This week's Friday Feature is Mermaid Bay Mercantile! You can find Mermaid Bay at 3107 Gulf Blvd (the main street of this charming little town), just a stone's throw away from the historic Gulfport Casino. Mermaid Bay is run by the wonderful and hilarious Andrea Farnum, who I always love visiting. She can tell you about any of the great handcrafted products and art in her store and about the makers behind these things. She tells great stories, too! Her staff and her husband are extremely sweet and likeable as well. Yay for nice people!
This week's Friday Feature is Carbon Environmental Boutique! Right now they are my only stockist located in Canada, and I feel proud having my goods sold at their eco-friendly shop. They stock a variety of sustainable, ethically sourced, and non-toxic wares, making sure that each product adheres to the highest environmental standards. This is awesome, and what's more awesome is that even with their strict screening process, they sell a lot of cool stuff! Stuff for adults and babies, stuff for the home, stuff for your tummy (I mean to eat and drink, haha!), stuff for your body, stuff for your walls, stuff for your friends' walls... It's actually really inspiring that people are making and buying while consciously thinking about what impact they will have on the environment. It's not everywhere that you can get zero VOC paint for your walls and perfectly natural cleaning products... plus some healthy snacks and drinks to keep your energized while you paint and clean! How about some sustainably sourced art to hang on your walls, or jewelry to hang on your body? Also, they have a ton of awesome of pop up events, like coffee and olive oil tasting! Sign me up!
Today's "Friday Feature" is Dustmuffin in Los Angeles, California. I've never had the pleasure of visiting Dustmuffin in person, mainly because I've only been to LA once, and for less than a day (I spent my time there going to the Getty Museum and seeing an improv show). But ONE DAY (and hopefully sooner rather than later) I will actually get to spend some time exploring the city, and seeing the cute shops, and visiting Dustmuffin.
My favorite kind of store, Dustmuffin blends vintage items with new gifts, art, cards, jewelry, and more. From their website, "Run by husband and wife team, Kerry Vitello and James Clark, and their partner Diana Jacobs, Dustmuffin was opened in April 2011. Its mission is to bring a fun and enchanting feel to boutique shopping, where the warm Mistral of the southern French countryside meets Cape Cod’s relaxing salty air. Whether finding new designers in Europe, trendsetters in Los Angeles, or scouring estate sales and auctions on the East Coast, the Dustmuffins all share the task of sourcing the best of the best for their customers. Dustmuffin proudly supports other small businesses and loves being able to tell customers that their new “must have” is made up the street or in a small studio a few states away. Fans of Dustmuffin are always surprised with the innovative and creative gift ideas on display, the thought put into choosing each item and the ever-changing inventory. The Artist Receptions are some of the most popular nights at the store and offer locally created artwork that’s not to be missed. Stop by and say hello or just pop in to browse...we can’t wait to meet you!"
I am really into the variety of ceramic animals they keep in their store... so cute! Also there's some really amazing jewelry. If you don't live in California, you can check them out via their website, plus they post lots of pics on facebook too. Also literally all their yelp reviews are five stars... Adam F. says "Hands down the best gift shop / mini men's shoppe / things for toddlers / interesting art pieces / loads of ladythings too / curiosities parlour in Los Angeles. But the real gem here are the shopkeeps: James, Kerry (and Charlotte the pit) are helpful, delightful, and chock full of interesting stories to share and things to say about their wares. Just be nice to them, that's all." Sarah L. says "This lovely shop is expertly curated with vintage treasures, jewelry, children's clothing and toys, gifts, artwork, and more. Exceptional customer service. Great location. Dog and kid friendly. Swoon!"
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