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Meet Luisa and Brent Ellis of The Anders Collective in Denver

Today we’d like to introduce you to Luisa and Brent Ellis.

Luisa and Brent, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
This collective is named after our firstborn son, Bennett Anders Ellis who passed away on September, 7th 2018. This is our small tribute to him–it’s a way for us to honor his life by creating timeless pieces that encourage us to gather new and old friends. Our Bennett’s brief but significant life continues to remind us that life is a gift meant to be cherished and enjoyed. Creating beauty continues to be an avenue of healing as we wrestle with and grieve the loss of our son.

The other portion of the story goes like this–we happen to share a joint love for all things wood, hosting, and good food. So as we found ourselves at this tragic juncture in life this past Fall and some free space and time, we began creating our reclaimed wood products. Our heart behind our charcuterie boards is really to express to people that creating inviting spaces and hosting can be S I M P L E. So often we stress about making everything look perfect, and perfect is not human and not relatable. Our unique hardwood boards set the stage for you to rummage through your pantry and find whatever may be in there–almonds, chocolate, crackers, and dried fruit. Heck! Pop a bag of popcorn and throw that on the board. We love that our boards begin as functional pieces to display your food and then end as art on the table.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Beginning a small business often feels like being a toddler that’s learning how to walk for the first time–it comes with bumps, bruises and some falls along the way. Although very frustrating at times, we wouldn’t wish those away–the failures and bumps have been our greatest teachers. From learning our individual areas of strength to pricing our products, to finding our niche markets–all of these can’t be discovered without being willing to test the waters. We are still in the throes of all of these things, and the challenge is what makes this little collective so exciting for us. We love working together–even though it’s our little joke that I often double the work for Brent

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Our signature products are our handcrafted charcuterie and cutting boards, which are all created from locally sourced hardwoods. We pride ourselves in our uniquely curated designs and food-safe pieces. In addition to our boards, we also create custom pieces–from bedside tables to sliding barn doors to floating shelves. We love bringing our customers’ ideas and dreams to life and being a small part of making their home something they want to share with others and enjoy.

We are all drawn to story–and what we love about our pieces is that they all come with a story–because that’s the nature of wood. Each piece is one of a kind. But we also hope that our own story behind this little collective is one that will inspire and bring hope to people–that out of great grief and loss, beauty can in fact be born.

What were you like growing up?
We could both be found outside from sunup to sundown–building forts, turning over rocks in creeks near home and exploring the forests in our backyards. Brent was a curious child, always into some sort of innocent mischief. And Luisa could be found rallying the neighborhood kids for any sort of backyard game imaginable. We can both look on our childhood and into early adulthood and see this shared desire for creativity and innovation–be it the race car Brent built from scratch, or the notecard and book-binding business Luisa began years ago. Another shared interest is this love for gathering people and making friends and strangers feel invited and welcomed.

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Image Credit:
photo of Brent and Luisa: Mary Stafford Photography

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