About Us

In 2014, Carrie Kuhl and Renee Bauman had a brilliant idea: to live their dream. Seems like a pretty simple idea to most, but certainly one that’s difficult to act on.

In creating Hitch Studio, Carrie and Renee hitched both of their design businesses together. They hitched their beliefs, passions, and sheer determination into a creative powerhouse. Much like the namesake suggests, Hitch Studio connects by design — graphic design + wedding design + and well-designed gifts & cards — all united under one roof.


Because of our diverse backgrounds, we bring added value to graphic design projects by thinking and creating in unique ways. When we meet with a client about their new logo or website, we hitch their business vision with our creative talent.

On your wedding day, we hitch our know-how, precision, and creativity with your vision to ensure a day worth remembering and celebrating for a lifetime.

When a customer walks into our fun retail shop in Downtown Brookings, we hitch their thoughtfulness with our delightful gifts and cards.


When hitched together we are mightier;
we are designers, creators, curators, makers, dreamers, and doers.



Our Culture

At Hitch Studio, we value design, inspiration, and joy above all else. This shines through in our everyday atmosphere — to our customers, employees, and each other.

When you walk through the door into our downtown shop, you’re greeted by a bright, colorful interior and friendly faces. This environment reflects and encourages our commitment to foster creativity, quality, optimism, doing more than what’s expected, and bettering ourselves day by day.

Three times a year, Carrie and Renee conduct fun, employee retreats where we focus on personal growth, strengthening our vision, connecting with each other and our talents, and self-empowerment. Hitch Studio invites inspiring individuals to speak about a number of topics, ranging from business management and learning the basics of accounting, to character styles and emotional intelligence, to resume and interview tips. Sometimes we read books together as a group or volunteer, and sometimes we focus on professional development. The employees often choose the topics and it all leads back to our values — design, inspiration, and living fuller lives.

Carrie and Renee know that “if serving is below you, then leadership is beyond you.” They lead with their servant hearts and guide employees with as many useful opportunities as possible, creating a team of amazing people.

Together, we are teachers, mentors, visionaries, and believers in inspiring others.

We are Hitch Studio.

Our Mission

To raise the bar with good design, relate to each and every customer with our small business helpfulness, deliver beyond what’s expected, and inspire employees along the way.


JOIN design + ideas

UNITE weddings + vision

COMBINE gifts + thoughtfulness

Meet the Team


Renee Bauman

Co-Founder | Designer | Event Stylist

Wedding stylist, graphic designer, co-founder, and go-getter, Renee Bauman started Hitch Studio with Carrie Kuhl in early 2014. Her experience with event planning and design runs deep as she’s been a part of the industry for over 13 years and is wedding planner certified.


Carrie Kuhl

Co-Founder | Designer | Pixel Specialist

Web and graphic designer, animator, photographer and retail curator may sound like an odd combination, but for Carrie Kuhl these skills quickly became the spark for something bigger. With over 10 years of experience, her knowledge of web and graphic design fills her ambition to help other small businesses...


Taylor Livingston

Retail Manager | Designer | Event Stylist

Finding a combination between her love for design and communications, Taylor Livingston pursued graphic design and advertising at South Dakota State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in both areas, along with a certificate in fine arts.