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Birdytell Delivers Love and Thoughtfulness Throughout Phoenix
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Kimono Playdate with Kimono Zulu
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Pop Shop America Opens Small Boutique in Houston Heights

Birdytell Delivers Love and Thoughtfulness Throughout Phoenix

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“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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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Thank you, Lisa!

 

Kimono Playdate with Kimono Zulu

 

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Tina Zulu knows kimonos. The niche market PR and branding guru launched her passion project- Kimono Zulu – September 2016, and it has been growing organically ever since. She officially launched at Launch HTX, and currently hosts pop-ups, trunk shows, and even offers kimono playdates; one of which happened while I was visiting Houston a couple months ago. I met up with Tina, along with the brand’s muse-  Zoe “Fashion Plate” at Launch, where the kimonos were set up on a clothing rack. Tina also brought along other fun props and accessories. We also utilized some pieces from Launch HTX, such as: gloves from Inclan Studio, bracelets from Burdlife, handbags from Magpies & Peacocks, and necklaces from Modern Artifacts. As you can see from the photos, we clearly had a blast!

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Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

Tina, in a way, is like my soul sister, at least in regards to fashion. She’s always had that eclectic style and creative spirit. “Vintage is a part of my personal style — I love mixing old and new, high-end designer pieces with vintage gems and thrift scores to express myself.

Throughout the 90s, she ran an event production company called Urban Sugar Productions, where she met a thorough list of artists, models, designers, etc., most of whom she still works with today; like graffiti artist- GONZO247. “On a whim, GONZO tagged a couture evening gown for me for a graffiti themed gala. I loved it so much, and it inspired me to work with other artists to embellish our kimonos. GONZO really inspires me and I’m so proud of the work he does to brand and represent Houston’s creative spirit.”

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Tina has always been a fan of Japanese culture, which started with Hello Kitty (I mean…who isn’t a fan of HK…). She’s been collecting the cute cartoon kitty memorabilia since its’ launch. When she took her son to the Japan Festival last year, she came across a booth that offered vintage kimonos. She immediately connected with the vendor and invited her to do a booth at Houston Vintage Festival. When that vendor was unable to do so, Tina offered to do the booth on her behalf. “I think it was at that moment, that I realized I wanted to be a kimono hustler! So, while filling out Houston Vintage Festival vendor form, I had to enter a company name and upload a logo so that’s when I came up with “Kimono Zulu” — when you marry someone with a cool family name like ZULU, believe me, you’ll use it for everything!”

So the concept of Kimono Zulu was born…..

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“Our brand muse- Zoe is a long-time friend and personal inspiration — not only in the fashion sense, but also by the way she lives her life. Zoe’s fun-loving attitude, creative energy, and generosity is contagious and we are grateful to have her support as we spread Kimono fever to all.”

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Since launching, the brand has collaborated with several fashion designers and multimedia artists to reimagine and embellish vintage kimonos. These artists have done anything from screen printing, hand painting, to spray painting their designs on the kimonos; while the fashion designers cut and re-design the kimonos, transforming them into new and sometimes more modern silhouettes. Collaborations to date have included: Selven O’Keef Jarmon, Katsola, Christy Karll, Rene Cruz, Elijah Coccetti, Dandee Warhol, Jennifer Gabiola of Dawning Soul, Royal McGee, Ann Brooks, Mina Gaber, Soi-K, Judy Masliyah of My Flaming Heart….and stay tuned for more!

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Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to be showcased among so much local talent. I made great relationships with fellow designers and wonderful people that have since kept in touch with — and even collaborated with. They helped me “launch” Kimono Zulu and introduce it to a broader audience and for that, I’m forever grateful!”

Every kimono I have is special, a one-of-a-kind treasure. One of the oldest I’ve had was patchwork silk kimono of beautiful shibori (Japanese form of tie-dye) fabric from the 30s.”

Prices start at $150-$325 for vintage kimonos and $250-$525 for artist collaboration pieces. For more information, visit the brand’s Facebook page, and follow on InstagramFollow @kimonozulu on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to find their next trunk show or pop-up! Or schedule a kimono playdate with Tina Zulu, tinazulu@zulucreative.com, 713.581.4788.

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Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

 

 

** All images c/o Tina Zulu **

Pop Shop America Opens Small Boutique in Houston Heights

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I was first introduced to Pop Shop America, and its’ lovely creative founder- Brittany Bly, about five years ago. I had participated in several of the Mini Pops Markets and even a couple of the Pop Shop America Festivals as a vintage seller. The series of markets/festivals usually consist of handmade goods, fair trade collectibles, and vintage and antique shopping; as well as local food trucks, live music, and oh-so-stylish DIY workshops.

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Brittany felt that since she’s been teaching craft workshops for a few years now, she needed a new space. The shop officially opened on December 2, 2016. She goes on to explain, “We’re really passionate about our online shop and needed a space to pack up online orders. It made more sense to open up our space to the public, instead of treating it like a private office. So Pop Shop America boutique was born! It turns out we love displaying goods and talking to people, so the shop has been fun. We also have great neighbors like Manready Mercantile, Retropolis, and Jubilee.”

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

I was able to visit the shop when I visited Houston last month, and am really proud of what Brittany has accomplished. The downstairs part of the building will house Tea Sip– a small business that specializes in award-winning teas. “The flavors are super modern, like Fudge Brownie Pu-erh and Root Beer Rooibos. It’s going to smell great, and have such great vibes in the shop!”

Follow the neon arrow up the stairs, where you will find yourself immersed in a loft-style trove of mostly locally-made treasures and whimsical decor. Shop wearables from makers such as: Mad Love, Zana, Apdat, Without Remorse, Boo + Boo Factory, Spitphire, Forgotten Arts Clothing; as well as gifts from other artists around the globe, and things Brittany makes in house. Be sure to also peruse the ever-popular beauty bar!

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“We try to make the boutique as fun as the festival! We are in the process of installing 6-foot coloring pages for anyone to try out in our store. We have these huge oversized pinatas in the shop and lots of candy that we can give to kids (if they’re allowed). Everyone always gets a free gift with purchase, and we mix cocktails in our shop on the weekend,” Brittany said.

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Brittany and her team still offer numerous workshops, one of my faves being the DIY Terrarium Workshop. “Our workshops are beginner friendly and super stylish. We make it such a fun event with small bites and light sips! Workshops vary from terrariums, flower crowns, clay marbling and handmade candles. The workshops are different every month, so it’s fun to come back to multiple events! They take place every first Friday evening and every second Sunday brunch.”

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

Pop Shop America is located at:

321 A W. 19th St.

Houston, TX 77008

 

 

 

 

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