River City Leather, a family-owned shop in Gallipolis, Ohio, creates hand-made leather goods with a lifetime guarantee in their small town that sits along the Ohio River. Aaron found leather work as a hobby while recovering from a motorcycle accident–but it quickly became more than just a hobby. After Aaron made Erin a leather purse for her birthday, they found an overwhelming interest from their friends and community, and soon after, RCL was founded in 2011. Starting in their shed, they now work and sell in a storefront on the town’s main drag and employ 10 people. Their products have a beautifully timeless design, rooted in practicality and made to last.
Since opening, they’ve sparked a culture of entrepreneurship in Gallipolis, making way for others to create businesses and invest in their community. Erin, who is the company’s Creative Director, and Aaron, who leads the manufacturing and design, both wear a lot of hats outside their titles and are committed to learning, evolving, and creating for RCL. From starting a monthly sidewalk hop to raising funds for their city’s development board, they take pride in knowing they’re creating good jobs, high-quality products, and a joyful life for their two children.