Renee Halgerson is co-owner, designer, and event stylist at Hitch Studio. Opened in February 2014, Hitch Studio specializes in graphic design + website design, wedding invitations + wedding styling, and is a brick-and-mortar paperie + gift shop in Brookings, South Dakota.
Since there are three divisions of Hitch Studio, Renee focuses on the wedding division— designing invitations and decorating weddings. Her business partner, Carrie Kuhl, is the graphic design and website design specialist, and together, they run the retail store full of fun stationery and gifts. Carrie and Renee have deep roots in Brookings. They both graduated from SDSU, both taught at SDSU, and have hired several student employees from SDSU. It was important to them to also serve a market that needed services like theirs.
Renee is a strong believer in giving back to her community. She is a member of a Masterminds women’s group and attends 1 Million Cups. She has served on committees for Business & Professional Women (BPW), United Way, AIGA, and volunteered with Junior Achievement, and the SDSU Sioux Empire Staters executive board.
After winning the “Brookings Downtown Business of the Year” award in its first year of business, Renee knows there are big plans for Hitch Studio — and even bigger dreams as she and Carrie work their way through the Dakota Rising program!