Our Team

Joey Conover

Co-owner, contracts and finance manager, Joey grew up three blocks from the Downtown Mall and remembers the lunch counter at Woolworths. She also helped oversee its transformation into a copper-clad retail store. Joey is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Darden School of Business, and the current Chair of the Coalition for Economic Opportunity, which seeks to provide a community-based alternative to predatory lending in the Charlottesville area. She is also licensed to sell real estate in the Commonwealth of Virginia at Nest Realty. And somehow she still finds time to scrape together dinner for Jeff and their two girls (most days).

Jeff Erkelens

Co-owner, designer and carpenter, Jeff ended up in Charlottesville after living in San Francisco, New York, Austin, Seattle, and New Orleans. A former AmeriCorps member and site supervisor at Habitat for Humanity, Jeff likes to play guitar and show his two girls the safest way to climb scaffolding (usually at the same time). He also sports a degree in History from the University of Texas at Austin. Hook ‘em Horns!

Tom Hughes

Also affectionately know as “Loafers,” Tom does not let two minutes pass without some much needed silliness. You’ll have to ask him how the loafers help when running cross-country though. Tom came to Charlottesville intent on blacksmithing, but, not surprisingly, ended up finding it a bit hot. Before that he spent a few formative years at Warren Wilson in North Carolina.

Check out Tom’s blog when biking (moto style) cross country in 2009: Four Corners, One Piston