I love that Mongrel is always fresh with new products. ~ Noel
Teroforma first captured our senses a couple years ago with their now-classic whiskey stones, a set of small soapstones cubes designed to be frozen and added to your whisky to cool your drink without watering it down. Since then, they have continued to impress with their expanding collection of other high quality goods for the table, both whisky related and not. Be sure to come in and check out our entire collection of Teroforma goods next time you are in the neighborhood!
Southern Shake, Shake, Shake
There aren't many things that are more iconic of the south than the Mason jar. At least not in the eyes of Eric Prum and Josh Williams– the southern raised creators of the Mason Shaker and authors of the new book Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails.
With a shot of southern sensibility, and a passion for delicious cocktails, the Virginia native best friends combined an obsession with vintage kitchenware and an uncanny ability to fashion impromptu drinking tools, and The Mason Shaker was born. Made from classic glass Mason jars and high quality stainless steel, The Mason Shaker pays perfect tribute to both bygone American eras and modern usability.
The two didn't just leave us with a great cocktail shaker though– not without sharing the entirety of their passion for cocktails in a just released book called Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails. Filled with seasonal, straightforward drink recipes and great photography, the book reminds us that cocktails should be simple, social, and above all, fun.
Mongrel is happy to be among the first stores in the country to offer both The Mason Shaker and the book Shake, and hope that find them both as great as we do.
The Crafty Crafters of Night Owl
With a passion for fine craftsmanship, detail, and environment, Alan Henderson and Jennifer Tatham went out on a limb to start Night Owl Paper Goods, a stationery company devoted to creating handmade letterpress cards and eco-chic wooden goodies. The duo finds inspiration in the versatile works of Swedish and American folk artists, Brittish haberdashers, as well as the cute critters and colossal colors that mother nature provides daily. Their wooden cards (available for all different occasions) and other goodies can be found right here at Mongrel.
Night owl paper goods has been featured on "The Today Show" and in numerous publications, including Everyday with Rachel Ray, Family Circle, Redbook, Cottage Living, Country Living, Women's Day, Southern Living, Southern Accents, as well as Australian Reader's Digest, Marie Claire, Wedding Style Guide and Canada's House & Home, Style at Home and Canadian Family.
Since the moment they began offering stationery and greeting cards, Elum Letterpress has revitalized the centuries old art-form of letterpress printing while reflecting the current trends in the world of design and fashion like no other. Their sophisticated and often incredibly detailed designs are fabricated on superb 100% pure cotton rag printing papers with great precision and attention to detail. The result is something truly magnificent that is sure to impress anyone lucky enough to experience it. Mongrel carries greeting cards for all occasions from Elum in addition to unique notecard sets, lavishly packaged to transform your stationery into a chic personal accessory.
You asked for it, and you got it!
We're pleased to offer a great new collection of goods from the one-of-a-kind Rifle Paper!
It's hard to get enough of Rifle Paper's signature hand-painted florals– especially on journals with soft linen covers and luxurious interior pages... or now, on their elegant new line of iPhone covers!
Bison of Bellingham
Mongrel takes great pleasure in offering great handmade cards that are made by folks who are passionate about the preservation and evolution of print. When great new cards make their way to our shelves, we can't help but share a little bit of their stories.
Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress is owned and operated by husband and wife team Carly & Kevin out of Bellingham, Washington.
Their journey began in 2004 as Bellingham's premier letterpress and bookbinding studio, offering design and custom printing to their local community—well known for its active, eccentric, artistic, nature-loving citizens and businesses. Their style and process have been refined through years of producing hundreds of custom jobs. These experiences are the foundation of their letterpress paper goods collection.
As designer and artistic director, Carly collaborates with an inspired group of hardworking artists. Together they are gently pushing the boundaries of the traditional letterpress look—producing new designs that are whimsical, sweet, and edgy. These creations come to life through Kevin's impeccable letterpress print work, most notably his ability to give a balanced, heavy impression that is both pleasing to the eye and satisfying to the touch.
They are passionate about their role in the preservation and evolution of letterpress printing and book arts, and hope that their hard work contributes to the longevity of hand-written correspondence.
We are elated to offer greeting cards by artist/designer Ashkahn Shahparnia! Ashkahn has been featured in Interview Magazine, Paper Magazine, The New York Times & Taschen to name a few. In 2011 he was nominated by Print Magazine's prestigious Top 20 Under 30. To get a better understanding of Ashkahn and his work, checkout this video:
Bold. Colorful. Modern. Ready to put a smile on your face. These exceptional wall clocks are the fine work of Paul Ocepek (o-sep-ik). Trained as an industrial designer, Paul has been involved in the development of tvs, toys, telephones and trash cans. Motivated by a burning desire to design and produce unique, well crafted and locally made goods, Paul launched his first product line in 2010. His line of laser cut clocks are made from quality baltic birch plywood and printed with non-toxic water-based inks in Massachusetts! It's fun stuff for your cabin, castle, or crib!
Started in 2006, Petit Collage is all about good design. Artist Lorena Siminovich approaches all she does including authoring and illustrating over 20 children’s books with this philosophy. With her team of designers, she creates modern wall décor and home accessories influenced by midcentury design. The studio, located in an artistic hub of San Francisco, is an incubator of new ideas, art, and illustration where creating great design and pushing the envelope on new formats is the norm. Playfulness imbues every format Petit Collage touches. Striving to handcraft their goods in a sustainable way using the best-quality, most forest-friendly materials available is equally important.
Sure to delight inspired children and grown-ups alike and found in homes the world over, these goods are perfect for the nursery yet sophisticated enough for any room in the contemporary home.
Urban Graphic is a UK based contemporary and design-led publisher of greeting cards and stationery that have been going strong since 2003. Fueled by a passion for design and an obvious interest in every aspect of popular culture, their work incorporates elements of illustration, music, fashion and film, which has earned them commercial success and numerous industry awards.
The company directors attribute their insight into the 'commercial' side of design to their beginnings in retail and are on their way to opening up a new retail store as well as their own print studio to allow them to offer limited editions and original mono-prints of their designs. Urban Graphic plans to continue to collaborate with many great artists and hope to expand out of the stationery market to offer other different product lines.
Mongrel is happy to offer some of their best card lines in addition to some of the most unique giftwrap you will ever find anywhere.
GET YOUR FREAK ON
Beverage drinkers of all kinds, we present to you the ultimate drink insulator: The Freaker! Made in the USA by the self proclaimed “global leader in preventing moist handshakes and sweaty beverages”, the Freaker is a one-size-fits-all beverage insulator that’s as functional as it is fashionable. Hiding the hooch while walking the pooch? Just rockin’ tap on the way to the GAP? Let your Freaker flag fly! Mongrel has lots of freaking styles to choose from– just don’t call it a coozie...
SOY HAS BEEN HUMBLED
Anyone who has ever put thought into buying a fine candle knows that there are several questions we ask when looking for one. How potent is the candle? Does it burn clean? Is it made from quality ingredients? Does it look as good as it smells? Our latest line of candles scores an emphatic yes on all of these tests. Candle enthusiasts: meet Voluspa!
For a long time, the finest candles we’ve found have been made from soy. Touted as burning cleaner than traditional candles, soy has become somewhat of a standard in the fine candle world. Voluspa founders Troy and Traci Arnsten are shaking that standard with their exquisite line of proprietary formula coconut wax candles. Burning 90% cleaner than soy-based candles, this creamy coconut wax blend also provides enhanced fragrance throw.
Despite being the first candle manufacturer to use coconut wax in candles commercially, the Arnsten’s candles carry no hint of an amateurish first attempt. From the beachy scent of their Laguna candle, to the rich, woodsy and instant favorite Suede Blanc, their candles are both exotic and sophisticated. When it comes to pleasing the senses, the couple did not stop with the nose. Their love of art is apparent as Voluspa candles are not only clean burning and exquisitely scented, but also some of the most luxuriously packaged candles we have ever seen.
With all bases covered, Mongrel is delighted to offer this great new line of candles. A perfect gift for yourself or someone dear, we hope you’ll come by and allow yourself to be taken by these candles as much as we have!
ALL OF THEIR BEESWAX
Cracked lips. Chapped lips. Dry hands. These are natural problems, as old as man. So why not cure them with something natural, as old as man? That is the idea behind the well focused line of natural skin care products by Worker B. Challenging the market of corporate skin care products crammed with synthetics we can't pronounce (and probably shouldn't be putting on our body), Worker B makes natural artisan skin care products from quality natural beeswax to help remedy those cracked and chapped parts of life.
It's probably none of my beeswax, but why beeswax you may ask? The answer to that question lies in the natural properties of beeswax. Beeswax has natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties in addition to being a nourishing moisturizer. This makes it the perfect ingredient for providing natural relief for the dry and cracked skin we all experience at one time or another.
Worker B uses only the finest and most potent organic beeswax in all of their handmade products, giving you the amazing natural skin care that you can only find in an artisan made product such as theirs. To see for yourself what we mean, be sure to come in and try a little next time you're in!
Get Inky With It
Can you even remember the last time you penned a note or wrote a paragraph or more by HAND? It seems routine and keyboards enslave us in speed and abbreviations. In truth, nothing replaces that intimate connection between brain and heart and hand and ink and paper. Perhaps the resurgence of letterpress has helped to remind us how uniquely restorative a simple act like putting point to delicious pulp can be.
New to Mongrel, Kaweco is one of the oldest pen brands in the world. Founded in 1883 in Nuremburg, it is still based there today. The "Classic" series was developed in the 1930s for "ladies, officers, soldiers and sportsmen" to provide a pen that could be carried easily by people with no dress pocket. The subtle blend of vintage and high tech aesthetics initially caught our eye. Mongrel offers Kaweco in fountain, rollerball, ballpoint and three different mechanical pencils. We also carry the leads and cartridges for your convenience as well!
Tracery 157 is a local one-woman craft studio. It's not every day that you see a woman wielding blow torches, working massive saws, and cutting stone and copper, but for Cathy Vaughn, it's in her genes. Her dad, a Duke Power employee by day, had a shop out behind their S.C. home. In his spare time, he was a master Marquetry craftsman, and his work was featured in shows throughout the south. That shop, full of tools and jigs and racks of paper-thin wood, was her playground.
Cathy's creative path landed her in the graphic design field, where she has worked for more than 20 years. Never one to be strapped to the computer, her home garage looked more and more like her dad's shop as time went by. She started working with copper several years ago when the roof rack on her car broke before a trip -- she made a new one out of soldered copper pipe. She started making copper trellises, garden stakes and decorative sprinklers in 2006, at the insistence of friends. Demand grew, and she decided to move her operation to a more appropriate space before she burned her house down. Tracery 157 opened in 2012.
Cathy's larger works are mostly by commission. Recent commissions include custom copper gates, wall art, trellises, a kitchen divider, and fireplace screens. She developed her own methods and mixes for verdigis and other aged finishes that add a unique, painterly quality to the fretwork. In each piece, she explores the interplay of light and texture and a fluid, dimensional interpretation of copper pipe and other found objects.
She has recently added a retail line of smaller works of copper, stone and slate, turned into plant stakes, candle holders, wine servers, and small sculptures. Her own take on indoor lanterns and garden torches uses recycled blown glass bottles and meticulous verdigris copper fittings. We have several of these one-of-a-kind pieces in Mongrel.
She says she finds her inspiration in architecture, in nature, and in the patterns that surround us. Deeper than that are those mystical tools that were in her dad's shop, now in her own studio. And they do sing.