I always say that the shop is a true reflection of us. It's not just because we hand selected our favorite, small batched items and opened the doors. It's because before we began our search for products, we took time to consider our personal beliefs and incorporate them. When people come into our shop, they get a sense of us by seeing our curation, but some of the shop's best qualities may be difficult to see.
My mom and I have a soft spot for animals. I have two pugs (If you've been in the shop, you've met the girls) and my mom has two beagles (you can find them popping up on my mom's instagram feed), but our love doesn't stop for our own. We knew this feeling had to be present at the shop.
We've all heard of animal testing. In short, they test the chemicals that will eventually go on our skin on animals. This is done by force-feeding the chemicals to the animal, rubbing the chemical on the animal's skin and eyes, and finally the "lethal dose" to determine if large amounts of the chemical could cause death. I'm not going to subject you to more horrifying statistics, videos and pictures- you can look them up if you would like to witness the cruelty yourself. Scientists have proven that animals, in fact, don't react the same way as humans do (i.e. chocolate, hello??) and it is NOT mandatory by the United States.
I am always shocked to see the brands that are still using this outdated method of determining if chemicals are safe for humans. Some major companies include: Proctor & Gamble, Estée Lauder, L'Oreal, and Johnson & Jonhson. If you dig deeper into these companies, you'll see that this includes (not limited to) major brands such as, Crest, Tide, Dawn, Clinique, Downy, Avon, Neutrogena, and Garnier. Follow the link to PETA's website and search the beauty and health products currently in your home and find out the truth.
When it came time to decide on our apothecary brands, we knew we had to be selective and find brands that had the same beliefs as us. Grown Alchemist, By Rosie Jane, Woodlot and L:A Bruket are ALL cruelty free. We will continue to follow this standard for new apothecary lines we may carry in the shop and we challenge YOU to follow this standard in your life to help end animal testing.
Woodlot Soap Bar $10
Thursdays at the shop just got better. Stop by every Thursday from 2 until close for a fresh bouquet of flowers just in time for the weekend. We will have limited quantities, and each week we will change up the blooms. Oh, and we'll be pouring bubbles!
(June 6 Blooms: Peonies, Tulips, Kochia, Eucalyptus, and Veronica)
GOLDEN RULE is turning two and we are celebrating May 6th from 11-5!
GRAY will be having local makers, Abbey Holden Studio, Sensorius Co. Candles, and WooDan. ONEHOPE Wine will also be sampling their wine. In addition to the tasting, part of the proceeds from each bottle purchased will benefit our charity of choice, Open Hands Foundation. ONEHOPE Wine also donates a part of the proceeds to a charity of their choice. See their impact here.
We can't wait to see you!
Founded on the coastal town of Byron Bay in 2014, Lara and Matt had a vision to create simple pieces reflecting the lifestyle of Australians. They use only the highest quality leather and fabrics to create their minimalistic designs.
Basic Slide ($149)
Lara and Matt focused in on the philosophy that less is more (If you've spoken with my mom or myself, you've probably heard this saying before!). They wanted pieces that were versatile. Something that a person could use in everyday style as a part of their capsule wardrobe.
Momo Small Clutch ($99)
Like us, they recognize that we are responsible for our environment. They strive to reduce waste as much as possible from shipping in re-usable dust bags to using small, local farms to source their leather.
Jun Sandal ($159)
I've already taken the Jun home for myself. After putting them on, I realized just how comfy they are. The soft suede straps are thick and the addition of the heel strap is perfect for extra support. Plus, I couldn't get over the color- I'm sure you'll see me wearing them close to everyday this summer. And if you are liking their SS17 sandals, just wait until we bring in their fall mules. We are already obsessing over them.
In 1870, a small brush manufacturing, Iris Hantverk, was born in Stockholm, Sweden. The core business consisted of brush binding manufacturing. To this day, the brushes are still hand made by visually impaired craftsmen. They believe it brings a new dimension to the concept of being hand made.
The philosophy of Iris Hantverk remains the same. They care for their craftsmen and the survival of the brush binding business. "We believe that many, like us, appreciate the feeling and quality of a hand drawn brush made of natural materials.
Everyday Dish Brush: The brush you will use (yep, you got it) everyday. This brush is made from beech and horse hair. Horse hair is soft and gentle to clean your daily mess without scratching. Once your brush has seen better days, purchase a refill instead of buying a whole new one.
Round Knob Dish Brush: This dish brush, produced with the same materials as the Everyday Dish Brush, but with a slightly more adorable style. Good for pots and pans as well as everything else.
Dry Use Face Brush: This is the softest brush you will ever touch. It's made from oak and goat hair. You should use the brush on a dry, clean face. No water needed on this brush since it will ruin the goat hair. Using this brush will remove dead skin and give the skin a fresh glow. I tend to use this little guy twice a week.
See our full line up of Iris Hantverk products here
GRAY's favorite gifts for under $50!
Leather Works Minnesota
Wrist Zip $48 (Also Available In Black)
By Rosie Jane
Fog Linen Work
Fredericks & Mae
We have teamed up with GOLDEN RULE to have various pop-ups with local artists to help you get started on your Christmas shopping. Or maybe you just want to treat yourself!
GRAY: We will be having Abbey Holden Studio, Denise Houser Designs, Cait Courneya, and Andas Mer from 10-6. Susie Shubert and her Badass Planner will also be at the shop from 4-6. We will have s'mores, macarons, and prosecco to celebrate.
GOLDEN: Upstairs at WRKSHP, there will be free Coffee Cart MPLS from 10-2. Also, there will be Solid Manufacturing Co., NEAL Jewelry, and Minny & Paul with their curated gift boxes full of local goodies.
Save the date!
Fall is a magical time of year. The leaves turn bright colors, the sunshine becomes golden, and the crisp air drags you outside. It was a perfect time to have an outdoor dinner with our friends, GOLDEN RULE, Solid Mfg Co. and Brightwater.
We started with our outdoor cedar table. As always, this table was made locally with reclaimed wood and made to withstand the outside elements. It made a great blank canvas for our outdoor dinner.
We then added our pottery line. The white really stood out against the dark table. We used our dinner size plate. To serve the salad, pasta, and cranberry chutney, we used a variety of our nesting bowls. We made sure to have a pitcher of water and our honey pot to drizzle over the cheeses. The berry bowl with grapes over flowing from it adds a fun pop-of-color. Finally our Revere Lantern anchors one end of the table.
We went with our Denim Fog Linen Work Napkins against the white plates. We loved how the heathered navy looks against the clean white. We placed a sprig of Rosemary on top of each napkin.
Sunsets happen pretty quick in the fall so we placed a variety of votive holders around the eucalyptus and rosemary runner we had running down the table for a little extra light.
We picked a couple of bottles of red and white wine to make sure everyone had something they would like. These vintage glasses are from GOLDEN RULE. Salud!
We served the food family style. It's always fun and intimate to pass around food with loved ones while chatting. We had a pesto pasta, a cranberry and apple chutney, a meat charcuterie, a cheese charcuterie, an arugula salad, and some sliced marinated beef.
We brought a few wool blankets from Faribault Woolen Mill Co. for when it got dark and a little chilly. It was a good night to take time for each other and enjoy the company.
It's time we talk about our beloved Vancouver line, Woodlot. This line, hand poured by couple Fouad and Sonia, features candles, soap bars, and mists.
Maybe you saw her beautiful products during her pop-up in the shop back in June, but today we are going to meet Talin Spring, the artist behind SPRING FINN & CO.
Talin was born in Istanbul to a family of shoe makes and leather lovers. She was raised in a home where everything was hand made. Her mother and grandmother were both very skilled in embroidery, sewing, and knitting.
She spent most of her life in France until attending Columbia in NY for her graduate degree. Talin then began her career as an investment banker. After doing this for 12 years, she moved back to France, forcing her to leave her job. She started working free lance for French clothing lines. After hours of working with artisans, she was ready for her new adventure.
SPRING FINN & CO. is hand crafted in Minneapolis. All materials are sourced in the USA. My personal favorite is the Simple Leather Clutch. I bought mine during her pop-up and I haven't put it down since. It's perfect to throw in my work bag and take out after work for happy hour or dinner. I like to use the leather strap by double wrapping it around my wrist like below.