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everyone has a story;

here's ours.

what's toth

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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"working with the dynamic toth shop team is truly a one of a kind experience. it's the kind of experience where your ideas and story are heard and then taken to a whole new level. meg and her team know how to find the fire within you and give you the kind of confidence boost you need to tell your story in a courageous way."

- julia murray, julia fay photography

meet the team

meet our contributors

tori karlek

as one friend wrote in her 10th grade high school yearbook, “tori, you’re so fluffy and cool!” tori tells stories. (but really.) a writer, yogi, and pop-tart enthusiast, writing brings her greater joy than anything in the world, although michael scott is a close second. her favorite way to write is with a mug of peppermint tea, lab-mix charlie in her lap, and stringing together words to help narrate someone's story. ask her on a prosecco or coffee date, and you'll get an emphatic "YES."

kiana pourteymour

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.

matt bednarsky

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.

social responsibility

our take on social responsibility

"we were taught that the ingenuity, creativity, empathy, soul, power, and grace of being a girl and a woman is a competitive advantage - and it’s our responsibility, choice, and power to use that for good."

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