February Member of the Month :: Mary Claire White / by Sarah Baumann

We're so thrilled to introduce you to our seventh Member-of-the-Month, Mary Claire White! Mary Claire has built a multiple successful businesses, is a leader in the maker community in Memphis and is an integral member of Rising Tide Community - as a member and meetup host in 2017! Mary Claire's main business is Falling into Place, a beautifully curated brick-and-mortar shop in the trendy Broad Ave Arts District in Memphis. She's also created a successful candle line, Falling into Place Candles, which are sold in her shop, online, and in stores around the country. Mary Claire is a connector, innovator, true creative and we are SO grateful to be able to feature her on the blog! 

Each member-of-the-month answers five questions for our blog- the first three are standard questions we ask everyone, and the last two are specific to each creative entrepreneur. We hope you love Mary Claire's answers!

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What is your favorite part of being a creative (or creative entrepreneur) in Memphis?

I am a native Memphian so there is a huge sense of pride that comes with owning a business here. I can't imagine a life where I am not creating. Making money being creative is a dream come true!

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What is your favorite part of your creative business?

I don't answer to anyone! I have full creative control of every part of my business and that is priceless!

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What would you tell yourself if you could go back in time to your first day of starting a business?

The building inspections are not that big of a deal!

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Falling into Place is such a gorgeous, welcoming environment- where do you get your design/aesthetic from? Where do you go for inspiration for your shop?

My aesthetic is very personal. I have always enjoyed finding interesting and unusual items for myself and my home. My store allows me to bring those finds to my customers!

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You've had so many successful collaborations with other artists and makers, especially within your candles- what is your top piece of advice for other makers looking to collaborate? What fuels a good collaboration?

Mutual respect and admiration is a good place to start. Being open to ideas is important, and making sure you are fair to yourself and the others involved.

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Thanks so much, Mary Claire!!