Mill City Workshop began years before we officially opened up shop. I (Lindsey) come from a long line of makers. From a young age I was surrounded by examples of family members following their creative passions. My Grandfather Otis was a folk artist who created fish decoys, wrote poetry and songs, and was an avid gardener. My mother and her sisters have never met a craft or repurposing project that they wouldn't take on, and their examples fueled my passion for creating things. As a child I spent many hours scrapbooking, building tree forts, and making stained glass windows. As an adult I began by creating unique items for my children's rooms, designing and selecting each material as a reflection of their personalities and my love for them. This branched out into making things for other areas of our home, creating a warm and welcoming environment that makes us look forward to coming home each day. A place for our family and memories to grow.
My husband Patrick also grew up surrounded by creativity, however of a different variety. My father-in-law's ability to visualize the potential of undeveloped land and to see that vision to fruition led to my husbands passion for home design. He began hand drafting homes as a child, later to go on to design and build custom homes. These days he designs homes for a national builder for his full time job and splits his free time working in our shop and spending time with our family.
Together we share a vision for our own home and family. We are constantly planning and executing home improvement projects in our own home and creating home decor for our own home, as gifts, and for family members. Through all of this we decided that we would like to pursue our creative passions more seriously, and thus Mill City Workshop was born. The name "Mill City Workshop" was inspired by the nearby City of Minneapolis, nicknamed the "Mill City". Many of the early moments of our relationship took place in Minneapolis, and thus it holds a special spot in both of our hearts.