The Team

MERL (she/her)
Owner + Designer
Gemini | @clydesrebirth
Merl founded The Shudio over 5 years ago with the goal of showing people the many ways you can be a greener consumer and still feel modern and fresh. She loves to talk sustainability anytime, anywhere and about any topic within that umbrella. She's our resident cat lady, even naming her in house jewelry line after her beloved late Clyde, and in warm weather you're likely to find her mothering some baby kittens in the studio. She loves learning new words, discovering introspective podcasts and Lizzo dance breaks. She admits to being a human alocasia who thrives in bright light and hates hovering attention, but her favorite plant is the humble pothos for it's myriad of colorways and easy propogation. Merl's home and wardrobe are filled with thrifted, one of a kind treasures and she further practices her mantra of conscious consumerism by living a vegetarian life, and supporting other small businesses. 

 

JO (she/her)
Event + Shop Manager
Aries | @johanna.bananas
Ready for action and full of new ideas, Jo is your gal. All of the amazing events are a result of Jo’s passion and initiative, as she loves to make new connections. With experience in landscaping and appreciation for architecture, Jo marries the two into beautiful shop displays. Off the clock, you’ll find Jo out and about, working out (while motivationally yelling), or singing. Ever seen 5+ shades of beige all at once? That’s a Jo! Tough on the outside, yet a true softie on the inside, Jo’s plant twin is an aloe vera. Her favorite is a goldfish plant because of the funky goldfish-shaped flowers it produces. Jo lives sustainably by thinking resourcefully, crafting her home goods, practicing garden-to-table, and buying second hand.

TREES (she/her)
Digital Marketing Manager
Cancer | @mgapuno
With a nickname you can’t forget, comes an even more unforgettable pun she’ll probably tell you. For all things digital and visual, Trees has you covered. With a background in business management and marketing, Trees loves questioning the“why?”, creating conversation from empathy into communication. When she isn’t working, Trees is most likely being a homebody with her maltese/westie Badu, dancing, or going to concerts with her partner. Moody, but striving for balance, Trees’ plant twin is a calathea. Her favorite is a philodendron hope because of how wholesome they make any home feel. Trees lives sustainably by actively unlearning unsustainable practices, creating a more versatile closet, and exploring DIY skincare.

VE (she/her)
Shop Associate
Leo / Cancer | @hello.vanessarey
Upon entering our shop, you'll be greeted by a warm hello and a contagious smile. As our newest edition to the team, Ve brings positive energy to the table and a mutual love for plants. After deciding to take a break from corporate America, Ve is pursuing her ambitions in human-centered design and Spanish translation. In her freetime, Ve enjoys the simple life: yoga on Sunday mornings, spending time with her nephew, and dates at the nearby conservatory. Just like her personality, Ve rocks warm-toned pieces with confidence in mind. If Ve was a plant, she’d be a peace lily for its prosperity and coziness. Her favorite is a heartleaf philodendron because of the heart-shaped leaves and dark green color.