Local artist and jewelry designer Heather Houser is setting up shop in Santa Barbara for the Holidays. Heather’s brand “Special” will carry handmade goods from local and North West artists including Brown sugar Beach Club kids line, KB By Kirsten Blair graphite organic drawings, Heather Huhn perfume, Appetite’s handmade and printed textiles, bags from Erin T and Drea Frost and much more. The store will be filled with gifts you won’t see everywhere else and tons of one of a kind gems too. Heather herself creates many different artisan and craft products. The pop up shop will feature her jewelry line, beauty products, hair accessories and artisan goods. Heather replied “ I love to create and share my handiwork with others, and having a retail venue will allow me to bring artists and buyers together in community. I want people to have a tactile and visceral experience when they shop with me and leave with a sense of happiness and belonging.”
My Pop Up Shop is opening so soon. I thought I would write a little info bio to share with you. Check it out below.
Heather relocated to Santa Barbara just over two years ago from Portland Oregon and is making her mark on the local community. She has hosted many trunk shows with Funk Zone tasting rooms and is now ready to take the next step into a Pop up shop. The pop up shop concept is a way for small artists to have a store front for a limited time without having to commit to a year round location. Heather did however have a shop in Portland for almost two years and has over twelve years of retail management experience. Heather comes from a family of inspiring makers and crafters who were always creating and selling their wares. Heather’s mother was her biggest teacher and supporter. “She taught me how to create from the heart and how to love what I do,” Heather declared. Her mother passed away over six years ago and Heather has taken that lesson of love and creation and made it her passion and livelihood. Even her business’s tag line reflects her message: Live Love. Remember.
Heather is partnering with Lola, an established Santa Barbara boutique, to share retail space. Special’s jewelry is already featured at Lola and when Heather began looking for temporary retail space it made sense to stay where she already had a customer base. Nicole Green, Lola’s owner made it an easy alliance. “I just love working with Nicole and her store is just so bright and inviting. I couldn’t have wished for a better space”, said Heather. The temporary shop’s home goods, jewelry, kids gifts, men’s effects and art will be the perfect pairing with Lola’s clothing and accessories.
Special will open its doors on November 1st 2014 and will be open through December 24th 2014. Heather will be hosting her grand opening First Thursday November 6th from 11:00 am to 9:00pm. “It will be and all day party”, boasts Heather; “ I want people to come to have fun and get gifts they can feel good about giving.” Special will host shopping events and offer free giftwrap through out the holiday season.
I can’t wait to see all of you at the shop.
Live. Love. Remember.