Bearnamic Duo ~ George & Scott of Spathose

Meet our Bearnamic Duo, George and Scott! These two talented designers have melded a successful career and relationship together. We get the scoop from them on how they make it all work…

How did you guys meet?

“It was actually quite romantic, a bit like some sappy, romantic comedy movie… A frosty New England night, as snow drifted deeply with the strong December winds; It glistened like scattered diamonds amid the winter moon’s glow…George’s car was stuck in a snow bank, Scott happened by with his truck and the rest is history!”

How long have you been together?

“We are in our 25th year together! Most of that time (at least 20 years, has been spent working side by side ,day & night, 24/7, 365…well you get the idea!) We are the design team that make up the brand Spathose. Our work transcends the realm of ordinary style by forging fine art with fashion, thus conceiving more than an accessory; we have given rise to organic wearable sculpture with an industrial edge.”

Wearable Sculpture by Spathose

Wearable Sculpture by Spathose

Wearable Sculpture by Spathose

Was it love at first sight or did it take a few dates?

“There was definitely an immediate connection, but we both were a bit cautious in the beginning. After our third date though, we were inseparable!”

George & Scott, circa 1997
George & Scott, circa 1997.

If you are cohabiting, how long did you date before you lived together?

“It didn’t take long at all, within a month and we knew that we wanted to spend as much time with each other as possible. Since that time, we have not spent more than a few days apart! In the beginning, we both had regular jobs but soon realized that we wanted to work together at our own business.”

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What is it about your mate that attracted you so much?

George: “For me the eyes are truly that window into the soul, I looked deeply into his intense eyes and I immediately felt this attachment, I felt safe. Of course, it didn’t hurt that he was brutally good looking with an amazing body!”

George & Scott of Spathose

Scott: “The first time we met, I felt as though time stood still, I was captured in a moment that I never wanted to end. My heart started to race and felt as though it was being gripped by a vice on the verge of exploding… He captivated me is so many ways, his charming smile, adorable rosy cheeks that glistened from the snow, the bluest eyes that melted my heart, but what really clenched it all for me was beyond that physical attraction, it was his wit and ability to make me laugh…”

Do you have common interests?

“Our passion has always centered on the arts in some manner. Our first business together was faux finishing, back when we lived in the Philadelphia area. We also enjoyed home renovations and that quickly turned that into a business. Upon our move to Saint Petersburg FL 11 years ago, we decided to focus entirely on purchasing run down properties in blighted areas to remodel and turn them into income properties. Since the real estate crash, being ever resilient, we had to re-invent ourselves once again. That is how we started our present business and brand, Spathose.

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Do you each have an interest that the other has none in?

“That’s the dilemma of being business and life partners, it’s tricky to be able to have separate lives! This was a struggle early on as our identities were merged into one. We were never thought of as individuals, but as a single entity. Both having strong personalities, we found that challenging to be reduced to this homogenized, collective version of ourselves. Understandably, being part of a brand, it’s essential to promote as a team and since have found that delicate balance to insure our own distinctive personae are not swallowed by the whole!”

What’s the secret to your successful relationship?

“In this internet fueled, new, next, now, built for planned obsolescence era of today, it seems that relationships have become disposable. The famous quote “For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice” might have very well been written specifically about human interactions. Not to say that every day has to be a struggle, but be prepared to truly live the word compromise! Something as wonderful and rewarding as a long term relationship is worth the hard work that goes with it! Communication is key! Also Laugh, laugh everyday…there is always love when there is laughter!”

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Any advice for a dating couple?

“Never define your relationship on someone else’s views, values, or morals; it can be destructive.
You are the only one that knows your true feelings.
Create a friendship bond that grows beyond the physicality and the bedroom.
Never try to stagnate the other person from their journey in life.
MOST OF ALL, TRY YOUR BEST TO LISTEN!”

Scott & George, circa 1990
Scott & George, circa 1990.

Links:
Spathose Website
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Photo credits:
BWL Photography
Thee Photo Ninja
Rossie Newson Photography
Downtown Carol Photography
Brentwood Photography
Creative Loafing

Bearnamic Duo ~ Rob & Alan!

Hi Rob and Alan, how did you guys meet?

“We were both in long-term relationships, which were holding on by threads. He was in a 13 year relationship, which had a 3rd lover for the last 7 years. I was in an 8 1/2 year relationship, which really never should have been. One day, we discovered our ex’s were online flirting and attempting to meet, so we agreed to all 4 meet up and see where things went. To make a long story short and leave out the XXX-rated details, Alan and I knew at first sight we were meant for one another. As for the others, not so much!”

How long have you been together?

“August 10, 2014 will be out 13 year anniversary. We were married last September 14th atop the Space Needle in Seattle, WA as soon as the government announced recognition of all same sex married couples from states which allow it, regardless their home state’s stance. Our decision to wed was naturally because we are madly in love, but had a lot to do with my recent terminal diagnosis of Cardiomyopathy and Congestive Heart Failure. I now have an implanted cardiac device, earning myself the nickname of ‘The Bionic Bear.”

Was it love at first sight or did it take a few dates?

“Indeed, it was love at first sight for both of us. I am quite an aggressive man when I see something I want and Alan didn’t stand a chance against my charms.”

If you are cohabiting, how long did you date before you lived together?

“At first, we moved into delegate bedrooms within our perspective homes. That didn’t work out so well and caused a lot of heartache for all, so we decided to move in together within 3 months of falling in love.”

What is it about your mate that attracted you so much?

“I was most attracted to his intelligence, independence and overall beauty. He was a man of flaws, but every one seemed hypnotic to me.”

Do you have common interests?

“There are very few interests we don’t share, actually! We have similar taste in home renovations, style, decor, food, music, men, etc.!”

Do you each have an interest that the other has none in?

“I am a Dominant Sir, into a full gamut of kinks. While Alan enjoys this facet of me, he doesn’t get into it himself. I am covered in tattoos and he has none. He prefers to blend in, where I always stand out. They say opposites attract, and we are the true living example of this theory.”

What’s the secret to your successful relationship?

“Complete honest and open dialog, no matter the topic not the time of day. We discuss everything we do: before, during and afterwards to ensure we are both on the same page and have each other as our main focus.”

Any advice for a dating couple?

“Make memories outside of the circuit scene. Relationships are built and nurtured far away from the dance floor and laser lights. Always put your partners feelings above anyone else, yet never allow your partner to hold you back from being yourself.”