Justin Gloe went to school for five years to earn his degree in design. After graduation, Gloe worked at an interior design company before he realized the sedentary lifestyle spent in front of a computer screen was not for him. As an entrepreneur at heart and with creativity running through his veins, Gloe decided it was time to venture out on his own. He packed up his desk and put his inventive mind to work.
Already armed with Elite Photobooth, a side gig he started with his partner during his college years, Gloe had some familiarity with running a business, but he needed an additional endeavor to maintain a steady income. “I had experience selling video games and vintage items online during my high school and college years to make extra income,” Gloe says. “I decided to tap into my creativity and start a handmade product line to sell online.”
Already fascinated with concrete, wood and gardening Gloe scoured the web for ways to make the three concepts commingle. The result of all that research was the launch of Timberline Studio. The company operates online through Etsy where it sells handmade products such as hanging concrete plant holders, shadow box wall planters, wooden planter boxes, concrete coaster sets, concrete ring cones and more of Gloe’s handmade designs. “I’m a big fan of the raw natural look of concrete and wood and fell in love with industrial and modern design,” he says. “I also love how a green plant looks with concrete. It is a porous material, so it helps absorb excess moisture and prevent rotting roots.”
Gloe started Timberline Studio in January 2016. Like any business owner, Gloe has run into hiccups with the company, but he likes to focus on the wins. He attributes his college years to much of his new success. “My parents encouraged me to pursue an art degree instead of more traditional degrees,” he says. Without all the experience Gloe gained in product design, graphic design, web design, search engine optimization, photo editing, branding and marketing, he says it would have been far more difficult to start his business.