gregory

March 27, 2013

Candace Holloway Gregory, UncommonGoods Senior Merchant Manager

My hometown is…
Sherman, TX (GO BEARCATS!)

My favorite product that I’ve brought into the assortment at UncommonGoods is…
That is a hard one. I love them all! I guess I would say the MOLECULAR GASTRONOMY KIT – CUISINE. I did a gift lab on the product and had a BLAST making all the different dishes with my friends. I’m not much of a cook, but I felt fancy doing all these complex food alterations in the kitchen. (Secret: the kit makes everything super easy.)

I’m inspired by…
I’m inspired by my friends and family every day.

My guilty pleasure is…
The television show So You Think You Can Dance! And I will scream it from the mountain tops. I have been a die-hard fan from the first season, first episode. I like to think I can dance and critique like I know what I’m talking about. But my dance experience is……ummm……pretty much zero. LOVE EVERY SECOND OF THAT SHOW.

An uncommon fact about me…
I dabbled in acting. Lots of people thought that is why I moved to NYC, but I never wanted to have a career as an actress. I just wanted to live in the greatest city in the world!

My favorite place to eat in New York City is…
Another hard one! Vinegar Hill House is simply delicious. We usually go for “special occasions” so every time I have gone I have left with great memories.

My style is…
Simple and comfortable…in fashion and decorating.

Working at UncommonGoods, I’ve learned…
I have learned a lot about sustainability and B Corps. I am very proud to be a part of a company that cares so much about their customers, employees, and community. I also learned how to ride a bike in NYC. I still hold my breath going through busy intersections but I’m getting more comfortable every day.

Would you rather… Entertain guests every night for a week OR spend a whole week all alone?
I guess I would have to go with entertain guests every night for a week. My husband can put together an amazing party platter.

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Jackie Udden

March 22, 2013
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Jackie Udden, UncommonGoods Associate Buyer-Jewelry & Accessories

My hometown is…
I was born in Montclair, NJ, but my heart is in NYC.My favorite product that I’ve brought into the assortment at UncommonGoods is…
Kaleidoscope Necklace. (Favorite thing I’ve bought…Himalayan Salt Tequila Shooters. Everyone seems to love receiving them, and I usually get to help break them in!)

I’m inspired by…
Selfless actions.

My guilty pleasure is…
I can’t say I have an ounce of guilt about any indulgence, but know that I am a savory person!

An uncommon fact about me…
I was “gluten-free” long before it became fashionable.

My favorite place to eat in New York City is…
With my husband: Next Door Nobu.
With my friends and family: Edwards.
By myself: Le Pain Quotidien takeout on park bench.

My style is…
Polished comfort.

Working at UncommonGoods, I’ve learned…
Something new every day.

Would you rather…have access to every book ever written (but never watch another film) OR have access to every movie ever made (but never read another book)?
Easy–books! (Watching movies on the beach, where I hope to spend the majority of the remainder of my life, would be weird… reading however, perfect.)

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Tiffany Jyang

March 13, 2013
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Tiffany Jyang, UncommonGoods Senior Product Developer

 

My hometown is…
Alpharetta, GA – a suburban girl at heart!

My favorite product that I helped develop is…
The printable party kits on our free downloads page. My favorite is the outer space party kit, but the history buff kit is super fun too. I also love the sleekness and functionality of the Jewelry in a Bottle and the cleverness of the Pistachio Pedestal.

I’m inspired by…
Halloween, strangers, Elon Musk, outer space.

My guilty pleasure is…
Marathoning semi-educational TV shows. I’m a sucker for Alaska: The Last Frontier, and Cosmos.

An uncommon fact about me…
I was the runner-up in my elementary school spelling bee. Sadly, I misspelled the word “mystic” because I spoke too fast and accidentally skipped a letter!

My favorite place to eat in New York City is…
Sugar Sweet Sunshine (for cupcakes and pudding), Kashkaval Garden (for everything), and Joe Coffee (for the coffee and steamed milk).

My style is…
1st grader-meets-comfortable grandmother-meets-construction worker chic.

Working at UncommonGoods, I’ve learned…
Developing uncommon products is easier said than done, but seeing a new item finally go live never gets old.

Would you rather… give up your sketchbook or your access to blogs?
Give up my sketchbook! I love my blogs and I’m addicted to the Internet. It’s my virtual playground, home to all my mood boards, design inspiration, etc.

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Heather Thompson

March 1, 2013

Heather Thompson, UncommonGoods Senior Product Manager

My hometown is…
Eden Prairie, MN (Go Eagles!)

My favorite product that has entered the assortment at UncommonGoods in my time in merchandising here is…
The Rose Quartz Platter followed closely by the Druzy Chevron Necklace (clearly I have a thing for pink!). Oh, and the Salt Tequila Glasses!

I’m inspired by…
PINTEREST! In all seriousness, I love the internet! I could wax poetic about the democracy and immediacy of information – the ease of communication and infinite connections – the endless opportunities the World Wide Web presents, but also I just love getting lost in beautiful images. Plus New York City, the great outdoors and my smart/talented/creative/funny friends!

My guilty pleasure is…
Gummy bears and Garth Brooks.

An uncommon fact about me…
I played the alto saxophone for 12 years. And killed it, PS! *kidding

My favorite place to eat in New York City is…
Buvette in the West Village.

My style is…
Yikes! This one is tough. I think my style is a study of opposites – I love anything overtly masculine [read: tuxedo jackets and oversized, worn leather couches] mixed with ultra-feminine accents [read: tulle skirts and Louis XIV furniture]. I’m also a sucker for anything whimsical or quirky.

Working at UncommonGoods, I’ve learned…
The value of being an independent and creative thinker. Our company culture values individuality and finding creative solutions while working on collaborative, frank, super fun, imaginative and supportive teams.

Would you rather… have an unlimited amount of shoes OR an unlimited supply of cupcakes?
That’s a toughie but I’m going with shoes. I like cupcakes, I do. But they are so fleeting. Shoes are forever (or at least a season).

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