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Learn Our Story

Jamie and I are indeed partners in business and in life. We married in 2000 after meeting “on-the-water” in Southport, NC and soon created our first Mad River business: Home Building. I managed the “business” side while Jamie, with his 20+ years of building experience, worked his craft as a fine carpenter and hands-on builder. It was named Mad River after Jamie’s hometown and favorite ski area in Vermont. We built the business during the boom years in Southport and it was a grand time all around until the market crash of 2008. With a crippled economy and business, Jamie and I left Southport in 2010 bound for a new adventure and landed in Jamie’s old stomping grounds…Vermont. The adventure lasted a few short years until Southern-born me soon found the cold winters too much to bear and by 2013 we decided to come “home” to Southport.

With the economy improving, we the resilient couple that we are hit the reset button. Jamie continued doing the only thing he’s ever done...carpentry...and I set out to follow a long time dream of opening a home decor store. Mad River Studio & Store became a reality in 2014 and the Mad River brand was expanded from Building House to Creating Home.

 


Meet Us

Gwen

Gwen

Owner & Designer

Favorite pastime: flea market shopping
Inspired by risk
Prefers shoes over hair products
Lives with Jamie, Sailor & Fish.

Jamie

Jamie

Carpentry, Construction & Honey Do

Loves sailboat racing
Self-taught weatherman
Man of a few words
Lives with Gwen, Sailor & Fish.

Maureen

Maureen

Sales Maven

Loves dancing and Sundays on the beach
Enthusiastic employee; loyal friend
Always arrives put together
Lives with her husband, Bob.

kathleen

Kathleen

Social Media & Marketing

Inspired by great food & adventure
Loves to make us laugh
Mother of 2 fabulous grown girls
Lives with her cat, Tigger.

Jacky

Jacky

Inventory Management & Artist

Avid runner, traveler & reader
Loves to rescue animals
Favorite passport stamp: Laos
Lives with her Maine coon cat, Oscar.

Sailor

Sailor

Shop Dog

Eager greeter & store detective
A little shy at first
Loves treats & cardboard
Lives with Gwen, Jamie & Fish.

Fish

Fish

Assistant Shop Dog

Avid barker & inventory destroyer
Doesn’t follow directions well (aka born deaf)
Loves treats & tummy rubs
Lives with Gwen, Jamie & Fish.