The Great Unveiling…

I’ve been waiting oh so patiently to share with everyone the booth that we’ve put together at the Union Square Emporium in downtown Hickory.  We’ve been working on it since labor day, and I think it’s been worth the wait.

To provide a bit of background: the Union Square Emporium (USE) is an attempt to bring local artists and vendors in touch with customers.  It’s set up much the same way as the Woolworth Walk in Asheville.  Each vendor rents a booth that he or she decorates according to his or her choosing and fills with product.  There is one main cash register at the front that checks out all vendors.  The idea is that small businesses like ours have the chance to gain a storefront without all the hassle of manning the store.  As Wayne and I both work full time, it was an ideal way for us to have product available to customers all year long.  To make the deal more appealing, the Healthy Home Market, a lovely health food store, picked up spots at the back of the building and is opening an express version of their store!  It’ll be so nice to have healthy food options readily available downtown.

Now, on to the fun part.   Here’s the booth as we chose it.  I adored the mod design and felt it was quite a shame to paint over it, but it really didn’t fit with our look.

Wayne cut a board and attached it into the corner to try to draw it out a bit.

We had a lovely artist, Scott Keilar come in and do the walls for us.  He used drywall mud to produce a bit of texture and give the walls some interest.

Here are the walls after a couple coats of paint:

Here’s the reason for the board in the corner.  I love our logo and we wanted it to be the focal point of the booth.

Next up was adding lettering.  I wanted the lettering to match exactly so, after much debate, I ordered custom lettering from dalidecals and was ecstatic with the result.  For anyone who is thinking about doing this, be prepared to be very, very patient while applying.

Finally, we added shelves…

….worked on the table….

….and added the soap and lip balm.

Here’s a closeup of the half bar wall.  I love the cookie jars as display pieces.

Here’s the finished booth.  Doesn’t it just look fantastic?

We can’t wait for the October 1st opening.  USE is planning a full day including product sampling, giveaways, and other surprises.  It should be quite the event!  If you’re in the Hickory area, please come out and visit.

And, once again, many thanks to the Kuklas for all their help.  I’m convinced they missed their calling.

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Taste Full Beans

We finished the set up at Taste Full Beans just in time for the Art Crawl that was held on Thursday night.  Although turnout wasn’t quite what it has been in past, I think it was a fairly successful night.  I spent most of it bouncing back and forth between the coffee shop and the Vendor Meet & Greet at the Emporium across the way.  I’m really happy with the display at TFB.  Many, many thanks to Jeanne who managed to come up with it in only a few short days.

Here’s our beginning:

And the end result:

The table holds some business cards and the picture frame has information about us.  Here’s a slightly closer view of the display without the table.

The bottom shelves all hold gift sets.  We pre-wrapped the boxes with ribbon so that people can choose the three scents they like and build their own gift.

The lip balm seems to be popular there.  I love these little bowls – so cute and a perfect fit.

And, of course, the soap.  Since the Emporium is opening soon and Wayne is still at the Farmer’s Market in Hickory on Wednesdays, we didn’t want to leave too much product so we chose four flavors – unscented, patchouli (my personal favorite), evening glow (mix of rosewood, sweet orange, and tea tree oil), and honey oatmeal.

And more soap.  Isn’t it pretty on the plates?

Our products will be available for purchase at Taste Full Beans until the end of October.  I am hopeful that it will introduce more people to our products and get our name out in the community.

The booth at the Emporium is coming along and we hope to be done by the end of next week.  The Grand Opening is October 1st and they have some exciting things planned!

Wrap-up: Historic Morganton Festival

We got home late last night from the Historic Morganton Festival.  It was quite a learning experience for us – our first big festival we’ve attended.  Unfortunately, a large part of Saturday was lost to the rain.  All the same, we enjoyed the experience.  We met some great customers and were able to discuss our products and drive behind the business with quite a few people.  We also had the good luck of having great neighbors.  Since you’re spending 10+ hours a day parked beside these people, it’s nice to be able to chat a bit to pass the time. Continue reading

Historic Morganton Festival

We got home late last night from the Historic Morganton Festival.  It was quite a learning experience for us – our first big festival we’ve attended.  Unfortunately, a large part of Saturday was lost to the rain.  All the same, we enjoyed the experience.  We met some great customers and were able to discuss our products and drive behind the business with quite a few people.  We also had the good luck of having great neighbors.  Since you’re spending 10+ hours a day parked beside these people, it’s nice to be able to chat a bit to pass the time.

Here we are ready to go on Friday.  We couldn’t fit too much more in the car.

Our booth set up was a bit different than we normally do because we were set up in the middle of the road rather than to one side or another, so there was no real back to our area.

I found this vintage wire basket online and loved how Wayne set it up with the cedar soap dishes spilling out of it.

A closer look:

The boxes are our new gift sets that we’re going to offer at the Christmas in the Valley show in Hickory (Oct 28th – 31st) as well as the Emporium which will open October 1st.  Keeping with our ideals, the boxes are 100% recycled boxboard and are made with hydroelectric energy.  The ribbon is 100% natural, handmade from abaca fiber which is a fast growing, renewable resource.

As I mentioned, we chatted a bit with our neighbors.  Brandon and Summer (btpottery@gmail.com) live in Boone and make gorgeous pottery.  The pictures don’t really do it justice – the lighting just wasn’t quite right.

And across the way was Crystal with the Sweet Tea Clothing company.  The shirts say “Carolina girls sweeter than the tea” or “Southern Boys Love their Toys.”  Her shirts were adorable, and the packaging was so creative!  Her products are made just up the mountain in Asheville.

I also bought some Habanero jelly from Judy @ From the Pantry in Leicester that was wonderful.  I got the mild version of course.  🙂

So, it was an enjoyable experience although rather long.  Sitting outside for that long can take it’s toll.  Here’s Wayne at the beginning of the day:

And toward the end:

Staying busy, working hard.  I’m telling you, he can sleep anywhere. Literally anywhere. 🙂

Wayne will be at the Hickory Farmer’s Market the next three Wednesdays (not sleeping I hope!).  Next week I’ll be setting up products at Taste Full Beans in Hickory where I’ll be participating in the Art Crawl on Sept 16th, and then we’re on to the Emporium opening on October 1st.  Our booth is in progress and we’re really excited to see how it will turn out.  Pictures coming soon!