We had the good fortune of connecting with Anna Galluzzi and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Anna, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
Both JC and I (Anna) were in grad school and during the pandemic we lost the sense of community that we had before COVID hit. JC and I were often in the basement clay studio together and I began working in clay more so that I could hang out with JC. I came up with the name “Nagatha Crispie” based on a cross between a joke in Bob’s Burgers and a cereal that is eaten in House of 1,000 Corpses. I knew I wanted to create some sort of artistic “alter ego” but felt like it would also be a cute shop name, so I talked to JC about it and we went from there.

What should our readers know about your business?
I think what sets us apart from others is that we don’t take ourselves too seriously when it comes to our goofy “millennial garbage.” We have fun and I think that is reflected in our products, the interactions with each of our customers, and our interactions with other makers. I think JC and I balance each other out really well. Our biggest challenge is that I moved away from Denton recently to start a new job that takes a lot of my time, so working remotely and getting work back and forth has been a struggle, but we have made due.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There is a lot around DFW to check out, but I think I’d have to take my friend to several museums, my favorites being the Dallas Museum of Art, Fort Worth Modern, and the Amon Carter Museum (the Gabriel Dawe piece there is one of my favorites). I also would love channel my inner teen and head to some malls, like the Galleria and NorthPark.

I love checking out little local shops and cute places to buy plants, so I would definitely check out The Dime Store and True Leaf, both located near downtown Denton.

As far as food spots go, I eat primarily vegan, so I would HAVE to make my friend check out Spiral Diner, Pepitas, and Reverie Bakeshop.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Right now, I mostly want to thank JC (the co-owner of Nagatha) because without them, this business would be far less successful. They are a ceramics genius and work extremely hard. Additionally, I want to think Texas Woman’s University for giving us a place to meet, create and cultivate our style and craft.

Website: nagathacrispie.com

Instagram: nagatha_crispie

Facebook: Nagatha Crispie

Other: tik tok: Nagathacrispie

Image Credits
JC Neihardt

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