It’s been an incredible few years getting to know you and building this movement to support America’s craftsmen. You may have noticed we’ve been quiet in recent months. We’ve had This Land on hold while I’ve explored a new calling.
In the last year, it’s become clear that our country has become divided and dysfunctional. I don’t believe things will get better on their own. In a couple of days, This Land will close for the foreseeable future so I can focus on running for US Congress in my home of North Carolina’s 9th District.
For me, This Land started on a road trip through Kentucky where I saw too many local shops standing vacant along the way. This inspired me to try and reconnect with America’s time-honored tradition of homemade, handmade craftsmanship. After four years, I’m so proud to say that we have provided more than 50 of America’s most inspiring and talented artists with the spotlight and recognition they deserve.
This Land was a passion project for me: a social enterprise that was always about the mission of supporting America’s craftsmen and women. There will always be a special place in my heart for our artists – amazing folks who get up every day to create goods with hard work, integrity, and their own two hands.
I’m grateful for the support of my wife, Laura, a former children’s attorney who is deeply engaged in our community and for Jackie Gomez, our CEO, for her tireless efforts leading This Land, and for the many folks who contributed to this effort along the way.
To you, our customers: I’m so glad you’ve joined us on this journey. Thank you for all of your support over the years. I hope the unique pieces you found on our site will always remind you of the values associated with America’s timeless tradition of handmade craftsmanship and with our very American spirit. That’s what This Land has been and will always be about.
We will be turning off our website and emails in a day or two. I hope our paths cross again someday. Until then, I wish you nothing but the best.