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Ben Wiese

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Casa Chocolates

By Ben Wiese | May 16, 2022

Food & Beverage Texas

Co-founder Brian Mikiten takes an approach to chocolate-making influenced by a long career in manufacturing and Texas' vaunted barbecue biz.

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Piper Sandals

By Ben Wiese | May 02, 2022

Consumer & Lifestyle Texas

Founder Dave Piper knows a thing or two about quality craftsmanship: He's made tens of thousands of pairs of sandals by hand in the last half-century.

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The Happy Toy Maker

By Ben Wiese | Apr 18, 2022

Consumer & Lifestyle Texas

Founder Jerry Sims balances manufacturing of rock-solid toys with teaching local students welding and other skills.

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Kaurina's Kulfi

By Ben Wiese | Apr 04, 2022

Food & Beverage Texas

The Singh family is manufacturing a South Asian dessert based on a recipe that's been passed down for several generations.

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Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co.

By Ben Wiese | Apr 03, 2022

Brewing & Distilling Texas

The first mover in Texas distilling is putting a Lone Star spin on bourbon.

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Trailside Creative

By Ben Wiese | Feb 14, 2022

Consumer & Lifestyle Supply Chain Texas

Founder and Design Principal Kyle Ellison helps clients create and perfect products that get people outdoors.

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Homescape Pets

By Ben Wiese | Feb 14, 2022

Cannabis & Hemp Consumer & Lifestyle Texas

Co-founders Nana and Marcus Pfeifer's ethos is simple: Don't give your pets anything you wouldn't take yourself.

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Funky Mello

By Ben Wiese | Jan 17, 2022

Food & Beverage Texas

Co-founders Zach Harper and Delisa Johnson are manufacturing the plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free marshmallow creme of your dreams.

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MAKO Design + Invent

By Ben Wiese | Jan 02, 2022

Consumer & Lifestyle Supply Chain California Texas

Founder Kevin Mako has approached product development with a turnkey approach spanning design, prototyping, and manufacturing.

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PAKMULE

By Ben Wiese | Dec 12, 2021

Consumer & Lifestyle Texas

Founder Kansas Sartin has taken an innovative automotive accessory to market, and now plans to scale manufacturing of his slick cargo carriers.