Entries by Jonathan Lowe


PrismAura Candles Sell with the Power of Soy

Sniff Test: With one whiff, customers are hooked on scented soy candles by PrismAura Candles. Three years ago, Veronica Crosby and her sister were making candles for fun, when Crosby decided she wanted to start her own collection of scents. “I couldn’t find high quality candles at affordable prices, so I decided to make my […]


Chocolate or Jewelry: Why Not Have Them Both?

As the old adage goes, everything old becomes new again. Take chocolate for instance: on any given Wednesday Mark Mayers uses a 114-year-old recipe and takes eight hours to prepare more than 15 varieties of gourmet chocolate to sell the next day at the Westchase District Farmers Market. “My great grandmother emigrated from Germany to […]


Taste the Dom Perignon of Salsas

After 17 years as a history teacher and track and football coach, Shane Nobles started making fresh, all natural salsa as a way to spend more time with his three young daughters. “My oldest would help with the jars and we’d head to the Tomball farmer’s market together,” he said. “We made 52 jars for […]

A Little Sno with Your Streusel?

A consistent presence at Westchase District Farmers Market since 2014, Julia Puig Jordan has delighted customers with her authentic European pastries, jams and salad dressings. “My blueberry streusel and German melting cookies are my most popular pastries,” she said. “While berry medley and peach brandy are my top selling flavors of jam. The dressings can […]

Barbecue: Salt, Pepper, Smoke and Patience

Sometimes the right birthday gift can change your life. In December 2014, Mustafa Ali’s sister and dad bought him a barbecue smoker grill and the young accountant began cooking briskets. “I grew up in the kitchen with my family and so when I started barbecuing meats, something just clicked and I knew I had to […]