PHOTO: Shane and Brandy Tucker, owner of Faith & Nate, get ready to cut the ribbon at their grand opening ceremony on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. / Photo by Alexander Willis
By ALEXANDER WILLIS
Boutique store Faith & Nate held its opening ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon in Spring Hill. In addition to bringing its clothing and jewelry offerings to the city, the store brought something else: a promise, and a mission, to support disease research.
Brandy and Shane Tucker started the boutique business in November 2016 after a series of tragic events had impacted their family.
“About four years ago, we had our first pregnancy that miscarried,” Brandy said. “We then got pregnant with our daughter – her name’s Faith. And when she was a year and-a-half, we got pregnant with her little brother, Nate. He passed away when I was five and-a-half months pregnant.”
Brandy said her son Nate was diagnosed with a rare, often fatal condition known as congenital cystic adenomatoid malformations type II, which can cause tissue abnormalities to form in the lungs.
“[It’s] a very rare condition,” Brandy said. “When that happened, I stopped everything and said, ‘I want to raise money for the Cincinnati Children’s Research Center,’ because they research what our son had.”
Faith & Nate began by donating 10 percent of all its revenue to the Nathan Sawyer Tucker Fetal Anomaly Fund, benefitting the Cincinnati Children’s Research Center.
Now, the store donates to an additional fund, after a recent hardship struck the Tucker family.
“We found out last summer that our daughter Faith has a speech disorder called apraxia,” Brandy said. “It’s not a well-known disorder. It’s a motor-planning disorder in the brain, and so we now also donate money to a researcher out of UCLA.”
Despite the setbacks, the Tuckers have seen continued success in their endeavors; from existing solely online, to selling out at their kiosk in Cool Springs Galleria, to finally opening their own store right in Spring Hill.
Whereas most boutique stores cater only to women, Faith & Nate is unique in that it caters to men, women and children. The store also carries Grunt Style brand clothing: a clothing brand that is made and tagged entirely by veterans, and also benefits veterans.
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Brandy, a Tennessee native, had been in the marketing industry for 20 years before finding her new calling.
“She went from a six figure job, [to] taking a chance,” Shane said. “She wanted to make sure that everyone has a voice when it comes to losing a child. People don’t talk about it enough.”
Brandy said she would enjoy opening her own research center one day, as many diseases and conditions don’t receive adequate funding. For now though, Brandy feels her experience has already made a difference.
“We found that our story has resonated with a lot of women and men that have gone through similar circumstances,” Brandy said. “They’re very eager to talk, and they love that there’s someone out there trying to give a voice to these women… to say it’s okay to talk about it.”
Faith & Nate is now open seven days a week, and is located just off of Main Street at 2025 Wall St.