Sierra Lewis opened the brick and mortar location for New Origin Shop in September 2021. (Grace Dickens / Community Impact Newspaper)
When Sierra Lewis left her life as a teacher on the East Coast to explore her more creative side, she discovered a new beginning in Texas.
Part of that new beginning is as owner of New Origin Shop, a lifestyle store in the Hill Country Galleria that makes wares for every facet of life.
New Origin Shop sells a range of goods from clothing, accessories and jewelry to coffee, ceramics, children’s books and more. The shop is a place where anyone can find a product in line with their values as a consumer, such as products that are sustainably made, fair trade or ethically sourced, Lewis said.
“For every aspect of your day, you can find something here that’s going to be thoughtfully made,” Lewis said. “We’re a lifestyle shop. You can come and find gifts for yourself and others to use throughout your entire day. ”
Lewis studied fashion in college but pursued a career in teaching. After eight years, she said she felt the need for a larger creative outlet. She moved to Texas as part of a new beginning in life, or “new origin,” as Lewis said. She decided to launch her online Etsy shop in 2017 after making a few too many reusable shopping bags.
Four years later, the shop opened its brick-and-mortar location in September 2021, where it carries more than 100 brands from around the world.
As a woman- and Black-owned business, the shop prioritizes supporting the creative endeavors of people of color and women by holding space for these individuals and investing in their businesses, Lewis said.
“One of the highest priorities is to uplift, to extend my knowledge, my insights, to give space for them to share their products,” Lewis said. “It’s directly supporting their livelihoods … or their passions.”
After coming to Austin and launching her online shop, Lewis made connections with fellow creators through pop-up shows she attended. Throughout the growth of these connections alongside the support from her customers, Lewis said she was able to make her childhood aspirations of owning a store come true.
“This is what I call the ‘dream shop,'” Lewis said. “And it’s all thanks to my community believing in me and resonating with what I want to share. It’s been the experience of a lifetime. ”
New Origin Shop
12921 Hill Country Blvd., Ste. D2-110, Bee Cave
Hours: Tue.-Sat. 11 am-6 pm, Sun. noon-6 pm, closed Mon.