Well, It All Started with a Perfect Gift!

The story starts on Block Island, a small island off the coast of Connecticut, a favorite spot for our youngest son Kevin to spend time. Kevin wanted a hitch cover of Block Island for his truck but couldn’t find anything. Rich, a craftsman in woodworking, got to work and gave the first Hitch-Crafter Hitch Cover as a gift to Kevin for Christmas. 

The following August, Kevin's girlfriend wanted a mermaid hitch cover for her Jeep for her birthday.  This gift needed an artist's touch. Rich turned to his wife (Michelle) who is a painter. They teamed up to design and create a mermaid for Lauren's birthday.

Over the years the kids were asked how to buy the unique hitch covers and the Drakes' wheels started turning. So in the middle of a pandemic Rich and Michelle Drake decided to start a business and Stonington Designs/Hitch-Crafter was born. 


Now our great collaboration is Stonington Designs!

Michelle and Rich Drake