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About Us

Our Story

Green City Living was started in 2011 by a mother who is also a nurse, wife and fledgling tree hugger.  

                      

Kathy Rohret, Owner

 

Rachel Rohret, Business Manager, Sales Representative & Maker

Rachel is a kinda crunchy, kinda unapologetically corner-cutting mom living in  Iowa City, Iowa. Rachel is the maker and designer behind many of the Green City Living products. She's the sales representative you'll see at our midwest markets. When she isn't sewing up a storm in her basement studio, Rachel also enjoys hiking, low-budget road-tripping, and drinking craft beer on a patio.

 

Meet the Team

Deb Stamper, Production Supervisor & Maker

Deb enjoys sewing and crafting with materials she can recycle.  She also loves to be outdoors hiking, fishing and rock hounding are activities she enjoys as well as traveling with her husband on their Harley.  

 

Holly Lancaster
Rock Star Mask Maker +
  Holly has been sewing since a young age, perfecting her skills through years of dedication and experience.
 
Among her current interests is crafting historical clothing and costumes of all genres. Her unique hand and machine-made creations are inspired by history as well as television, movies, and pop culture.
 
In addition to sewing, Holly enjoys knitting a variety of garments — such as shawls, gloves, and sweaters— in addition to making 3D props to accentuate her costumes.

 

Kelsey Johnson, Maker

Kelsey Johnson is a fashion designer born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She attended Colorado State University for undergraduate studies in Apparel Design before receiving her degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco, California. More recently she earned her BFA from Academy of Art University with a concentration in Knitwear Design.
Originating in the beautiful state of Colorado, she draws much of her inspiration from nature and has a strong passion for sustainable practices. She has also  a knitwear and accessory company called ElseWear Collective and now has her own brick and mortar store!  We are so happy for her successes but sad that we only get to see her now on occasion now when she has a rare free day to come help.

 

Stephanie Rohret Maker

Stephanie Rohret lives in Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, Brian and daughter, Charlotte.  Stephanie is the maker behind the Fluff Dry Wool Dryer Balls, Soap Savers, and Reuse Ware.  She's also one of the faces you're likely to see at our midwest markets! Though she has previously been a very successful manager in the retail industry, the fact that her current work can help to make a better world for Charlotte fuels the energy she puts into her work.

 

Grandma Sara Webb, Bowl Bonnet Maker

Sara is the mother of our founder, Kathy Rohret, and the person to whom she owes her creativity, ingenuity and grit. Sara has sewed most of her life, but also has enjoyed knitting—operating a custom knitwear business for several years, painting porcelain, refinishing wood, and just about every other creative pursuit she could get her hands on. She has spent countless hours with her grandchildren helping them to “make stuff”, including some beautiful quilts. Sara is the creative hand behind our very popular Bowl Bonnets line.

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