Archive - September 2017

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A Market Off Mill Celebrates Grand Opening
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Birdytell Delivers Love and Thoughtfulness Throughout Phoenix
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Strawberry Hedgehog One Year Anniversary Party

A Market Off Mill Celebrates Grand Opening

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market Off Mill (or AMOM) held their Grand Opening celebration a couple months ago. It is a shared space concept that was created by Shanel Smith. Smith originally had a traveling and online boutique called Obsessed, which she started 2.5 years ago. It was a creative outlet for her to sell her repurposed vintage tees, along with other clothing from up-and-coming designers from around the country.

After doing that for some time, she felt that she wanted to plant some roots in the community. She explains further, “I knew that I needed to settle down and begin creating a solid foundation for myself, and I knew I couldn’t have done that with the traveling boutique so I begin exploring options for a retail space. To be honest, I was a little scared of pursuing that on my own, so my sister gave me the idea of having other small business owners join me and making it a shared space.  And so AMOM was born on a Sunday night sitting around the dinner table.”

She found a quaint space off Mill Avenue, and enlisted the help of several local makers to join her in the venture. Along with selling her Obsessed brand, the other makers include: Slather Botanicals, Emerge, Keep It Wild Co., Southwest Leggings, Adam Rabbit Jewelry, Bearded Lads, BÄRA, Knee Deep Denim, Iconic Cocktail Co., and Burn Candle Company. “As a small business owner, it is hard to work with other people because you feel like a lot of the people who are “helping” do it with intentions of benefitting themselves.  Sometimes it’s hard to find people who really want to help small businesses grow….well I wanted to change that.  With AMOM I wanted my fellow small business owners to know that this truly is about them, it is about helping them grow and bringing more attention to their brand and awareness to the community about small companies who previously were online only or a pop-up-shop.  This is not a business venture for myself, but a business venture for all small businesses in Arizona.  I want this to be a place they can come and grow,” Smith explained.

The Grand Opening celebration was well-attended. It was so great seeing such a welcoming community that supports small businesses. Guests were treated to cocktails (and mocktails) by Matt and Kaylee- the duo behind the famous-all-over-Phoenix Iconic Cocktail Co. Passed bites were served by Honey Bears BBQ, which unfortunately I wasn’t able to savor due to diet restrictions; however, I could tell that guests enjoyed them, as plates were empty in a matter of minutes. For dessert, there were beautifully decorated cactus cookies, succulent cupcakes, and small cakes in a cup- created by Lisa’s Boxed Kakery. Those little cake cups pack so much flavor in such a small bite!

Follow A Market Off Mill on Facebook and Instagram to check out when their workshops are, as well as other announcements.

Scroll down to see more photos from the event.

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birdytell Delivers Love and Thoughtfulness Throughout Phoenix

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

“A little birdy once told me…. ”

Lisa Morrow was five when she moved to Arizona. For a while, she traveled around; but always found herself back in Arizona. She’s always had a fondness for the state, as well as entrepreneurship and creating. She owned a coffee shop in Phoenix for a bit until becoming a parent. She then got her Master’s in counseling, and worked as a crisis counselor. It was during that time that she realized how disconnected and lonely people were, especially since technology has gotten more prevalent in our daily lives. It had her thinking about how to connect the future as our society becomes more plugged in.

Birdytell was largely born out of a moment of frustration. Lisa kept getting asked, “What do your kids/husband want?” as it neared the holidays. “I’m going to be buying all these gifts, and trying to take care of all these needs, and I won’t have time to spend with my children because I only have a few days off to do what I love to do… It’s the idea that we are purchasing things, but we don’t really know people very well anymore…There’s got to be a way for people to be more thoughtful to one another. I think there are ways to connect with people through celebration, and even connect them within their community. All these feelings just bubbled up in this moment while I was at the office… I just started thinking about how we can know and connect each other better and do that through celebration,” Lisa explained.

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

So one day, she came home and told her husband about the idea. “I wanted to eventually leave my job and start this whole team and company, and he was very supportive. The next morning, he said, “you’ll have to come up with a name,” Lisa was telling me. “I just didn’t want the word, ‘gift’ in the name. I wanted it to be something sweet and a little more meaningful, like a ‘little birdy told me…’ So the husband wrote ‘a little birdy told me,’ and changed the configuration of the words. He came up with ‘birdytell.’ I love birds so much, but it had nothing to do with that. It was just a phrase that came to mind. It’s like if a little birdy could tell you a little bit more or remind you that we want to be thoughtful…People have a deep need to connect and the intention is there..there’s just a mismatch of how it plays out. So if you just had a birdy to tell you, then we could all be a little more thoughtful, so it’s a play on that.”

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Throughout the years, entrepreneurship has risen in Arizona, especially in the Phoenix area. Due to that, Lisa thought that the community would be a perfect start for this bespoke business. She found a quaint office space in the heart of Downtown Scottsdale, based upon its vicinity to the different communities around Phoenix. She wanted to source everything as thoughtfully as possible. “We wanted to know the people that made the items in person. We didn’t want things coming in boxes. If we were going to buy products, we wanted to support small businesses. We want to champion people that are trying to create great things and make their dreams come true. We also do things that don’t make sense. We don’t ship. We’ve had to turn away business, as it doesn’t fulfill the experience of us really wanting to be something special and unique.” With that being said, they only hand-deliver within a 25-mile radius of the Phoenix Metro area. They also give their clients a choice of stopping by the Scottsdale office to pick up the gift.

As far as vendors are concerned, they offer quite an assortment, though they are always on the hunt for new and exciting brands. “We encourage vendors to come in, or we go meet them. We can talk a little bit about market needs/desires. Or have you thought about making this or that. That dialogue really helps shape our business and connect with people and understand their products better… We want to create collaboration instead of competition, so we try to take a few items that would be unique to an experience. We can fit people in different places where they can shine, and are unique.”

Seriously, who wouldn’t want a cute box of goodies from local artisans?! Birdytell offers most of my favorite local brands, including:  Paige Poppe, MAME Soy Candles, Oxford Dogma, Ruze Cake House, Iconic Cocktail Co., Teaspressa, M+A Naturals, Crooked Cactus, Iron Root, Enlightened Candles, Boyfriend Candles, Burn Candle Co., XO Confections, The Simple Farm, Black Rock Engraving, Citizen Home Decor, Stone Grindz Chocolate, Tea Time Scottsdale, wooden toys made by a 2nd generation toy maker, Fynn Baby, Be Good, See Salt, Passport Coffee, Bluehouse Coffee, Lafayette Avenue Ceramics, American Mule, Happy Tails Barkery, and Lua Skincare.

The curated gifting experience had a soft launch during Mother’s Day of last year, and has had an amazing response.

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Be sure to check out their Instagram, “We feel like we can tell a visual story better, and celebrate more people that way. We try to highlight makers every week, as well as show new things that we have.”

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

“There’s something lovely about getting a gift that’s been made by, hand packed by, and handwritten by people in their own community. It’s just this nice circle… We’re all here for you on your special day.”

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

The holiday season is soon approaching. If you are local to the Phoenix area, what better way to show your love, or appreciation of your friend or significant other, then to get them a personalized or curated box from Birdytell.

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Thank you, Lisa!

 

Strawberry Hedgehog One Year Anniversary Party

Strawberry Hedgehog vegan boutique in Phoenix

Phoenix’s “IT” vegan soap shop and boutique- Strawberry Hedgehog, just recently celebrated their One Year Birthday. Loyal customers and friends flocked to the store to support owner Tracy Perkins. Tracy is still a one-man show, but now has the help of a few family members and employees. All her soaps are vegan, cruelty-free, and made in small batches. The shop also carries a variety of vegan goodies from local artists and brands.

That evening, the celebration consisted of mingling; sampling some foods from area vegan restaurants, such as The Coronado, Treehouse Bakery, Volstead Public House, La Pupusarita, 24 Carrots, and Green. Everything was yummerific, as always (as Phoenix just has a “thing” for amazing food); especially the Lavender Brownies from Treehouse Bakery, and the Brussels Sprouts (forgive me, not sure which restaurant they are from). There was also a pop-up mini market, which featured some of the brands in the shop, including: Madalyn Nault Accessories, Hoshi Paper Art, Happy Kitty Ceramics, Lila Jo Love, Haus Panther, Fluffy Vegans, Spoonsen Forksen, and Jar of Buttons. Henna artist- La Luna Henna was on hand, creating beautiful masterpieces on guests. I opted for the complimentary chair massage from The Back Rub Company. I literally can’t give enough praise to the masseuse- Sonia. Let’s just say, my back LOVES you!

Congratulations Tracy on this and many more successes!

Play the slideshow below to check out more highlights from the event.

Strawberry Hedgehog

Hours: Wednesday- Sunday ~ 11-7pm

Is located at: 

1501 W. Thomas Rd.

Phoenix, AZ 85015

 

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