Inspiration Monday: A dreamy little shop + Vacation on the North Shore

Monday, July 11, 2016

This last week we were on our annual vacation up the North Shore.  Our travels always lead us to this quaint little town called "Grand Marais." It's a lovely little spot surrounded by lush green hills on one side, and the blue waters of Lake Superior on the other.  
Our tradition has been to always grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate from the little walk up window at the "Java Moose,"  skip rocks until we are tired, and walk around the town exploring the local shops.  There's a certain nostalgia in this town that makes you feel like you've stepped back in time, and has you never wanting to leave.
This year, I discovered a new shop whose style fits right into the hand crafted, rustic refined art culture that I've grown to love about the North.


Upon entering the shop I was met by Kristofer, the owner of the shop.  He's the type of guy who greets everyone with a hug, and makes sure to talk to every. single. person to walk through his doors.
His unique array of pieces lead me to question how he finds and choses which pieces to sell.  Here was his candid response: 

"I choose a lot of the art and wares based on aesthetics and I tend to have become friends with the makers.  I try to aim toward the theory that we can represent the shore/the north through form, tones and materials and not just realistic imagery.  

I carry a lot of artists and makers from minnesota, but I am such a humanist that they don't have to be just from here.  I really believe in helping artists to have lives sustainable by their work.  I tend to buy everything outright and not just sit on inventory.  I know they need to buy materials to continue making."



These large vintage edison bulbs were tempting to buy, though I have no place for them now.  I'm tucking them into my memory for future reference.
There were so many things I could have bought.  From delicious smelling candles, to handmade pottery. Beautiful textiles and fabulous little teak trinkets,  but I finally decided on these.  A little art for my daughter's dorm room, and some lovely bath salts for me.

If you'd like to show him some love, you can find his shop over on Instagram or Facebook.  He is currently working on a website, but will ship if you see something you'd like.

Know of anyone you'd like to see featured here on "Inspiration Monday, or have a room of your own you think we'd all love?"  Send me a message and let's chat!

2 comments:

  1. Superb read just like previous posts.

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  2. Having a shop at such a lovely place is what you all need to spend happy days of your life. Loved the writing and hoping to see more of them in the coming days. God bless you!

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