Fayetteville/Fort Bragg/ Sandhills NC

VOL6 ISS2 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — FAYETTEVILLE | FORT BRAGG | SANDHILLS REGION VOLUME 6 — ISSUE 2 38 BUSINESS EXCLUSIVE: R. RIVETER What began as two military spouses in a small attic, armed with a big idea, one sewing machine and a little bit of canvas, has grown into a bold and achievable mission shared by many: to inspire, engage and empower. The R. Riveter movement captures the humble and courageous spirit of Rosie the Riveter and channels it into every American handmade purse and handbag we produce. R. Riveter is: Owned by Military Spouses; Providing portable careers to Military Spouses; Producing quality handbags and purses, hand crafted by Military Spouses. Our story begins in Dahlonega, GA - home of the Appalachian Trail, moonshine, and the 5th Ranger Training Battalion. It's a cozy small town, and where the idea for R. Riveter was born. When R. Riveter was launched, we knew it wasn't enough to simply call our products American Made. Every part and piece that went into an R. Riveter handbag — from the hand stitched liners to the hand cut leather — would be crafted by and secured with purpose by thoughtful and genuine hands. Some will simply call it a handbag. We call it a mission. R. RIVETER Meet The Cofounders: Cameron Cruse is from the South and Lisa Bradley is from the North. Cameron likes sweet tea and Lisa likes hers straight up (maybe not always with alco- hol, but definitely no sugar). Cameron swears by her Mac and Lisa won't use anything but a PC. Cameron designs her space with furniture floating throughout the room and Lisa pushes everything up against a wall. It was no wonder their loved ones were advising them to really think about going into business together. Could two friends, who were complete opposites, become successful business partners? It was a great idea, for sure: designing and creating authentic canvas handbags, using repurposed military materials, and providing other military spouses with a portable and sustainable income. Fast forward four years into the future, and their com- pany, R. Riveter, is thriving. The decision Cameron and Lisa made created a company that provides income to Military Spouse Riveters from all over the country. They also have a team of marketing and sales professionals, a popular shop in downtown Southern Pines, NC and have been featured in various publications and media stories. And guess what? Through it all, Cameron and Lisa have become closer than >>

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