Lauren Wilbun, or Law, as she’s known among friends, has taken her passion for all things home and hospitality and created a unique company offering one-of-kind experiences centered around a collection of hand-crafted charcuterie and dessert boards.
Not only does Wilbun create a wide range of boards for all occasions, she also provides the complete set-up for al fresco picnics through her business Collective Law.
Whether clients choose a sunrise or sunset picnic at the beach, a ranch just outside town or their own backyard, Wilbun provides everything necessary for an Instagram-worthy experience, including cozy pillows and blankets, candles, floral arrangements and linens.
“We create an atmosphere that’s different from sitting in a restaurant, and also quite different from just picnicking on a beach towel,” Wilbun said. “I love selecting all the elements that make it special.”
Wilbun is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University’s baking and pastry arts program and also has experience in interior design and event planning. With Collective Law, she’s drawing upon her experience to curate events using pieces from her personal collection.
"I have always been passionate about creating a welcoming experience for friends and family, whether with food, decor or both,” Wilbun said. “I have now found my passion and I’m now able to share this with clients to create a memorable experience."
Most of Collective Law’s experiences are priced for two, but all can be adjusted for larger parties and include a wide range of options for customization. Customers also have the option of picking up boards or boxes of charcuterie and desserts from Collective Law’s new location in Mayfaire Town Center.
“When I found out about this space, I knew it was perfect because of its proximity to the beach and many of the stores where I shop,” Wilbun said.
When Collective Law first launched last fall, Wilbun was working out of a commercial kitchen in Castle Hayne. Now, the new space includes a working kitchen and a studio where clients can see possible set-ups for various types of events, including picnics, birthday parties, showers and weddings.
While the studio, located next to Breadsmith at 820 Town Center Drive, is currently open by appointment only, Wilbun said she is grateful to have everything under one roof and to have a space to grow.
One area of growth that Wilbun has experienced of late has been the purchase or boards or boxes as gifts, which can be customized to include picnic baskets, tote bags and environmentally friendly bamboo plates, napkins and utensils.
Collective Law also offers gift cards that allow recipients to create their own experiences at a time and place that’s right for them.
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