Cary Magazine Movers & Shakers: Michelle Smith

Position: Owner of Gather; prop stylist, photographer and illustrator; founder of the Rock & Shop Market

Favorite accomplishment: “Creating a community in the Triangle that celebrates maker entrepreneurs, and helping to revitalize specific under-appreciated neighborhoods in downtown Durham, Raleigh and now Cary.”

Motivation: “To create what I wish existed, and to create more dynamic and interwoven communities.”

Biggest challenge: “Working capital. Gather is self-funded and I need to raise about $35,000 to help the business grow. I am looking into Small Business Administration loans and crowdfunding.”

Guiding philosophy: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Fun fact: “I’ve always wanted to renovate a barn into a home and live in it.”

Advice: “Be nimble and learn to roll with the punches.”

B.J. Lambdin


Daniel Whittaker


Paige Dick


Zankhna Parekh


Barry Richburg


Michelle Smith


Shawn Chase


Dr. Allan Acton


Kenneth Combs


Joshua Mauney


Christopher Saleh

Trey Bailey


Karla Nantz

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