Lowcountry Made is an online community whose mission is to promote Lowcountry makers, connect them with shoppers, and promote business-to-business collaboration.
In addition to regular community events, Lowcountry Made hosts an online directory of local makers, produces newsletters for businesses and shoppers and offers other marketing opportunities to increase their exposure. Below are the people that make it all possible and add so much to the Bluffton community.
Katie Silva, FOUNDER & CEO
Katie Silva founded Lowcountry Made with a mission to promote Lowcountry makers, connect them with shoppers, and promote business to business collaboration.
She is a creative professional and advocate for local makers. She has a passion for all things lovingly handcrafted, the minds of creative people, and local life. Katie has a Master’s degree from Savannah College of Art and Design. As a marketing professional, entrepreneur, and arts major, she understands the difficulty people face turning a passion into a thriving business.
Shannon Gonzales, MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR
Shannon Gonzales is the Membership Coordinator for Lowcountry Made; she helps recruit new members and assists current members with signing up for our Artisan Markets, getting help with promotional materials and more.
Shannon is also the owner and operator of Tout Sweet Macarons. As a military spouse of 10 years, Shannon knows how to take advantage of the opportunities when presented. Since starting out, Shannon has ignited a new craze for French macarons in the Beaufort area, mentored numerous military spouses in their path to entrepreneurship, supported other creators and businesses in numerous markets and local pop-ups, and has been dubbed “mac dealer” by her extraordinary customers!
Andrea Smith, GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Andrea Smith works as a graphic designer for Lowcountry Made.
She’s also the owner of local business 7th & Palm. Bringing over 15 years of professional experience to the table, Andrea’s work includes original art and illustration, a wholesale collection of cards and paper goods, and freelance design services including both print and digital design.
As an award-winning creative professional, she has partnered with a range of small businesses to Fortune 500 clients to strategize, develop, and execute the design of best-in-class content and campaigns.
Heather Bragg, PUBLIC RELATIONS
Heather Bragg is the founder and CEO of Bragg Media Marketing. What started as a small graphic design firm in 2007 soon became a full-service creative marketing agency. Today, Heather and her husband Mike Bragg lead a talented team of graphic designers, writers and web developers who tell compelling and long-lasting stories for a variety of businesses and organizations.
Always custom, never cookie-cutter, the Bragg Media Marketing brand is known for quality, hard work, transparency and results. Heather has built a culture of trust, kindness and motivation.
Bragg Media handles all public relations responsibilities for Lowcountry Made. The marketing agency also designed and maintains Lowcountry Made’s website and logo.
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Alexandria Paige, PHOTOGRAPHER
The majority of the photos you see are this site are from Alexandria, owner of Alexandria Paige Photography.
Alexandria photographs most of Lowcountry Made’s Artisan Markets and pop-up events. She also helps with product photos.
With over 6 years of photography experience, Alexandria is a well-loved photographer in the Lowcountry. She loves taking family and senior portraits, as well as photographing children and babies. But Alexandria can photograph just about anything — including weddings and maternity shoots.