|Doodle Bird Design + Gift|
First off, give us the address and hours of your cool shop.
So Doodle Bird is two parts: Design + Gifts. Can you explain?
I’m a freelance graphic designer by day and avid crafter by night and working out of my little house with a boyfriend and two cats was getting tight. The thought occurred to me that to help offset the cost of having a studio space I could have a gift shop in the front - two for one. It works out really nice. When the shop isn’t busy I can work on my design projects and when I feel like being crafty, I don’t have to clean up my kitchen table every night.
Why did you want to carry other local artists besides your own fun art?
I know first hand how hard it is to be a small, independent artist so if I could help out other creative people in some way I wanted to give it a try. It’s nice to have a brick and mortar space to sell things when etsy is slow or it isn’t craft show season.
|Banner by Doodle Bird Design|
I’d say there are close to 150 artists currently in the store, including several from HandmadeMN.
Please give us some examples of the art and artists in your shop.
Vandalia Street Press has letterpress cards, Frostbeard Studio has candles, Regan’s Brain has pillows, Nicole Baxter has pottery and Marnie Karger has paper cut lake prints. (All are HandmadeMN members, by the way.)
|Candles by Sweet Bee Honey|
What do your customers like about the handmade local items you carry?
So many people tell me how nice it is to have a little gift shop in the neighborhood where they can buy quality, one of a kind items. And they love the fact that they’re helping local artists.
|Ceramic coffee pour over by NBaxter Pottery|