Supporting local businesses is integral to mydesign philosophy. Authenticity, honesty, beauty, and simplicity are the tenets of House of Funk, and I look for these same qualities in the companies I support. Ben Lebel and Blake Hays of Village Common have a longstanding family history seeped in communal traditions. Both of their grandparents owned neighborhood markets, which paved the way for their future business. Below, they share their vision of the modern general store, talk best-selling scents, and the motto they live by.