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Eliza quits her job—launches The Sill in her brother’s office at 26 years old. Pays rent to her brother in bagels.
The Sill team designs our first line of ceramic planters while working out of that same office space, now under 1" of potting soil.
Our first shop opens in New York City. A 100 sq ft urban oasis next to a dollar slice pizza place.
The Sill starts hosting in-store plant care workshops to connect with our customers. People actually show up.
Still bootstrapped, we surpass $1MM in annual revenue for the first time—a feat only 2% of female-led businesses achieve.
After 5 years, Eliza begins to fundraise. Dollars invested in sole female founders at that time represent <2% of venture funding.
Eliza, now pregnant with Faye, is featured alongside The Sill in the New York Times - immediately goes into labor (adds “Mom” to her resume.)
We partner with The Metropolitan Museum of Art for their 150th anniversary on art-inspired planters. A big apple dream.
The pandemic emphasizes the importance of cultivating the spaces we inhabit. We lean on, and learn more from, our houseplants first-hand. We open shops in Chicago, Williamsburg, and Boston.
Continuing to grow, we join Blank Street Coffee in Park Slope (because what’s better than coffee & plants?)—and turn 10 years old!