The Making of a Marchione

By Deborah Lynn Blumberg IN THIS SERIES, LOCAL SUN PROFILES LIKE-MINDED BUSINESS OWNERS IN THE HOUSTON AREA. In his Montrose Studio, Stephen Marchione crafts handmade guitars for superstars like paul Simon and Mark Knopfler. Stephen Marchione always dawdled on his way to elementary school. Walking through curving cobblestone streets in Bergamo, Italy, he was drawn to a local instrument maker’s …

Making Handmade Soap in Houston

By Cameryn Burnette Cameron Burnette is an intern at Local Sun, a rising senior at St. John’s School, and a soap maker that owns and operates Coniferous Soap in Houston, TX. I’ve been a soapmaker since the age of 12, and I own and run Coniferous Soap. Today, I’m going through the basic steps of cold process soapmaking. There are …