About Us

It started with a dog, like most good stories do.

Jess was dog sitting for a friend while through a terrible time in her life. She had lost her career in the live events industry due to a global pandemic, was in the midst of a pretty horrible breakup, and dealing with what felt like an endless wave of bullshit (thanks 2020). While dog sitting what is arguably the best Great Dane in Nashville, Jess learned to make soap with the help of her friend Ellen in a kitchen on Clay Street. Thanks to the encouragement of their friends, family, and some panicked prayers to Jesus, they finally gained the courage to start Clay Street Market.

For Jess and Ellen, Clay Street Market is more than just a store, it’s their way of sharing a lesson they hold near and dear to their hearts - the importance of self-care. If you don’t take the time to fill your own cup you can’t fill someone else’s. And after slayin' all day, there’s nothing better than coming home to a little luxury. But most importantly self-care is self-love.

 

Meet the Women of Clay Street Market

Ellen

Hometown The entire MidWest (Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, the other side of Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky)
Lives in Nashville, TN
What makes her happy Black coffee, anything DIY, REALLY good cheeseburgers, chocolate milk, and puppies
Self-care must Setting boundaries and saying no—with a cup of good coffee in your hand
Guilty pleasures Everything DIY, having the house to myself, spending too much time in the shower, all the Essential Oils
Pet peeves People who interrupt, a messy house, creamy peanut butter
Favorite quote “Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” - Ruth Bader Ginsburg 

Jess

Hometown Upland, CA
Lives in Nashville, TN
What makes her happy Good books, female empowerment, working out, red wine, and my cat Jolene 
Self-care must Spa nights, dance parties and boundaries!
Guilty pleasures Singing along to Snoop Dogg, the occasional new pair of shoes 
Pet peeves bad drivers, people who don't see their potential, and peas
Favorite quote “Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them—we can only love others as much as we love ourselves” - Brene Brown