Monday, February 13, 2017

Discover Doodle Bird Design + Gift

by Cindy Lindgren

Doodle Bird Design + Gift
Would you believe she consigns about 150 local artists?! It's true. Meet the owner of Doodle Bird Design + Gift, Kristin Knych.

First off, give us the address and hours of your cool shop.
We’re located at 2803 E 42nd St in Minneapolis.
Hours are Tuesday – Thursday 10-6, Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-3

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
How many artists do you carry?

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

What's the best part of your job as entrepreneur?
Getting to meet all the different artists and being inspired by their creativity.

So after customers shop at Doodle Bird Design + Gifts and support us local artists, what other fun places are there to check out in your neighborhood? My favorite is The Baker's Wife across the street from you.
I’d second that about the Baker’s Wife but there are several other places to visit on the corner as well. You can grab a burger and a beer at Buster’s on 28th, get a coffee or have your bike tuned up at Angry Catfish Bicycle + Coffee Bar or buy some outdoor gear at Mend Provisions. There’s a little something for everyone.

Follow along!
instagram: @doodle_bird_design


Kristin Knych said...

Thanks so much for bringing awareness to such talented artists.

Sharon Parker said...

This is delightful and I'm so glad to learn more about this place, which is in my part of town, but some reason I haven't stopped in yet. Nice job, Cindy, and nice to virtually meet you, Kristin! Now I really am going to stop by soon!