From left to right: Jenn Teitt, Sam Teitt, and Andrew Teitt of The Bellepoint Company photographed by Henry Photography.
As a network of more than 3,000 small businesses, we’re paying close attention to how they’re faring in an age of stay-at-home orders and social distancing. In an effort to stay connected to our TSG community and share their stories, we’re “catching up with” different business owners every week to hear about their challenges, learn how they’re coping, and find out how they’re spending their time at home. Today, we’re checking in with Sam and Andrew Teitt, brothers and cofounders of The Bellepoint Company, a Columbus, Ohio-based team of builders, as well as Sam’s wife, Jenn, who serves as the company’s lead designer and head of operations. Here, they discuss their future plans, their go-to quarantine snacks, and finding work inspiration while taking family walks.
What’s your business up to right now?
We are excited about the year ahead, and have some great projects we can’t wait to share. We are also working to expand our design services, which is something we have been dreaming about for years. Our designers currently collaborate with architects on plan development and then help clients through the material and fixtures selections for their projects: plumbing, lighting, paint colors, custom cabinetry, etc. Later this year we plan to launch decoration services in order to provide our clients with a truly turnkey experience.
Your biggest challenge, professionally and/or personally:
One of our biggest challenges is educating our prospective clients on the complexity of their project and the importance of detailed planning. When you see the end product scrolling through our website or Instagram feed, it seems simple. In reality, each image is the result of collaboration between our team as well as talented architects, designers, vendors, tradespeople, and craftsmen. There is a huge amount of effort that goes into each project. We choose to work with the best and believe it shows in the quality of our work.
What’s bringing you joy:
Sam: Watching our son, Charlie, grow up. He is witty and smart and makes me laugh a ton. And he’s only two and a half.
Jenn: Spending time with our two-year-old, Charlie. And cooking! We moved into a new house just before quarantine started and I just love my new kitchen.
Andrew: Seeing my wife kick butt in her career. Nothing makes me happier than her success.
What you’re watching/reading/listening to:
Sam: My favorite podcasts are “The Journal” and NPR’s “How I Built This.” I also spend way too much of my free time looking at other builders, architects, and designers on Instagram and Pinterest. I’m constantly looking for new inspiration and I’m humbled by how good others are at their craft.
Jenn: I just finished reading The Body by Bill Bryson because I’ve always been fascinated with anatomy. I also love watching Songland because its inspiring to see the creativity and talent of songwriters. I have a lot of appreciation for this form of creativity that is so different from what I do all week. Johnnyswim is my all-time go-to for music. We had tickets for one of their concerts with Lauren Daigle this spring that was canceled, but I’m already looking forward to the rescheduled date next April.
Andrew: I’m currently reading My Utmost for His Highest. It brings me encouragement and focus to start my day. I’m currently watching ESPN’s Michael Jordan documentary, “The Last Dance.”
Your go-to snack:
Sam: Pistachios. Who am I kidding—bourbon with a splash of ginger ale.
Jenn: I have a perpetual sweet tooth, so I’m always up for a cookie. One of my favorite local ice cream shops, Whit’s Frozen Custard, makes ice cream cookie sandwiches that I cannot live without.
Andrew: Anything that is unhealthy and delicious and my makes my wife mad that I am eating it. Amish-made trail mix has been holding me over lately.
Your favorite family activity:
Sam: Walks around our neighborhood looking at houses. We can’t walk past a house without debating “what it needs” or admiring some certain detail. We often joke that people would be really entertained if we were miked and they could listen in.
Jenn: Anything outside! It seems like it has taken forever for spring to arrive in Ohio this year, so I’m very thankful for the warm, sunny days when we get them.
Andrew: Walks outside and working in the yard. Both offer a break from the stress of life for me.
Jenn: I just started using some new skin care products from Otto Skin Goods, which is owned by one of our current clients. The products make my skin look great and I love supporting her growing business.
Andrew: I’m finally getting a hair cut from Vice Barber Shop. I have waited too long to go see Mitch.