Our Story

GATHER & MILL was born out of two friend's desires to establish a beautiful space where community could gather and inspire together.  Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Grass Valley, California, owners Erica Henderson and Katie White aim to provide a comfortable and accepting place to learn and grow for locals and tourists alike- no matter your level of creative ability.  We offer space for workshops of all kinds led by talented and charismatic teachers, artists and professionals; plus, a shop that provides gorgeous textiles, clothing and gift items, consciously chosen to be ethically sustainable.  We also provide our space for special events and celebrations, fundraising dinners, pop-up shops and... anything else that might spark a sense of fun, charity or kinship! 

Please let us know what you have planned, and how we can help make your affair a successful experience by sending us an email, or giving us a call- we'd be happy to hear from you!


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Erica Henderson

A collector and vintage lover all her life, Erica loves to bring things back to life; whether it's an old house, a funky dresser or scraps of fabric.  She has an eye for finding gems and seeing beauty in the neglected, discarded & unearthed.

The daughter of artists (her father, a mason & mother, a quilter), Erica was born and raised in the small coastal community of Muir Beach, California, where she grew up surrounded by simplicity and natural elements.  Her family and surroundings have played a huge part in shaping her creative side, and continue to inspire her to this day.

Upon graduating with an MBA in Sustainable Business, she launched Tin Roof Farmhouse as her final thesis, which flourished into her full-time gig.  Now, she's thrilled to bring all of her marketing, merchandising & design experience to GATHER & MILL.  With an eclectic, quirky design sense, she looks forward to curating unique products for the shop and highlighting creatives to inspire the community with workshops. 

GATHER & MILL is the natural next step for Erica to utilize all of her experiences to bring to the foothills community.

 

Katie White

A natural-born artist, Katie is most at peace when she's creating and expressing herself through the arts.  Although she grew up immersed in performance arts (instrumental, acting, singing and dancing), photography is currently her prioritized artistic outlet and profession.

Katie grew up in the beautiful wine country region of Sonoma, California, where her tight-knit community nurtured her passion for authentic kinship and activity.  She moved to the Sierra Foothills in 2011 with her husband (a glass artist) and two children, and immediately fell in love with the creative community and beautiful surroundings, which offers non-stop inspiration and activities for her whole family.

She founded Katie White Photography over six years ago and loves connecting with people and capturing the beauty of life through her camera lens.  Prior to running her photography business, she gained experience in high-end retail, where her talents in design & marketing shined.  She also taught at a children's art academy & theater company.  With all of these combined experiences and connections, Katie is thrilled to apply her skills at GATHER & MILL.