How We Started...
Sea + Green was founded by Rebecca Biskaduros when she relocated to the East Coast after years of working in the sustainability field in Southern California. Rebecca grew up in the woods of Massachusetts where her innate love of nature developed. She became passionate about the environment and attended the University of Vermont where she studied Environmental Studies and Sculpture. The draw of the West Coast prevailed and she soon found herself working in the energy efficiency industry, where she cofounded the US Green Building Council San Diego Chapter. One of the major influencers in her life was her time in China building a park with the talented artist/builder James Hubbell.
Upon moving to New Jersey in 2004 Sea + Green was first created as an environmental consulting business. But as Rebecca's artistic drive grew she knew a collaborative brick and mortar was in the near future. She blindly jumped into retail with her first brick and mortar in Bay Head in 2007 and soon after relocated to downtown Point Pleasant Beach. Word spread of the new eco boutique and artists from around the county and beyond came hoping to sell their wares. Supporting the local art community was always a mission of Sea + Green and so this was a natural progression of the store. Sea + Green grew to become less a store and more of an artist co-operative, eventually supporting more than 30 artists at a time. Our tight group of artists enjoyed collaborating, supporting and sharing this common platform to display and sell our creations.
Giving back was always an integral part of Sea + Green's philosophy. We have always donated 1% of all sales to local non-profits with our brick and mortar. After Sandy we, as local artists, and you all, as local customers, really came together to make a true difference in the lives of so many affected by the storm. We were able to raise over $23,000 for Shores United Relief Foundation in less than a year through the sale of our locally made reclaimed Sandy wood (wood pulled from trash piles) heart ornaments and one of a kind furniture and accessory line.
Sea + Green first opened in beautiful downtown Bay Head in 2008. Then relocated to downtown Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, where we operated until 2016. We took a short break for more family time and reopened again in Asbury Park in 2018. We just relocated our entire family and the shop to our dream location in downtown Cambria California and hope to open in April 2020, whenever the shelter in place is lifted.