Happy New Year

December 31, 2009 at 3:43 pm (Uncategorized)

Sorry the holiday posts have been a little bit inconsistent. I have been enjoying the holidays with my family and am vacationing right now in Florida. I will return January 4th and I will resume with regular posts on the blog. I did want to let you know that due to New Year’s, First Friday is rescheduled for January 8th. Artspace and Studio 109A (along with many of the other downtown art galleries and studios) will be closed January 1st, but will be open late January 8th. Artspace will be open from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. I hope to see you there.

Happy New Year!


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Shop Local: Epona & Oak

December 10, 2009 at 10:13 pm (Shop Local)

Like you, I have made my list and checked it twice. After braving the mall Thanksgiving weekend, I was looking for shopping alternatives to keep me out of the mall, which led me quite literally to the shop around the corner, Epona and Oak. Epona and Oak is located on Blake Street in City Market, around the corner from Artspace. 

Owned by three sisters, Leeann, Cheryl and Katie Hynes, this specialty boutique features the work of independent designers and artists, including  accessories, apparel for women, jewelry, handbags, gifts and paper goods. The concept for the store came from the Hynes sisters’ long-time desire to start a family business that combines their individual experience in retail, service and wellness. All three are strong believers that a business should be run responsibly with regards to the health of both the environment and the community.

Some of my favorite gifts (all for $20 or less) include the Red Prairie Scraves, the duct tape wallets, and the Bazil Essentials soy tea lights and candles.  

Red Prairie Scarf

 And when you  done shopping, nestled in the back of the store, is a tranquil wellness studio that provides a wide array of massage therapies, acupuncture and energy work. The wellness studio also features handcrafted and organic bath, body, and facial care products. Facial and massage packages start at $90.

So, if the thought of mall crowds is stressing you out, or you are just looking for some specialty items for those hard to get people on your list, head over to Epona and Oak. Tell them Lauren sent you, and while you’re there be sure to sample the organic chocolate and smell the new soy candle scent for the holidays, Spiced Cocoa Mint.  

Note: Artspace artists receive a 10% discount at Epona & Oak.

Duct Tape Wallets


Captive Collective T-shirts

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