Love is in the (cold) air

Come celebrate the season of love! The Artist Mercantile in St. Paul is throwing a pre-Valentine’s Day event in February. The Jewelry Trunk Show and Soirée takes place on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7–8.

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On Friday from 11am–1pm, take in a lunchtime jewelry trunk show, and while you’re there enjoy samples of fabulous chocolate truffles. The mother-daughter team of DeDesigns Jewelry will show their vintage-inspired collection, which is made from materials such as gold filigree, silver, crystals, and rhinestones.

On Saturday from 7–9pm, you can again find the jewelry of DeDesigns and chocolate, plus you can sample some wine. The evening will also highlight my mixed-media shadowboxes, as well as the work of Sarah Wash, who works in acrylic, pencil, watercolor, and Mod Podge. Both my and Sarah’s collage work will be up at Artist Mercantile through March 8.

Spread the word and come share the love!

DETAILS

Friday, Feb. 7, 11am–1pm
Saturday, Feb. 8, 7–9pm
The mixed-media work of Christy Johnson and Sarah Wash will be on display through March 8.

Artist Mercantile
24 West Seventh Place
St. Paul, MN 55102
The Artist Mercantile offers a wide variety of Minnesota-made art and gifts that are perfect for any occasion.


What didn’t fit : Roger Barrett & Sam Beberg

Roger Barrett and Sam Beberg are the co-owners of Pharmacie, a new home furnishings, accessories, and gift shop in Uptown in Minneapolis. I worked with Roger at the Science Museum of Minnesota years ago, and am really excited for his and Sam’s new venture. Both still work at their day jobs in addition to running the shop, so they’ve been insanely busy. But all the hard work has been paying off. If you haven’t stopped in yet, you should! It’s got a different vibe than any other shop in the Twin Cities, and I love it. (Oh, and yes, disclaimer, they do carry my work!)

 

Roger Barrett (left) and Sam Beberg, co-owners of Pharmacie in Minneapolis.

Roger Barrett (left) and Sam Beberg, co-owners of Pharmacie in Minneapolis.

Hey Roger and Sam! What are your guys’ backgrounds?
We’re both Minnesota natives. Sam is from Grand Marais, and I (Roger) am from Brooklyn Park. My background is in graphic and exhibition design, and Sam’s is in the restaurant business. He worked previously as a chef at Chez Bananas and Table of Contents, and currently co-owns Hot Plate in South Minneapolis.

What is Pharmacie?
We’re not a drug store! But we like to think, in a way, that we’re offering the same idea—a place where people can come fill a prescription…for design. In all seriousness, we’re a modern home furnishings, accessories, and gift store with a focus on up-and-coming small designers from around the country, layered with select vintage finds. We have a varied and eclectic mix of products at all price points. Offerings range from jewelry to sofas, glassware to backpacks, lighting to bottle openers, side tables to soap dishes.

When did you start talking about opening up a shop, and why did you want to?
We’ve been dreaming of this, separately, for a lifetime. But together, we’ve talked about it for at least three years. And we’ve been actively researching product, vibe, and location for the last two years.

Why did you want to open a shop?
Because we love and appreciate well-designed objects and environments, and want to share that love with our friends, neighbors, and customers.

How did it come about, and how long did long did it take?
I’m not exactly certain how the idea was born. Probably during some late-night furniture re-arranging in our apartment. I probably told Sam, “You’re really good at this. You should open a design store!”

As for the name, it was initially conceived over two years ago when the old Burch Pharmacy space in Uptown became vacant. We thought it would be the perfect spot for a home design store. And why not give a nod to the history of the building and call it Pharmacie? Obviously, we didn’t take that location, but the name stuck. We love the tongue-and-cheek nature of being named something that we’re not, but in a way still providing the same services: a prescription for design; an RX for a beautiful life.

What kind of research did you do?
The internet, gift shows in New York and San Francisco, the internet, friends, scoping out shops and products wherever we travel to, the internet…. Thank god for the internet, and for the husband and wife making furniture in their garage!

Who and/or what has been helpful in getting this going?
Without a doubt it’s been family and friends. People have been incredibly supportive of our idea and this project. And since we’ve opened, it’s been amazing how much support we’ve gotten from the neighborhood. People are pretty stoked that we’ve moved in.

You did a lot of the work in the shop yourselves. Can you tell us about that?
All I gotta say is we need better tools.

After you passed up the Burch spot, how did you choose your current space?
We looked forever at locations all over Minneapolis, but always knew we wanted to be in a vibrant neighborhood, and be close to restaurants, bars, and other shops.

What’s great about your location?
We couldn’t be happier with where we landed. We have great neighbors—World Street KitchenSooVacMoxie—that have all been incredibly supportive of our venture. And the neighboring residents are really excited about the addition to the ‘hood. The space itself is perfect, too. We love all the great windows and the raw finishing of the space.

What’s “Home” to you?
Home is a delicious meal, a good drink, easygoing friends, a good joke…and some items from Pharmacie!

How do you choose your products?
We love objects that are sexy, funny, beautiful, unique, hand-crafted, modern, luxurious, expensive, a good value, fragrant, comfortable, black, pink, white, brass…or any combination of the above.

What are some of your favorite products?
Right now our favorite products are a box of condoms imprinted with “Thanks for nothing,” and the 3D-printed skulls.

What’s in store in the near future?
Oof. We have big dreams. But for now, it’s all about getting through the holidays.

Why should people shop at Pharmacie?
We have a great selection of unique objects presented in a warm, welcoming, modern environment.

Do you have any events coming up we should know about?
We’re doing a Small Business Saturday happy hour from 6-9pm on Nov. 30.


Read all of the interviews I’ve done for redshoes news on my blog, redshoes news 2.6.


What didn’t fit : Holiday Gift Guide

Some of my favorite local small businesses share what they do in this annual Holiday Gift Guide. You can contact the artists and designers directly for more info on them or their work. Enjoy, and thanks for shopping local!

SAIREY GERNES  //  SGDSTYLE

What: Irely Intimate Apparel is my line of comfortable and pretty knickers with a patented pocket that they roll into, and TowelTopper is a band I designed that wraps around your towel, which secures it to your body.
Online: www.shopirely.commytoweltopper.com
Exclusive: Receive 10% off your entire order by entering the code redshoes13 at checkout.

EMILY GRAY KOEHLER – PRINTMAKER

What: Hand-pulled color-reduction woodcuts of the natural world, with an emphasis on the complex nature of human relationships with the environment.
Where: My studio, located at 2168 Third St., Suite 2A, in White Bear Lake, MN. I’ll be hosting some events next month, including the White Bear Lake Holiday Open House on Nov. 7, and the Small Business Saturday Studio Sale from 10-4 on Nov. 30. Visit a working artist studio for handmade holiday gifts, woodcuts, and refreshments.
Online: www.studioegk.com

EMMA HOLCOMB & SARAH MCARDLE  //  MAI

What: Fashion-forward yoga and activewear/lifestyle apparel that’s perfect for making the transition from the studio to dinner with friends. Our garments are made in St. Paul, MN, and our mantra is “I AM enough.” We believe that who you are is exactly who you should be. We recognize the importance of challenging yourself to become the best you possible, but feel that at the end of the day, it is loving yourself, as you are, that can bring you the most peace.
Online: www.fashionbyMAI.cometsy.com/shop/MAIyoga
Exclusive: Receive $10 off your first order by using the code RedShoes at checkout in either of the online shops listed above. Offer ends Nov. 11, 2013.

KARIN JACOBSON DESIGN

What: My modern jewelry designs are beautiful and affordable. I use ethically sourced materials whenever possible.
Where: Studio #288 in the Northrup King Building, which will be open during Art Attack from Nov. 1-3. You can also find a list of local shops on my website.
Online: www.superkarin.com
Exclusive: Receive 10% off of in-stock merchandise by letting me know you read about it in redshoes news.

CHRISTY JOHNSON  //  REDSHOES26

What: State Icons, which are digital illustrations in handmade frames, and mini State Icon ornaments, which are even smaller State Icons in tiny metal canisters with glass lids. They are adorned with sparkly wreaths and ribbon. Aww.
Where: At various art and craft shows nationwide, plus at 19 shops, boutiques, and galleries in the U.S. A list can be found on the Contact page of my website.
Online: www.redshoes26design.com
Exclusive: Purchase three or more State Icon illustrations in the month of November 2013 and receive a free mini State Icon ornament. Just mention you saw this deal in redshoes news, and tell me which State Icon you’d like in your ornament.

MARY OLSON  //  MARY OLSON ART

What: Oil and acrylic abstract paintings; mixed-media collage; and one-of-a-kind, handwoven items.
Where: The Orchard Art House in Excelsior, MN, which is open Thursday nights in December for a Holiday Bazaar. My new original framed collages on wood, made from torn sketchbook pages and other paper mixed media, will be available, as will colorful, handwoven, full-sized blankets.
Online: www.maryolsonart.com


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The list has grown!

Last week I posted about the new shops that carry work from redshoes26. Well, you can add another to the list! The lovely Minneapolis Club is now selling my Minneapolis Club State Icons, which I made just for them! Find them at their front desk.

Minneapolis Club - State Icon by redshoes26

Minneapolis Club – State Icon by redshoes26


This weekend : Saint Paul Art Crawl

It’s that time of year again! Fall means it’s Saint Paul Art Crawl weekend, and you will find redshoes26 once again at J.A. Geiger Studio on the East Side of St. Paul. We’re not in the “general” Art Crawl area, meaning the Lowertown area, but we’re just a short drive up White Bear Avenue! So “crawl off the map” and find two other guest artists in addition to redshoes26—Tracie Thompson and Katherine Salverda—plus the owner of the studio, Josephine Geiger.

Saint Paul Art Crawl
J.A. Geiger Studio
Oct. 4 : 5-10pm  //  Oct. 5: noon-8pm  //  Oct. 6: noon-5pm
1647 Beech St., St. Paul, 55106

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This marks the 10th year Josephine has opened her studio for a show, so she’s celebrating with some really fun opportunities and take-aways. If you bring in your Art Crawl postcard, which I may have handed to you at one point in time, Josephine will even give you 10% off one of her art glass pieces. And take it from me: she never discounts her work, so this is a big deal!

I’ll be showing my State Icon illustrations, including new illustrations representing more states, plus my larger State Icon matted prints, mini State Icon holiday ornaments, and postcards.

We look forward to seeing you!

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It’s an Artisan Revival!

Today, Oct. 1, from 5–8pm, I’ll be at the Authentic, Affluent, Artisan Revival event at the Minneapolis Club. I’ll be among some impressive small business owners (find the info here)!

I’ll be showing my State Icon illustrations, including the newest one, the Minneapolis Club.

Minneapolis Club - State Icon by Christy Johnson, redshoes26

Minneapolis Club – State Icon by Christy Johnson, redshoes26

If you plan to come, RSVP to the event and mention redshoes 26. When you RSVP, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win prizes, including dinner at the Minneapolis Club, a guest-room stay at the Club, and more. Walk-ins are welcome, but why not get entered to win these fab prizes?

See you tonight!


An Authentic, Affluent, Artisan Revival

Next Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 5–8pm, you’ll find me and my art at this cool event at the Minneapolis Club. It’s called An Authentic, Affluent, Artisan Revival, and I’ll be among some super impressive small business owners (find all the info here)!

You can expect to find my State Icon illustrations, including the newest one, the Minneapolis Club (of course!).

Minneapolis Club - State Icon by Christy Johnson, redshoes26

Minneapolis Club – State Icon by Christy Johnson, redshoes26

If you plan to come, please RSVP to the event and mention redshoes 26. If you RSVP, you will be entered into a drawing to win prizes, including dinner at the Minneapolis Club, a guest-room stay at the Club, and more! Walk-ins are also welcome, but why not get entered to win these fab prizes?

I look forward to seeing you on Oct. 1!

An Authentic, Affluent, Artisan Revival Show