About Katherine

Everything that's old is new again....

We are thrilled every time someone clicks on our site and chooses a gift or a treat for themselves.

Before I created The Ant and The Grasshopper and Country Home, I was a busy insurance agent.  But then a whole bunch of laws were passed and they really limited the scope and my ability to continue in that profession.

But then…

One day I had an idea.  I thought it would be nice to open a retail shop.  I worked with a lot of artists and learned about being in business for myself.

I was concerned that I wouldn’t be successful in a world where retail local shops compete with Amazon.

How to test the market, I wondered….

I posted in a local group on FB and received so much support and love that I decided to give it a shot.

I set out to create a shopping experience that would be so fun that people would want to leave their homes to come see it.  A place where the family oriented Mom could find or create or customize gifts that everyone would love.

It turns out, the road was more difficult than I had imagined.

Changing people’s shopping habits is really hard.  Competing with computers is pretty tough.  That’s when I doubled down to help find and create really personal gifts and decor for a traditional American home.

We opened The Ant and The Grasshopper in Chester in 2017 to a great welcome and The Maker’s Space in 2018.  Most recently, we opened Country Home in 2019 in Bernardsville.  We hope you will enjoy shopping among our custom and often hand made, carefully curated and painstakingly selected gifts and home decor.