VISIT OUR WORKSHOP
We do not have a physical store. But if you are in the Naperville, IL (Chicago) area you can visit our workshop and see our products. To schedule a visit, please contact us. Let us know which products you are interested in seeing (or a general idea, for example: "wedding candles") and some suggested times you would like to visit.
Also, check out our Etsy shop dahliaWeddingBaptism!
Terry - Founder, CEO, Designer
Terry (Eleftheria or Ελευθερἰα) was born and raised in Hania, a seaside town on the Greek island of Crete. As a teen, she moved to the United States on her own and started a new life. With many close family members and ties still in Greece, she is very attuned to Greek Orthodox culture and traditions. With her husband she has raised four children, now all young adults.
She started her career as a surgical nurse, practicing for 20 years. Later finding herself drawn to more artistic pursuits, she worked as an interior decorator, silk-flower designer, and faux-finish and mural artist.
Fatima - Seamstress, Designer
Fatima has a passion for sewing, and is our head "sewist"; She sews both expertly and artistically! At an age of 8, her older sister began teaching her to sew. At 12, she began formal seamstress training under the direction of a neighborhood friend. She has sewn as a hobby all her life and makes some of her own clothes. She also loves expressing her creativity and craftiness through crocheting. We hope to employ more of Fatima's skills in our future products!
She was born and lived in Portugal where she was a high school math teacher for 15 years. In 2015, she moved with her husband and children to the US. Hobbies include biking, hiking and photography. She usually takes so many pictures of nature that she drives her family crazy. One of her favorite things about the US is the availability of volunteering work. With her fellow Portuguese speakers, she volunteers and raises money for a homeless shelter, the Hesed House. Fundraisers include selling homemade crafts, where she showcases all her crocheting jewelry!
Terry met Fatima when their daughters played together on the high school Ultimate Frisbee team.
Hope - Shipping & Operations
Hope keeps our shop running smoothly, dealing with the day-to-day details of new orders, incoming supplies, and outgoing shipments. She helps in getting our processes documented and running smoothly, so we can consistently make high-quality products. And she pushes us to stay organized and efficient!
After growing up in Illinois, she studied German Language and International Studies in Ohio. Back in Illinois with us now, she enjoys crocheting and crafting; spending time with family and friends; and traveling and baking. About the job, she says, "I learn something new everyday at Dahlia and am very happy with the job and the people I have met."
Sofia - Senior Designer
With a degree in fashion design (specialized in textile design), a strong business sense, and a love of crafts, we are lucky to have Sofia on the Dahlia team. She makes and designs many of our products, and is always contributing new ideas and methods.
Sofia speaks 4 languages and has lived around the world. Even though she loves taking trips a couple times a year to visit family in Portugal, the USA is her favorite place to live.
Marcia - Designer
Our newest team member, Marcia is quickly learning to make all the core products including candles and boubonieres. She has always enjoyed doing crafty projects including painting, decoupage and stainless-steel projects.
Born and raised in Brazil, Marcia moved here just 4 years ago and Dahlia is her first job in the US. In Brazil, she studied interior design and ran a dry-cleaning business. With her fellow Portuguese speakers, she volunteers to raise money and cook for the families of a homeless shelter, the Hesed House.
Caitlin - Website Manager
Caitlin is responsible for whipping our website into shape, clearly and creatively describing the features of the never-ending stream of new products.
Caitlin is studying Psychology at the University of Iowa. She often works remotely from campus, or when she is home for the holidays. She has always enjoyed arts and crafts from a very young age. So much so that her family had to get a new kitchen table because of the mess her "craftiness" made! At school, she is involved in the art club and with her sorority.
Marina - Senior Designer
What can we say about Marina?? She does a bit of it all... shoots and edits product and action photos; manages Dahlia's social media; designs and makes products; and organizes and writes product instruction guides. Though she has the shortest commute (as the daughter of the "Boss"), she is the one that is most often late to work.😉
She is studying Aerospace Engineering at the Iowa State University. She is a leader in the Aircraft Design Club and enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, traveling, and puppies. She views working at Dahlia as an "internship" on starting your own business.
Steve - Finance & Accounting; Operations
Steve, manages the finances of the business, keeping close tabs on all revenue, expenses and capital investments. He also assists on operations, building tools and stations to assist in the production process.
Scott - Chief Technology Officer
Scott brings years of experience in the high tech world of semiconductors, computers and consumer electronics. He is focused on getting our products in front of more potential customers and making the buying experience more pleasant and frictionless.
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