everyone has a story;
hands down, the question we hear the most: what’s “toth” mean?
toth shop is named for erzsébet toth (pictured right) who, at just 19, left her home in the village of paczin, hungary to board a transatlantic ship in the belgium port city of antwerp on may 23, 1912. she did it by herself, in the middle of the night. that ship docked at ellis island, nyc on june 4, 1912. she spoke no english; she knew no one in america; she started an entirely new life in pittsburgh. she - elizabeth toth doczy - became a u.s. citizen in 1957, and her name is on a brick permanently placed at ellis island. she’s our founder’s great-grandmother.
that courage, curiosity, and personal drive to rewrite the (life) story defines toth shop.
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when she’s not running on the charles or posted up at a boston-area brewery or coffee shop, you can find jess tuned in to a story, either one she’s crafting or one she’s consuming. jess puts her journalism background to use in support of the idea that brands big, small, and anywhere in between work better when they’re working from a shared story. a citizen of the world having lived and worked in new zealand, denmark, france and elsewhere, she is never not planning her next big escape.
kiana loves nothing more than a long early morning run, is an advocate for saturday pizza night, and craves the satisfaction of mastering a new challenge. a demon deacon from london, she’s excitedly working on powerful writing, business strategy, and learning everything she can about new business development.
a believer that life is beautiful, crunchy peanut butter is the way to go, and guacamole is a gift to humanity. he is also a polyglot and an internationally touring singer/songwriter with an expansive internet presence and three full-length studio albums; you can hear him online wherever you listen to music.
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