Women Makers, Shopkeepers & Chefs

Each year we love to highlight some of the amazing women who make the Great Western Catskills a special place to be! From makers who have roots five generations strong to those who recently moved here, each woman honors the area for contributing something special to their local business community. From eco-conscious beeswax candles to restoring historic landmarks, the talented and skillful women highlighted below are all doing wonderful things in the Great Western Catskills.


Throw My Life Away
Erica Cantwell Tucker, Pottery Studio Owner

Photos courtesy of Throw My Life Away

Erica Cantwell Tucker has a pottery studio in Delhi, NY, and creates small batch pieces that are handmade and hand painted, often with a seasonal theme and always unique and skillfully crafted. Tucker was born and raised in Delhi, NY, and the area holds a special place in her heart. “I have deep roots in this community and am fortunate to have my studio reside in my great great grandfather’s old gas station,” Erica said. Throw My Life Away pottery can be purchased at the Delhi Farmers’ Market, other local events, and online if you catch the website sale. Erica hosts the occasional Paint Your Own Mug Nights in her studio.

Follow Throw My Life Away on Instagram and Facebook and visit the website to stay up to date on events and sales.


Greentree Home Candle
Jenifer Green, Founder and Creative Director
Jessie Green, Director of Sales

Photos courtesy of Greentree Home

Greentree Home is an eco-conscious, woman-owned company operating in Treadwell, NY, and founded by Jenifer Green in 2000. Greentree home is a mother/daughter business with a creative team of individuals, made up mostly of women, and has garnered acclaim near and far with features in publications such as O: The Oprah Magazine and Martha’s Stewart Living. Greentree Home specializes in sculptural beeswax candles, with made-to-order production to ensure quality in their small batch operation. When asked if Delaware County influences their work, Green replied, “The area is breathtakingly beautiful…the rural lifestyle allows for time and space to explore creativity.”

Follow Greentree Home on Instagram and visit their website to learn more and browse the shop.


Kria World
Johanna Methusalemsdottir, Shopkeeper and Jewelry Designer

Photos courtesy of Kria World

Kria is a lifestyle store and jewelry studio owned by Johanna Methusalemsdottir and partner/husband, Paul Weil, In Margaretville, NY. The shop features “a menagerie of ceramics, glassware, objet d’art, records, books, fine art, apparel, self-care and wellness. We make all of my jewelry between the two of us and only with reclaimed precious metals,” Johanna shared. The Catskills-based Icelandic jewelry designer found her way to the Catskills via NYC with a recommendation from a friend. Johanna’s experience with street fashion and jewelry paired with an open store front in Margaretville, created an opportunity to share her tastes and inspirations with anyone who visits Kria World. 

Explore more on their Instagram and Facebook and browse the available collections on their website. Visit the Kria storefront Wednesdays through Sundays.


LAVA, atelier
Meg Lavalette, Designer

Photos courtesy of LAVA Interiors

Meg Lavalette owns LAVA, atelier in Franklin, NY, as well as a few other design related businesses. “My purpose is to assist people in living well. I believe in quality over quantity; I believe in investing in yourself by investing in your home; and I believe that your home should rise up to meet you,” Meg shared. Meg offers a variety of services from mini virtual consultations to full service design leading a project from conception through completion. She even restores historic landmarks, preserving their history and charm. You can stay at one of her immaculately designed Air Bnbs and visit the storefront for vintage, antique, and custom furnishings and lighting all in Franklin, NY.

Learn more about all of the various LAVA offerings on their website and visit LAVA, atelier on Instagram and in person open weekends from Memorial Day to Thanksgiving.


Chef Deanna
Deanna D’Angelo, Event Catering 

Photos courtesy of Chef Deanna

Deanna D’Angelo has been catering weddings for over 30 years, fulfilling a lifelong passion and enjoyment of cooking for brides on their wedding day. Cooking for brides was always Chef Deanna’s dream and she loves it to this day. Operating out of Bovina Center, NY, Deanna is inspired and influenced by Delaware County. “Being in this area demands a kind of respect for the nature that surrounds us here. So, when I get a delivery from a local farmer I can feel the love and care that went into that product and I always want to honor that when I cook,” Chef Deanna shared. Deanna cooks real food, honoring the season and flavors of the area. 

Learn more about Chef Deanna on her website and follow her on Instagram and Facebook for regular updates.


Want to learn about more talented women in the Great Western Catskills? Last year we featured Women Beverage Makers and Women in the Arts. Read more here.