Richmond is a big city, but has a small community. ~ Mark
Twenty-two is a significant number here at Mongrel for two reasons. Mongrel has been in operation and satisfying the needs of Richmonders in search of hard-to-find, unique gifts and cards for 22 years. And it has been 22 years since the seminal, critically-acclaimed and influential band, The Replacements, played together. Recently, the band reunited after a long period of solo performing. "Who are The Replacements?", you may wonder, and why am I mentioning them? I like to think of The Replacements as Mongrel's "house band" and they are on heavy rotation here in the store. Our Store Manager Garnett, Receiving Manager Chris, and I have grown up with this band. We see a connection between what The Replacements stood for and what Mongrel stands for: a singular voice in what seems to be a very pedantic consumer market. When The Replacements formed in 1979, they were fresh, original, authentic and one of the first bands to make up the beginning of a new music movement known as "Alternative". Formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Paul Westerberg, Tommy and Bob Stinson, and Chris Mars combined to bring a completely new kind of sound to an audience steeped in disposable early 80s synth pop. They range from hard-hitting rock and roll to power pop and then into beautifully constructed, contemplative ballads. The spectrum of their song catalog mirrors The Beatles or Elvis Costello. They could not be more representative of Mongrel: unique, pioneers of originality, and champions of those who want something different!
Written by Virginia
Author's Note: 1984's "Let It Be" is widely believed to be The Replacements best album and is a frequent entry on all-time best rock albums lists. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked it at #239 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and called it "a post-punk masterpiece". In 1989, the magazine has also rated it #15 on its list of 100 Best Albums of the 1980s. In the 1999 miniseries, "VH1's 100 Greatest Albums of Rock and Roll", VH1 ranked "Let It Be" #79. Pitchfork Media rated the album #29 on their 100 Best Albums of the 1980s. Spin ranked it #12 on their list of the 25 Greatest Albums of All Time. The opening track of the album, "I Will Dare" has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
Mongrel Mixtape : The Replacements
It's no secret that Mongrel loves Richmond. That's why we've been here for over twenty years! It's also why we make it a point to carry a selection of unique Richmond and Virginia merchandise. Visiting Richmond for the weekend and looking for a little something to take back home? Live in Richmond and want a little something to share your love? We've got postcards, notecards, magnets, ornaments, art prints and more... And after all, it's Mongrel, so keep your eye out for new arrivals all the time!
The art of paper was brought to Japan in 610 AD by Buddhist monks who produced it for writing sutras. By the year 800, Japan's skill in papermaking was unrivalled, and from these ancient beginnings have come papers unbelievable in their range of color, texture and design.
Washi is the Japanese word for the traditional papers made from the long inner fibres of three plants (Kozo, Mitsuma and Gampi), wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper. Washi maintains a variety of unique characteristics such as strength, flexibility, low acidity, absorbency and soft translucency. Washi is ideal for creating the most elegant of gifts or as a radiant addition to any craft project. Mongrel is excited to offer a great selection of these fine papers.
Signed Young House Love books!
Oh-so-charming Sherry and John Petersik spent the afternoon with us at Mongrel, signing their NY Times Bestseller (you GO, YHL!) for fans who started lining up hours before the event. They were nice enough to sign extras that are available for purchase in-store or by mail (Hardcover, $25.95 plus tax and shipping). Give us a call at 804-342-1272 to purchase by phone.
Smells Like Christmas
If you are not familiar with our Frasier Fir candles by Thymes don’t miss them on your next visit to Mongrel! Essence of Siberian Fir needles, heartening cedarwood and relaxing sandalwood hearken the holiday season. The just-cut forest fresh fragrance begs to be carried beyond the holidays and into the new year. In addition to an extensive candle collection, we have added kitchen and bath products so that you can do just that.
All pieces of the collection include the savvy design packaging the line has become known for.
It’s the little things
Sometimes, the very best thing that comes in the mail is a card. From you.
I saw an article the other day about writing thank you notes — not emails, but notes, on paper, with an addressed envelope and a stamp. It was presented as if it was the most novel idea of this decade. I suppose, in some ways, it is. People forget that the card they’re sending is not as much about them as it is about the recipient. Sometimes, the smallest remembrance can make someone’s day.