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Stand Together To Demand Change

Enough is enough. While there is no perfect action right now, we know any action is better than no action. Educating ourselves on the reality of racism, challenging people in power, attending peaceful protests, donating to causes fighting injustice, raising up the voices of people of color, loving each other – these are all actions that make a difference.

We know it can be overwhelming to know where to begin, so here are some resources that we found helpful. Join us to take action to better understand ourselves, love our neighbors and stand together to demand change.

Change Policy
Want to advocate for policy change in your city? Campaign Zero launched #8CantWait: 8 policies that, when combined, have the power to reduce police violence that results in death in our major cities by up to 72%. They don’t need Congress, or an executive order. Mayors and police chiefs can implement them immediately. We just have to ask them to.
Step 1: Go to 8cantwait.org and search for your city. The website will show you which of the 8 policies, if any, your city has implemented, along with contact info for your mayor.
Step 2: Call or email your major asking them to ensure that all 8 policies are implemented in your community.

Donate
If you can, please donate with us to:
Black Lives Matter
ACLU
NAACP

Our Client Family Doing Good

We are proud to help our client family as they forge forward with their socially conscious businesses to offer support for those impacted by the coronavirus and their continued support to the community as a whole. Below are some of their stories we’d like to share.

 

 


Photo credit: Nourish

Nourish

In addition to their daily operations, our friends at Nourish are working with the national organization Frontline Foods and World Central Kitchen to feed our healthcare workers and first responders with as many meals as possible. Want to make sure our frontline workers are getting the nourishment they need to do their heroic work? Donate at nourishcharlotte.com All funds donated to the cause will go directly to feed people on the front line of this crisis.

 

 


Photo credit: Muddy River Distillery

Muddy River Distillery

Muddy River Distillery shifted production to create clean, non-toxic hand sanitizer for first responders and now have it available for the whole family. You can visit them at their distillery Wednesdays & Saturdays 12pm – 5pm for curbside pick up. Visit muddyriverdistillery.com for more info.

 

 


Photo credit: Rivendell Farms

Rivendell Farms of the Carolinas

Rivendell Farms of the Carolinas has put together a map of emergency food sources for the Charlotte area. Resources include drive-up distribution points, free lunch program locations and resources for seniors and children. To access the map please visit cltfoodmap.maps.arcgis.com

 

 


Photo credit: Eight + Sand Kitchen

Eight + Sand Kitchen

When you spend $25 or more, you will be passing on a donation of 15% directly to their team members who are suffering with lay offs and/or extremely reduced hours and need help during this time. The more you spend, the more assistance you provide. More at eightandsandkitchen.com

 

 


Photo credit: Freshlist

Freshlist

For a way to support local farms, farmers and food artisans, Freshlist has launched an online market. You can order anything from farm fresh meats, eggs, cheese and produce to meal kits and premade vegan meals. Order for pick up at designated locations around Charlotte or for delivery at freshlist.com

 

 


Photo credit: PCG

Piedmont Culinary Guild

Piedmont Culinary Guild and their Executive Director, Kris Reid, have been working hard to stay up to date on the most current information regarding COVID-19 to share with the community and help to support farmers, farms and the F&B industry. Visit piedmontculinaryguild.com for more information or consider donating to them so that they can continue to offer support to maintain our local food system.

 

 


Photo credit: Sweet’s

Sweet’s Syrup

Sweet’s All Natural Elderberry Syrup is packed with antioxidants and vitamins that boost your immune system and help prevent and ease allergy, cold and flu symptoms. Especially in times like these, boosting your immune system and staying healthy is incredibly important. Sweet’s donates a portion of their profits to local causes and initiatives including providing school lunches for kids in need and the Isabella Santos Foundation. You can order online at sweetssyrup.com or around several retail locations throughout the Southeast.

 

 


Photo credit: Inizio Pizza

Inizio Pizza

Inizio Pizza was able to provide 100 pizzas to Charlotte’s medical professionals and hospital staff thanks to Caroline Elliott’s #CLTStrong campaign which is supporting local restaurants as well as frontline workers during the current crisis. Inizio is continuing with business and supporting their staff and the medical community as much as they can through these trying times. You can order online for curbside pickup (or delivery through one of their partners). More at iniziopizza.com

 

 


Photo credit: The Chef’s Farmer

Dogwood Meadows Farm

Dogwood Meadows Farm is a third generation family-owned farm in Gastonia and farmed by Jamie Swofford (The Chef’s Farmer). They offer sustainably grown produce including a Quarter Bag CSA available for pick up each week at Free Range Brewing. Follow them and learn more at instagram.com/dogwoodmeadowsfarm

 

 


Photo credit: Milk Glass Pie

Milk Glass Pie

Milk Glass Pie has launched #FrontPorchPie, a weekly delivery of freshly baked pie delivered to your door (or front porch, if you will). The pies are made from scratch using all local ingredients from local farms and often sell out. Buy a pie for yourself or a neighbor (while respecting social distancing of course) and share some goodness and pie love in the world. Visit milkglasspie.com to order.

 

 


Photo credit: Pure Intentions Coffee

Pure Intentions Coffee

Pure Intentions Coffee is offering bulk coffee delivery directly to your doorstep to help you get through your day working from home. They’re also offering online classes. Pure Intentions Coffee is a big supporter of the community, serve on several nonprofit boards and work hard to train and support their staff as well as many F&B folks in the region. Check them out and support this small business as they support and fuel Charlotte. More at pureintentionscoffee.com

Our Mindful & Good Manifesto

The world needs more good. Design with purpose. Be a force for good. Practice gratitude. Start a real and rich conversation. Get clear on how you define mindfulness. Practice a morning meditation. Bring thoughtfulness into your work. Create a better world. Live a life of purpose. Let that pedestrian cross the street. (We promise you won’t be late.) Use the word ‘design’ as a noun and a verb. Move the plants to a sunny spot in the house. Reduce the climate impact of your work. Be here now. Walk in faith. Evolve. Drive positive change. Bring your own container. Listen to your intuition. Focus on sustainability. Find crisp, clean fresh air. See the glimmer in everything. Respect the bike lane. Speak your new favorite four letter word – hope. Believe in Mother Earth. Invest time each year in causes and initiatives that light up your soul. Run outside. Let it go. Ask yourself – can I reuse or recycle this? Know that mindfulness is personal. Walk there. Grow herbs on your kitchen window sill. Make someone’s life a little easier today. Unplug. Read the label. Look at the world with bright eyes and genuine spirit. Ask yourself – do I really need to purchase this? Purpose and passion work together. (They actually ignite each other.) Open the window, and take a big, deep breath in. Gift yourself a digital detox. Travel off the grid. Find your middle path between minimal and modern. Seek innovative practices in mind, body and spirit. Eat local. Seek magic. Do good. We’re all in this together.

We are Mindful & Good.
Sustainable Design That Ignites Positive Change.

We Are Mindful & Good. Sustainable Design That Ignites Positive Change.

Even during these uncertain times, we’d still like to honor the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and celebrate our studio’s 20 years in business. So we’re excited to share our rebrand and new name with you.

Since our founding in 2000, Rachel Martin Design has evolved. What started with founder and design director, Rachel Martin, is now a powerful and strategic team of collaborative partners who work with clients of all shapes and sizes. We thought it just the right time to rename our studio to align with our overall mission of sustainable design for mindful and conscious brands that use business as a force for good.

We are still the driven, inventive and strategic design studio you’ve come to know and love over two decades. We just have a fresh name to match our spirit.

We’re excited to share this new chapter with you and invite you to explore our new website, follow us on social media @mindfulandgood and reach out with any questions or just to say “hello”.

We appreciate you and look forward to continuing our good work creating a better world together.