As is typical each December, I look back on the year that has just passed. This was one of the best years—if not the best year—of my life. I’m so thankful for the opportunities that came my way, as well as for your love and support. I look forward to what 2014 will bring for me and redshoes26.
Here’s a quick recap of 2013:
- I participated in 29 art and craft shows this year. In addition to many in the Twin Cities—No Coast Craft-O-Rama, Craftstravaganza and Craft’za, Stone Arch Bridge Festival, Saint Paul Art Crawl—I also traveled to several in other states. I went to Texas twice, did two events in California, and also showed my work in New York, Ohio, North Dakota, Illinois, and Rhode Island.
- My list of retail shops grew to 20. Newly added in 2013 are Pharmacie, Roe Wolfe, the Minneapolis Club, the Weisman Art Museum’s WAM Shop, and the Mill City Museum Shop, all in Minneapolis. Outside of Minnesota, there’s The Foundrie in Chesterfield, MO; Sparrow Collective in Milwaukee, WI; Collector in Berkeley, CA; and Third Street Gallery in Grand Forks, ND.
- Thanks to the shows I did in the different states, my State Icon collection expanded immensely. I went from having about 75 different drawings at the beginning of the year to ending with 168. And I have plans to add lots, lots more in 2014!
- So many custom State Icon orders came in this year. It truly warms my heart to know that people have chosen me to draw things that are important and meaningful to them.
- I completed several logos: one for an anti-bullying organization, Let’s All Be Friends, another for internal communications at Best Buy, and one for my dad’s new business, On The Level Woodworking.
- I wrote three stories for Viking Magazine, a Sons of Norway publication.
- As Art Director, I designed all of the printed materials and ads for MNfashion again this year, including for our twice-yearly fashion events, The Shows. Prince even showed up for one night of The Shows this spring, and it’s exciting to think that he saw my work! MNfashion also brought back the rock/fashion show Voltage this year, and I helped our crew with that event as well.
- I photographed a wedding in Sandstone, MN, that was really fun.
- I was a hair model again, this time for Kathryn Hornick of Root Salons. We participated in Wella Professionals’ TrendVision 2013 event at the Walker Art Center.
- I joined Instagram! You can follow me there at redshoes26cj (you can also check in with me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and via my monthly email, redshoes news).
I’m headed to Cleveland, OH, this week for this weekend’s Cleveland Bazaar. It’s on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15, at 78th Street Studios in the SmARTspace on the first floor. We’ll be there from 10am – 9pm on Saturday and 10am – 6pm on Sunday. Among the 100 crafters you’ll find at the event will be yours truly, redshoes26, as well as Larissa Loden and Colette Paperie.
Below are the details of the event. It’s my last show of the year, so come out if you’re in the Ohio area! After this weekend, I’ll be busy making new things in my studio and taking a well-deserved breather. It’s been such a fun year, and I really appreciate all of your support. Thank you, and have a happy holiday!
This will be short and sweet since I’m in a car on my way home from Austin, TX (no, I’m not the driver), but I wanted to let you know that I’m joining in on the fun of Cyber Monday. Make a purchase today, Dec. 2, on http://www.redshoes26design.com/shop and pay no shipping. No coupon codes, no hassle. Happy shopping!
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!)
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 Kitchen, SooVac, Moxie—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.
I wanted to give you a quick reminder that this Saturday, Nov. 16, is Craft’za! Last year’s show was a huge success, and I can’t wait to see you all there tomorrow.
Here’s a link to the Grain Belt Bottling House, where the show will take place. redshoes26 will be there with the other awesome vendors from 10am – 5pm. I’ll have with me all kinds of State Icons, new boxed card sets, and mini State Icon ornaments.
There’s free parking, and the event is free to attend. And there will be food trucks! Food trucks!
Bring a friend and come to Northeast Minneapolis!
It’s the holiday show season! How do I know? Because I’m updating my blog with show info every week, and my calendar has scribbled show info written on every weekend “block” in my calendar this month and most next month, too! It’s exciting, and I’m looking forward to meeting people, showing my new work, and hobnobbing with my fellow creative types.
This Saturday, I’ll be at Craft’za, the second annual craft fair put on by the folks behind Craftstravaganza. This year’s Craft’za event is taking place at the Grain Belt Bottling House in Northeast Minneapolis. I’ll have State Icons, mini State Icon Ornaments, larger matted prints, new boxed greeting cards, zippered pouches, and hopefully a few other brand new items that are in the works! I’m looking forward to debuting the new work, and my fingers are crossed that this will be the event at which I can do that….
Saturday, Nov. 16
10am – 5pm
Grain Belt Bottling House
77 & 79 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN, 55413
Curious where you can find redshoes26 in person for the remainder of 2013? Here’s a handy schedule that lists the shows I’ll be participating in in the coming months.
Come find me and say hi!