We had the good fortune of connecting with Carrie Ermence and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carrie, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
My favorite quote is from Walt Disney, ” If You Can Dream It, You Can Do it. ”
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I was a former First Grade/Kindergarten Teacher. I absolutely loved being a teacher and still keep up with many of my former students and families today. In 2019, I made the hard decision to step away from teaching in what we thought would be an opportunity to travel and a potential opportunity to move to another part of the state. Little did I know my decision to step away from my career was for something more. We learned my Dad was to be scheduled for a quadruple bypass in December of 2019. On the night of his surgery, my father coded for 11 minutes. He spent the next 8 days in ICU, an army of angels that I call Doctors and Nurses keeping him alive. We were able to bring him home on February 19th, 2019. He passed away in his sleep on April 22nd, 2019, from a heart attack. We will forever be grateful for the gift of time. We designed our logo very intentionally to include the heart over Texas and in particular, Dallas and Forth Worth that became our home but also to symbolize or love of Texas and tribute to my late father.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love this question. Our friends are always laughing about us being the go-to for trying new things! With that said, you can find us at familiar haunts too such as Sushi Marquis, Common Table, True Fire, Katy Trail, Union Bear, Tender Smokehouse and Rollertown Beer Works. We love supporting local restaurants, wineries, and breweries. There are so many great places to visit in the state of Texas! We have some of the best restaurants and breweries in the state. When friends come to town, we love to visit The Star, Shops of Legacy, downtown McKinney, attend a Dallas Mavericks game, Texas Legends, Frisco Roughriders or Texas Rangers game. A week-long trip would be a stop in Dallas to see the skyline, outdoor markets and museums, Fort Worth for the Stockyards, Austin for live music, food trucks and boating, San Antonio for the River Walk and a stop to Fredericksburg. We love hanging out at Katy Trail, Roller Town Beer Works Celina, Fortunata Winery for great people watching, and Legacy Hall Plano for concerts!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I absolutely love being able to give a shoutout! First of all, to all our family, friends, and friends we are meeting along the way we can’t thank you enough for your support of Lone Star Roots. Whether our story resonates with you, you love our gear, or consistently follow us on social media, visit our pop-ups, online or in-store. We thank you! To my husband, Mark, you’re my rock, and my children Jack and Taylor, who jump in and assist in our company whenever they can! To my sister, Stacie, you’ve always been full of ideas and help lead the course and very much a part of the Lone Star Roots beginnings. To my brothers and their families for keeping us laughing and creative! To my Mom, for being one of the greatest little t-shirt folders in Texas and inspiration.
Linkedin: Business page: Lone Star Roots. Personal page: Carrie Ermence