The Good Supply is like an 8-year old tree growing up in the woods along the coast of Maine. It dawned as an idea while its originator Catherine McLetchie worked with Katie and Amy Carson of Bitters Co. in the Pacific Northwest.
Katie and Amy taught Catherine what business can look like when the goal is to be friends with everyone for real. Their business focuses on heritage crafts, resourceful materials, and good design. They continue to support Catherine and The Good Supply by way of advice, family vacation hosting, and handmade products from Bitters Co., which you'll notice as a Maine Exception.
Wellesley College was instrumental in teaching Catherine that open-mindedness, inclusive excellence, and women are healthy for community building. The small but mighty liberal arts college promotes an unofficial declaration regarding its student body, which is, "Women who will make a difference in the World."
While taking that message to heart, Catherine brings her talents to her rural community in Midcoast Maine. Everyone can make a difference, and everyone matters. That's part of The Good Supply's message - people and community are top priorities.
Education is also important to The Good Supply. Reaching deeper to figure out when and how The Good Supply came to be, credit can be given to the Gullah Community thanks to its remarkable basketry in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
A strong public school arts program brought Gullah women into Catherine's classroom when she was a child. They taught students the art of sweetgrass basket making. To learn that one can turn pine needles that have fallen and grasses that are carefully harvested into useful art is mind-expanding.
Years later, it's becoming clear that what makes The Good Supply special is rooted deeper than in just one person's life. Creativity relates all humans. The Good Supply exists today to celebrate creativity as a value for every person - not just in Maine, but everywhere.
To touch on heritage crafts regarding The Good Supply's connection with Bitters Co. and to explain Catherine's affinity with sweetgrass basket making in the Gullah Community would be misplaced without mention of the physical roots of The Good Supply.
The Good Supply barn is located in the township of Pemaquid in the town of Bristol, Maine. The land we inhabit is Native Land, the ancestral land of the Wabanaki people. Basket making and more have been a part of indigenous culture for countless generations. It is clear that this land we share provides abundance in its creative partnership with people by giving us necessity, material, and inspiration.