Technology buff, chief maker and designer of things
Patty grew up in the wilds of northern Minnesota and after 25 years, returned to the roost to take over as innkeeper of Northern Comfort, a historic Finnish bed and breakfast. In those 25 years, Patty wandered from Minneapolis to Nashville to Virginia’s Shenandoah valley, gathering an enormous collection of vintage buttons along the way.
At Three Snug Bugs, Patty is responsible for the design, website and sewing of new clothing. She is the mad scientist behind the botanical scents and mix-ins, but in general is not allowed in the studio near the lye. Instead she obsessively tracks the essential oil inventory and finds cool artwork for new labels. She’s also the book-keeper (much to her daily chagrin) and the bread and granola maker of the family.
Before Northern Comfort, Patty spent most of her career working in marketing, first for the Pohlad Family (of the Minnesota Twins), then manufacturing before working directly with private clients. She also is a huge supporter of the indie business and makers movement, serving as a past board member of the Staunton Downtown Development Association and winning a $10,000 new business grant to launch Three Snug Bugs Designs, our handmade and upcycled clothing and accessories line.
In her spare time Patty loves to read (mostly mysteries) and is working on writing her first novel. She’s an experienced seamstress and stitches up funky fashions to wear and for sale. If you are interested in sewing, knitting, cooking and other fun home decor hacks, check out the Snugbug Blog.
Chief candlestick maker, friendly face, and painter
Customers at our shop usually see Jeff’s smiling face when they stop by for a visit. When not minding the store, Jeff is the head maker of our soaps and candles, as well as wielder of tools and anything with cords and painter of our upcycled furniture, having trained at the Annie Sloan studios in New Orleans. He’s also Chef Jeff to our guests at Northern Comfort B&B and chief cook and bottle washer for the inn.
Making is a new gig for Jeff after a career spent working primarily in conservation and environmental work. A forester by training, he was with the Virginia Department of Forestry for 15 years before he and a business partner launched a firm focused on riparian and water quality planting in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Jeff is a life-long lover of fishing. He was born in Utica, New York, and his family moved to Florida when he was 10. He grew up in Daytona, spending most of his spare time in various fishing boats with his friends and picking up longer trips as summer employment in high school.
Jeff and Patty are both huge music fans, although Jeff is more of a 70’s rock guy while Patty loves 60’s soul. He’s seen every great rock band live, except for Queen. He reads a lot in what spare time he can find — mostly American history and biographies.