We are Chet Garner and Vincent Friedewald, two Texas-loving entrepreneurs who’ve found our post-legal career callings in celebrating the place we call home, the great State of Texas. Chet is host of The Daytripper, an Emmy award-winning television series that visits the best of Texas travel destinations. Vincent is founder and CEO of Texas lifestyle brand, No. 4 St. James.
We’ve teamed up to create Texas Works because we believe there are compelling stories to be told, and we’re excited to tell them: Important stories, about remarkable Texans with extraordinary talents and enough courage and enough crazy to become product entrepreneurs.
Now’s a good time to be an entrepreneur in Texas. Millions of people and thousands of businesses have moved here during the last decade. They’re drawn by many of the same promises that lured earlier Americans to the young Republic of Texas: cheap land; low taxes; room to roam; and the chance to pursue what God intended them to pursue without interference: the promise of freedom.
These promises can be summarized as a simple but powerful idea: Texas Works. And it’s an idea expressed daily by Texas makers and manufacturers, artisans and craftsmen.
We’ve created Texas Works to be a place to celebrate these creators. Our goal is to present a variety of engaging channels where you can discover extraordinary products and meet the people behind them. We aim to please makers and consumers alike: For the makers, we’ll host an annual awards program and conference. For consumers, we’ll host a marketplace and pop-up stores across Texas. And for both, we’ll produce original content—video and written—that will entertain and inspire.
We want to show the world a different perspective on authentic life in Texas, using products as a novel touchstone. Hopefully, as you explore Texas Works online, you’ll better appreciate the scope of talent and enterprise in Texas; if so, we will have achieved what we set out to do.
Chet Garner, Georgetown
Vincent Friedewald, Austin