In 2020, ten creative businesses from across the Pittsburgh region participated in the inaugural Next Leap Program. Outlined below are brief profiles on their businesses, as well as insights into their big plans for 2021, and beyond.

Art by Nicole Renee

Painter Nicole Renee Ryan creates vivid and colorful abstract oil paintings that can be reproduced for a range of residential and commercial project applications.

Camp Copeland Studios

From artwork to spoon rests, skilled makers Alyssa & Drew Kail produce a range of decorative home goods from their studio in Braddock, PA.

Flux Bene

Driven by a passion for finding ways to creatively reuse what already exists, textile artist Rebekah Joy creates unique clothing, accessories and wall art from second market materials.

SubSanctuary

Ranging from custom laser artwork to installations and events, Shane Martin provides one-of-a-kind products and services for an array of customers.

Triple Moon Alchemy

Inspired by several woman healers in her family, L. Denise Edwards creates a variety of organic herbal healing products ranging from teas to body care.

KLoRebel Art Co.

Using pen and ink, Kirsten Lowe-Rebel designs gifts and home goods that offer an intimacy with the character, landmarks, and architecture of Pittsburgh.

Lake Erie Woodworks

Building on the blueprint created by centuries of craftsmen, Armando Reyes has grown into the go-to source for custom wood furniture, custom millwork, and retail display solutions.

Safran Everyday

As a trained metal and jewelry artist, Maia Leppo explores the intersection between the botanical and industrial through jewelry and home goods created from steel and porcelain.

PetalVision Glass

Sarah Cohen transforms flora and fauna by layering gold, leaves, and other materials into beautiful designs to wear and gift proudly.

MYND Scent Co.

Drawing from personal experience, Aaryn Hunt creates aromatherapy products that help heal individuals and shed light on the mental health community.