Welcome to our B&H team!
Thanks to our amazing photographer, Angela Sostarich, for taking our beautiful team photos!
Krystal Garza, Founder & Owner
Jesus follower. Wife. Momma.
We’ve been married for 24 years and our 2 kids are the greatest blessing in my life. We’re empty nesters (hard to believe sometimes!) and our schedules seem to be busier now than when we had kids at home. When our kids come home to visit or stop by in the shop, it makes this momma’s day. Being a wife and momma has been my greatest joy. The love and support from my family means so much to me. I’m especially grateful for my husband’s encouragement and pushing me beyond my comfort zone to pursue this business from the start.
When I’m not curating gifts and working in the shop, I’m a homebody at heart. Home with my hubs and our 2 pups is my happy place. We live on a beautiful piece of property in small town Texas, outside of Texas A&M. I’m a Texas girl, born and raised. We spend a lot of time outside, grilling, golfing (mainly my hubs!), feeding the fish, and just enjoying our time with friends and family. Photography, horses, and the Hallmark channel are a few of my favorite things.
My husband and I have been blessed to travel and it’s something we love to do together. I’m always discovering new makers and products wherever we go. Our shop has become a collection of beautiful things, full of stories waiting to be told and memories to be shared. It is a collection of sweet reminders of our time with one another, dear friends and family.
Taking the time to hand select every product I choose to bring into our shop is important to me. I enjoy finding other small businesses, learning their stories, supporting other small businesses, and simply connecting all of our stories together. That’s why I believe the art of gifting is also the art of storytelling & connection.
Favorite Products: Oh I have so many favorites! Our Blackberry Jam Shortbread are special since they’re the first signature item we included in our gift boxes. They are made in Tennessee and Willa’s has a great story. Early on, I would ship a box as a thank you gift to our new customers after their first experience with us.
I also love our Oliver Pluff & Co. teas, Lip Love & Facial Masks by Nash + Jones, Birch + Jasmine Candle by Truck & Barter, Heirloomed candles & tea towels, Sunday Brunch Mimosa & Spanish Moss candles by Charleston Candle Co., and all of our chocolates, of course!
Joleigh Parker, Personal Assistant
Joleigh joined our Blackberry & Honeysuckle team as a Shopgirl in the fall of 2021. All of our customers truly enjoy her presence in the shop. She’s always willing and ready to help curate a gift box and make our customers feel welcome. Her heart for God, helping people, and kindness is golden. She was recently promoted and we are so grateful for her. When Joleigh isn’t busy assisting me with ALL of the things, she spends her time with her hubby (they’re newlyweds!) and creates beautiful digital designs over at Jo & Co Design. She designed her own wedding invitations, too!
Joleigh received a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Baylor University in 2020. In high school she was class president for 3 years, band co-section leader, on the drum line, and was VP of the honor society. Her love for Dolly Parton runs deep (but no, her name has nothing to do with the song Jolene lol!). Besides her hubs, she’s head over heels for Harry Styles!
Favorite Products: Formulary 55’s Rosehip & Clay Facial Mask, Rose & Frankincense Facial Mist, and Apiary No. 55 Shea Butter Hand Creme. She also loves the pour over coffees by Copper Cow Coffee & our Lip Love by Nash + Jones.
Gracie LaBlue, Shopgirl
Gracie joined our Blackberry & Honeysuckle team as a Shopgirl in the summer of 2022. We’re so grateful to have her on our team. She has embraced all of the ribbon, crinkle paper & gift boxes with the utmost care and detail.
She is a student at Texas A&M, currently studying Forensic Psychology. When Gracie isn’t busy with school and working in our shop, she loves spending time with her sweet orange tabby cat, Biggs. She also enjoys reading, drawing, baking (sugar cookies are her favorite!), and watching true crime documentaries.
Favorite Products: Island Coconut Lip Balm by Poppy & Pout, Honeysuckle products by Barr-Co., our Vintage Puzzles by Cavallini & Co., Farmers Market Candle by Charleston Candle Co., and Fig & Bergamot Candle by Truck & Barter.
Jackie, also known as my momma, was one of the first gift box gals in training before we had a brick + mortar shop. Anytime we’d travel out of town she was always willing to help assemble, ship & deliver gifts. She loves working in the shop, meeting new people, and talking to our customers. She’s the best at making sure everyone walks out the door with one of our brochures and knows all about what we offer (thanks, mom!).
When she isn’t helping in the shop, she loves spending time with her chocolate brown pup, Koko. He’s the sweetest, cuddliest, friendly, little guy. They both enjoy long walks together and simply being outdoors. She also loves anything near the water & watching the Hallmark channel, of course. Over the past 20 years, she has worked as a Procurement Specialist in the Oil & Gas field and continues to do so.
Favorite Products: Oliver Pluff & Co. Teas, Throw Blankets by Dwell Home Shoppe, Willa’s Shortbread Cookies (favs are Blackberry Jam & Lemon Pecan!), Mint Rosemary Hand Cream by Elizabeth W, and ALL of our craft chocolate bars & candles! Also loves both of our inspirational Susie Davis books (local Austin, TX author) and our You Got This devotional book.
Melissa Perez, Shopgirl
Melissa, one of my dearest friends, has been around since the very beginning. She was one of the first gift box gals in training before our brick + mortar shop was even thought of. Her care and attention to detail from start to finish is exceptional. She is a natural when it comes to decorating her home (something we both love to do!), so it’s no surprise that she’s a natural when it comes to creating displays in the shop.
When she isn’t working in the shop, she loves spending time with her hubby, their sweet dogs, family and friends. She recently began raising chickens and loves every bit of taking care of them.
Favorite Products: Lip Love by Nash + Jones, Bailey’s Dog Biscuits by Bunches & Bunches, Chuao’s Salted Chocolate Crunch Bar, and ALL of our candles!
Faith Garza, Shopgirl
Faith is my girl y’all! She’s the one that made me a momma and I’m so happy she loves to be a part of Blackberry & Honeysuckle. I’m might be biased, but she’s beautiful inside and out. She has a full-time job outside of B&H, but she loves to come help out when we have special events and busy weekends. I love bouncing ideas around with her and getting her input. She’s a pro product tester, I mean it’s practically a requirement if you’re a member of our family! When Faith isn’t busy working during the week, she spends her time in the gym, modeling, and traveling with her boyfriend. She’s an expert foodie & a pretty amazing photographer, too!
Faith received a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2020. (Gig ’em!) She recently received her Master Degree in Science – Technology Project Management from the University of Houston in Spring of 2022.
Favorite Products: Sunday Brunch Mimosa Candle by Charleston Candle Co., Cloud Socks, and our Vintage Puzzles by Cavallini Paper Co. She’s already completed our Christmas, Cocktails & Skeletal System Vintage Puzzles.
Madison Botkin, Shopgirl
Madison joined our Blackberry & Honeysuckle team as a Shopgirl in the fall of 2022. She has been a sweet customer of ours for quite some time, so it has been really nice bringing her on part-time. Her joy is contagious and she has one of the friendliest personalities.
Madison received a Bachelor Degree from Texas A&M University. (Whoop!) She started her own wedding planning business Botkin Creative in 2020 after helping plan two of her childhood friends and college roommates weddings. When she isn’t busy planning weddings and working in our shop, she loves spending time with friends, baking, and doing anything crafty.