Our Story

Would you rather fit in, or stand out?

When you stop and think about it, that's actually a very difficult question.  From sitting with the cool kids at the lunch table in elementary school to counting the likes on your x-pro filtered, tilt-shifted Instagram of last night's dinner, we're all looking to fit in with the crowd.  While standing out can be exhilarating, fitting in usually feels more comfortable.

At Trade & John, we decided to shift our thinking.  What if we could live our lives knowing that we're already accepted, and that we already fit in?  What if we could just be who we were made to be, regardless of what anyone else says?  We believe people are starving for a place to stand out, even if they don't fit in.  We believe community is best driven by the passions of uniquely-gifted individuals with the common bond of pursuing a passion to impact a cause greater than ourselves.

Some might think that food styling and woodworking are an unlikely combination.  And on many levels they may be right.  But amazing things happen when passions intersect.  We find purpose in our common bonds instead of focusing only on our differences.  

At Trade & John, we believe each and every one of us has been carefully chosen and appointed with a purpose to make a difference in the world.  We exist to create carefully chosen treasures for the carefully chosen network of your community.

As hard as it can be sometimes, standing out is really much more rewarding than fitting in.

"You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit - fruit that will last ..."

John 15:16a

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