“Boho and a dash of sass”—that’s how sisters Ashley and Katie Futris describe their metal art designs. Inspired by their mother’s initiative to start her own business making displays for marathon medals, the sisters launched Kaktos Rose in 2016. Based in Waco, they fabricate wall hangings and garden stakes with thoughtful or clever sayings. Among their popular designs are metal signs in the shape of the Lone Star State proclaiming “True Texan.”
At her studio in Hutto, Jae Benjamin crafts small batches of cold-process soaps and hand-poured soy candles using all-natural ingredients. Her artisan bath, body, and home products often contain organic herbs, raw honey, and plant-based essential oils, and some feature inventive additions like coffee beans and stout beer. Benjamin started out small at an Austin farmers market in 2014, but now her wares can be found at select shops across the nation.