Hooray! It’s my first blog post as co-owner of The Foundrie! Shelah and I have become so close these past couple of years, and there have been plenty of high fives and compromise along the way. I couldn’t be happier that we can now officially call ourselves business partners! And, the new space is everything we could have possibly hoped for. I won’t reveal too much of the new space yet…..we’re saving that for the big grand opening. However, I wanted to take this opportunity to give you all a little sneak peak of the amazing barn wood and other reclaimed items that we acquired from my family’s farm.
I guess it’s true what they say: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. So, when I got word from my dad that the barn on their farm was dilapidated beyond repair, and he was going to have it torn down, I immediately exclaimed “HALT!” (Well, perhaps those weren’t my exact words, but you get the drift.) I knew that there was a place for this perfectly weather wood somewhere in my life. Although this was well before a new space and a partnership in the Foundrie was talked about, I was able to convince my dad to hold off on the demolition.
Once a new location for The Foundrie was decided on, it was a no brainer that the barn wood was going in this space. So, we called upon the help of our good friends Mike and Courtney Turney to assist in the removal of the wood. Luckily they accept payment in the form of homemade apple pie and pony rides! A few trips down to the farm revealed not only amazing weathered wood, but we also found beautifully rusted tin roofing and vintage farmhouse doors, windows and gutters. Our minds were racing with ideas on how to incorporate this awesomeness into the store.
It’s taken a few weeks, but with the help of our husbands, family, and friends, Shelah and I have finally whipped the new space into shape. So pumped for you all to see it!
Are you as in love with our new fitting rooms and curtains as we are?? We finally hung the chevron striped panels we have been slaving over for the past several days along with some real tree bark and deer antler tie backs and we couldn’t be happier with the end result. The fitting rooms feel like you are in a tree house. And we kind of want to move into them and live there forever.
It is so amazing to feel like we are finally making some progress in the new space and I can’t wait to share more pics as we get closer to re-opening. Have to make this short so we can get back to work but wanted to share a couple other fun happenings. Elizabeth and I will be at Plush tomorrow night for Handmade Happy Hour. You can find more info here. And drumroll please…We have been accepted to Renegade Craft Fair Brooklyn this coming June!! Aaah! So excited about this summer. It is shaping up to be a mind blowing season and we can’t wait to dive in!
Finally taking a little break from work at the new space to share a few pics from the Green with Indie Craft Show we vended at on the Webster University Campus a couple of weeks ago. Elizabeth and I had our booths side by side and had some of our fave folks as neighbors which always makes for a fun time. Once the show wrapped up we hit up Schlafly Bottleworks for drinks and gossip with some of our friends and crafties where the beer and conversation flowed as usual.
All in all it was a fun way to spend a Saturday even if loading up half of the store for an 7 hour craft show is a little insane. That’s just how we roll. Eliz and I always talk about how we feel a bit like gypsies always packing up and traveling for craft shows. We think this may be some much needed tattoo inspiration. Will keep you posted!!
And in new shop news we are anticipating being ready to open for business early April and having a grand re-opening party mid to late April. Of course we will post all of the dates, times, and info here as soon as plans solidify. Can’t wait to see all of our customers again soon! Happy spring!!
This is what our lives have looked like for the past week or so. Packing, moving, more packing, more moving…you get the idea. We have finally gotten everything moved into our new location thanks to help from our husbands, friends, and family (you guys are amazing!!) and Elizabeth and I cannot wait to start setting up the new shop. There are lots of odd and ends to finish up before that happens so please excuse our lack of updates around here until we are settled in. We are tentatively planning to re-open early April and will of course post that info here when the time comes.
And since we have such a large space to fill with merch and no plans to re-open until next month we have decided to extend our vendor application period until March 31st!! So please help spread the word to the most talented artists, crafters, and designers you know. We love selling locally made goods but we accept handmade items from all across the country as well. And we have received some fantastic applications so far so keep them coming!!
To celebrate the fact that February 29th only happens once every four years, we have decided to open consignment applications for next quarter a whole day early! Happy leap day everyone!!
So do you make amazing handmade products or have a carefully curated selection of vintage wares? Do you have a budding brand with a great website? Do you want to sell your independently produced or vintage goods at The Foundrie?
If you answered yes to these three questions then may I personally invite you to fill out our consignment application for our summer quarter!! Just click the link for “consignment” at the top of the page and follow the instructions. It is free to apply as always and due to the fact that we are moving into a bigger space, we will be able to accept even more vendors this coming quarter.
You have until March 15th to get your application in so don’t delay! Can’t wait to see all the handmade and vintage goodies you have ready for us! If you have any questions about the application process, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am so excited to finally be able to share the amazing news I have been keeping mum on for the past couple of weeks. The first order of business is to announce that…The Foundrie is moving!! We have signed a lease on a bigger and better storefront in Chesterfield Mall and are beyond thrilled to move into this new space.
It is a beautiful space as you can see above with big display windows, hardwood floors, and white shelving throughout the store. We have so many plans for the future and cannot wait to move in. We are hoping to get settled in by the beginning of April and of course will keep you posted here on our progress.
The bigger space means we will have room for more merchandise, which means we can accept more artists and designers for the summer. We are also working on expanding our selection of vintage merchandise and will be purchasing some fun new items wholesale to share as well. And not only that, but the new store will have a larger space dedicated to classes and events so we will be expanding our offerings in that area as well. Pretty great, huh?
The bigger space also means a lot more work. Which brings me to my next exciting piece of news. Are you ready for it?? Ok, here goes…I would officially like to welcome Elizabeth Hahn-Lawrence on board full-time at The Foundrie as co-owner/marketing and operations manager!!
Elizabeth has been an invaluable help over the past few months and I couldn’t ask for a better partner to help grow The Foundrie. Her passion and enthusiasm for handmade and diy are contagious and her dedication and positive energy make her the perfect counterpart. And before you panic that this means the end of Just Liv, I assure you that Elizabeth still has plans to continue making her fun and fashionable accessories alongside her new role at The Foundrie. So don’t worry your pretty little turban-ed heads.
And the last piece of information I wanted to share today is that The Foundrie will be hiring our first-ever visual merchandising/retail sales interns this summer! These positions are for college credit only but they promise to be educational and loads of fun. If you or someone you know is interested in an internship at The Foundrie, email me at email@example.com and I will forward you the internship description and qualifications.
Longest post ever. Sorry to be so long-winded but we are so stoked about the future of The Foundrie and the potential for growth and success. I would like to thank all of you who are shopping locally, buying handmade, and supporting the dreams of artists, designers, and independent business owners. It means the world to me and makes such a huge difference in our community. I really can never say thank you enough. Thank you!!
Last weekend I was so happy to be able to attend my friend Rachel’s baby shower and Stella was excited to join in on the fun. She took her first bite of the food and said something along the lines of, “This baby shower is great!!” And she was absolutely correct.
I wish I could take credit for some of the decor pictured above but that was all Rachel. She is so talented and creative with such an amazing eye for detail. The food was delicious and the cake was maybe the best I have ever had. And I consider myself to be a connoisseur of cake. Cherry almond with whipped cream frosting?? Yes, please!!
I love celebrating milestones with dear friends and am thrilled for Rachel, Omid, and Gabe and the impending arrival of their sweet baby girl! Can’t wait to meet her!!
Sorry for the silence around these parts lately. There are so many exciting things going on in the world of The Foundrie that I cannot share just yet but what I can tell you is that it’s keeping me busy and feeling productive and excited about the future. So that is something worth sharing, right??
Another little bit of info I can share today is…drumroll please…We are finally getting a much needed blog makeover/re-design and I cannot wait!! It is in the beginning stages so it will most likely be a few weeks before it is finished. But check back often and I will keep you posted on the progress!!
The photos above were taken during our super fun photo transfer class taught by Elizabeth Hahn-Lawrence. We had a great turn out and everyone who attended really enjoyed the class. We are looking to teach this class again in the coming weeks because we just couldn’t fit everyone into our space during one class. The link to classes at the top of this website will be updated to reflect our upcoming classes and workshops so check there if you are interested in taking a class at The Foundrie.
I had the pleasure of doing a segment for Great Day St. Louis on this bright and sunny February morning demonstrating a super simple no-sew infinity scarf diy. Here is the link if you are interested in checking it out. As nervous as I get in front of the camera, everyone at Great Day is always amazing to work with they make it such a breeze. Thanks for being awesome once again Great Day!
And for those of you who caught Elizabeth’s segment for Great Day last week on transferring images to canvas (shown above) and tiles using gel medium and were interested in learning more, you’re in luck!
We are teaching a class on this technique this Saturday February 4th from 1pm to 3pm. The cost is $20 and you will make one tile and one canvas using stock photos during the class and you will go home with a sample of gel medium, a paintbrush, and instructions on how to transfer your own photos at home. To sign up and reserve your spot, call 314-484-0794 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Spaces are going quickly so register asap. Hope to see you there!
Thank you to everyone who came out to the store this weekend. Saturday was super busy and Perennial’s first event was a success. We can’t wait until they come back in March for this make and take. You can sign up early and reserve your spot today!
After a long day at the store, a much needed night out was in order. We headed to Cicero’s to see our friends band Love, Kingsford and enjoyed several cold beers and a great show. I don’t get out nearly as much as I used to pre-Stella and pre-full time retail store but it is always nice to see friends and catch up. I try to remember how much fun it is when Stella is waking me up at 7am telling me it is daytime and I should get out of bed.
Ps. None of the pics do it justice, but I am rocking an amazing screen printed tunic by Ad Love, which we of course carry at The Foundrie. I love Angel’s line and can’t wait to see what she has in store for us this spring!