Belham & Co. started out as just a hobby, a corner of a college apartment dedicated to earth-inspired creativity. We handcrafted items like soap and balms from our own porch-grown herbs, infused in our warm windowsills, as a way to connect our daily lives with the energies of nature. Gifts to friends and family gradually evolved into farmer's market wares and online listings. Soon, we had a way to help supplement our income and put ourselves through college while sharing our handcrafted creations with others. For a time, this was our "extra" job. We studied culture, religion, law, and language, and drew further creative inspiration and business knowledge from all of these.
Michael at the Statesboro Farmer's Market in 2013
Within just a few short years, we married, graduated college, relocated to our home town to take on new jobs, and discovered that we were expecting our first child. Soon after this discovery, Lacy found herself jobless, and we found it necessary to temporarily stay with family members. Our business suddenly became our opportunity to support our family, enabling Lacy to work exclusively from home, while providing a connection with creativity and a respect for the Earth that we hope to pass along to our new child. Through hard work and determination, we've focused on growing our little business in many ways, providing our followers with ethically sourced, carefully formulated products that are both uniquely inspired and presented. We take pride in each and every well-tested recipe, every thoughtfully-blended scent, every meticulously-designed label.
Lacy & Brigid at the Southern Grown Farmer's Market in February 2017.
Today, Belham & Co. is no longer a home-based business. We have a small soap studio where we create a wide range of skincare products, and ship them out daily to our customers all over the country.
About the Artisans
Belham & Co. is the dream of two artisans, Lacy Bell-Putnam & Michael Putnam. Belham (Bel-am) is a contraction of our last names, Bell & Puttenham (Putnam). We are a married couple with one daughter, Brigid, and one son, Torben. We both are graduates of Georgia Southern University and are originally from Brunswick, Georgia. We began the shop in our college apartment early on in our relationship, and now it continues to support our family.
Lacy really enjoys doing research, graphic design, and product formulations, while Michael specializes in sales -- though we both work hard to make each and every product together. In our spare time, we garden, brew mead (honey wine), enjoy historical re-enactments, sew a little, and spend all the time we can together.