Category - Shop

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Pop Shop America Opens Small Boutique in Houston Heights
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Rubymint General – Phoenix, AZ
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Local Nomad- Phoenix, AZ

Pop Shop America Opens Small Boutique in Houston Heights

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

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.

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

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!

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

“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.

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

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

 

 

 

 

Rubymint General – Phoenix, AZ

Rubymint General, Phoenix AZ, shop local, local boutique

 

Rubymint General, Phoenix AZ, shop local, local boutique

Nestled on the outskirts of Phoenix’s historic Coronado neighborhood is Rubymint General– a small boutique that is full of clothing, jewelry, accessories, gifts, and the cutest pet goodies. The shop is still somewhat new to the scene, as co-owners Kat and Kui recently had the grand opening celebration on December 18th, 2016. Kui is more of a fashionista, crafty type of gal- who had also had a passion for opening her own boutique. Kat- on the other hand, is more small business savvy, and is passionate about creating opportunity, and improving and investing in their neighborhood. When Kat learned about Kui’s amazing goal, she thought it was a great opportunity for them to join forces and see what they could come up with.

Rubymint General, Phoenix AZ, shop local, local boutique

 

Rubymint General, Phoenix AZ, shop local, local boutique

Kat also co-owns Smooth Brew, which recently turned two this past May 19th. She wanted to build a fun, customer-focused coffee shop to add to their neighborhood and occupy a building that had been vacant for years. Since it’s right next door, be sure to stop by for a latte or food item before or after shopping at Rubymint General.

Rubymint General, Phoenix AZ, shop local, local boutique

The girls enlist the help of several local artisans, whose products fill the shelves. Here is just a handful of the artists: The Tiny Farmer, 11th Monk3y, April Howland, Bunny Blanky, Redheart Jewelry, Harold’s, John’s Premium Tonic, Knife & Garment, Lafayette Avenue Ceramics, Love and Solder, Bohemia Creations, Crystal Ammunition, Nelson Woodshop, Black Tie Market, Prickly Pear Shop, Regrain Studio, Rye Jewelry, Shiela and Me, SKINS Organics, Silver Lining Goods, A Tattered Heart Studio, plus goods under the Rubymint General label.

Rubymint General, Phoenix AZ, shop local, local boutique

 

Rubymint General, Phoenix AZ, shop local, local boutique

 

Rubymint General, Phoenix AZ, shop local, local boutique

 

Rubymint General, Phoenix AZ, shop local, local boutique

 

Rubymint General, Phoenix AZ, shop local, local boutique

 

Rubymint General, Phoenix AZ, shop local, local boutique

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Rubymint General, Phoenix AZ, shop local, local boutique

 

Rubymint General, Phoenix AZ, shop local, local boutique

 

Rubymint General, Phoenix AZ, shop local, local boutique

 

Rubymint General, Phoenix AZ, shop local, local boutique

 

Rubymint General, Phoenix AZ, shop local, local boutique

 

Rubymint General, Phoenix AZ, shop local, local boutique

 

Rubymint General, Phoenix AZ, shop local, local boutique

 

Rubymint General, Phoenix AZ, shop local, local boutique

Rubymint General is located at:

1441 E. McDowell Rd. Unit 2

Phoenix, AZ 85006

PH: (602)595- 8505

Email: info@rubymintgeneral.com

Local Nomad- Phoenix, AZ

Local Nomad, shop local, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad is tucked away amongst a small plethora of shops in Phoenix’s Uptown Plaza. It recently opened late last year, and was founded by Lauren Danuser. Lauren had dreamt of one day owning her own boutique that offered a variety of unique, handmade goods from all over the world. It wasn’t until 2015, while on a European vacation with her husband, that she really gained her true inspiration while perusing local small boutiques in Paris, Copenhagen, and Berlin.

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

After leaving her job in corporate retail, Lauren decided to take the plunge and make her dream into a reality. How she came up with the name- Local Nomad, was also clever…”The name Local Nomad came to me in the shower one day – I tend to come up with most of my creative ideas in the shower! The name is an oxymoron but it stuck because it aligned perfectly with my concept – locally made goods from different cities around the world. There are so many talented makers and it’s been so amazing connected with these people and supporting fellow entrepreneurs through the process, ” Danuser explained.

If you look closely at the cash wrap’s design, you can make out the outline of what I think is Camelback Mountain…but that’s just what I personally see. I also think that the mirrors also mimic a mountain shape, which is totally appropriate; seeing as we live in a mountainous state.

Local Nomad, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

When the shop opened, I knew I had to check it out. The exterior and interior have a modern, yet raw edginess, in terms of decor. “I worked with my architects on the design and we decided to go with birch plywood for the storefront and fixtures which gives the store a warm, inviting feel. We also decided to include geometric elements in the shop – in the fixtures/shelves, ceiling design and cash wrap. The cash wrap was really fun to conjure up. I had a vision of having little cacti sitting in shelves within the cash wrap and voila!” Lauren was referring to her architects- Mihir Bavishi and Oscar Lopez .

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

The shop specializes in products for unique gifting, as well as apparel and accessories for men, women, and children. “Some of my favorite brands we carry are Gopi Shah Ceramics– handmade in San Francisco, Compartes Chocolate from Los Angeles, Ali Golden– an indie clothing line out of Oakland CA, and Wary Meyers candles which are handmade by a husband and wife team in Maine,” Lauren said.

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Shop Location: 100 E Camelback Rd #168, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Shop Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 10-7
Friday & Saturday: 10-8
Sunday: 11-6
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