Native was founded by two local couples, Brandon and Meredith Ellison and Sarah and Casey Watkins. In 2009, the Ellisons and Watkins founded Symmetry Financial Group, a life insurance marketing organization, on the upstairs level of a Whitson Avenue office space. Soon after, they observed a local need for a healthy, community-focused restaurant at the historic site, which was once home to the Beacon Mill village that served as a gathering place for thousands of workers employed at the Beacon blanket mill from 1936 until its close in 2002.

Sarah Watkins developed a vision for the restaurant as a sustainable, family style gathering space offering healthy, locally-sourced dishes, and from there, Native was born in August 2012.

Brandon Ellison + Meredith Ellison + SarahWatkins + Casey Watkins