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i'm heading home to virginia today at 5, so i'll be gone tomorrow, but i was thinking about regional stuff and thought it would be fun to open up this post to suggestions about local design.

i'm always on the lookout for great stores (with websites, preferably) in places i've never been before. everyone's got a store in their hometown that they love, so if that's you, please, take a second to tell us all about it in the comments section below- please include a link to their website as well. depending on how it shapes up, i'll do a post on it for monday and showcase some of the best that everyone turned in. i'd love to hear about all the great little stores across the country. and heck, if you know of some in other parts of the world and they have websites, throw em in! i love good online resources. thanks guys and have a wonderful weekend! i'll be back on monday, fresh and full of the type of rest and relaxation you can only get in the south.

xoxo, d*s



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cameron's in Chapel Hill, NC is a super cute store, with some representation from local artists - particularly jewelry and tableware.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Foster's Urban Homeware has the best selection of designed objects I have ever seen in one place.

1:27 PM  
Blogger PFC said...

I have three from Washington DC- but I doubt you will mind because they are all great spots.

Home Rule is a kitchenwares and home accessories store that not only has great products, but features the best window displays in all of DC.

Directly next door is Go Mama Go, a great store owned by a woman that personally travels the globe selecting pieces to sell in her store. If I ever need a present for someone, between Go Mama Go and Home Rule, you can bet I find something.

And the third is one of the best vintage furniture stores around - and they are specialists in Tiki design. Good Eye also posts images of what they have in the store on the website, letting you browse from the comfort of your home.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Modern in Eugene, Oregon has a great selection of products. They have lots of great jewelry from all over the world. They don't have a website yet, but they tell me they are working on it.

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you already here plenty about Velocity Art and Design here, so i'll skip that one. seattle is home to many great stores. In my neighborhood of Capital Hill one place that you'll always find something for yourself or someone else is Lipstic Traces. http://www.lipsticktraces.net/ Such a great local store. Owner Jenn has tonz of taste.

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey d*s, you posted on Atmosphere Home yesterday and I was so glad you did. Here in Sacramento it's the only modern home store that features local artists alongside classic designs from around the world. www.modernatmosphere.com

Also, the Atmosphere graphics designer is from a super talented local media group called emrl. Their work is worth a look if you fancy original artwork that speaks for itself. www.emrl.com

5:05 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

As long as your in Va. how about Lane Sanson in Richmond.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Bearded Jon said...

I'm not exceptionally design minded (but I'm pretty faithful to your blog) and being thousands of miles from either culture or civilization this is the best that I could come up with for Alaskan design:The Original Alaska POOP MOOSE Candy Dispenser!

But seriously, Alaska Wild Berry Products has the most awesome sweets North of (insert place South of here with awesome sweets) made with Alaskan wildberrys (duh) and the chocolate waterfall in the foyer isn't bad either (but you're not gettin' me to drink from it Msr. Wonka).

Also,The Great Alaskan Bowl Company has an excellent assortment of hand crafted bowls.

Both offer much better gifts than the moose nugget earrings I got my wife for our anniversary.

7:40 PM  
Blogger carl said...

I run a store in Lawrence Kansas called kojo. We do local craftspeople's wares but our website is still a bit raw. We love regoinal design too. www.kojoworkshop.com

1:05 AM  
Anonymous JCT said...

The sleepy little southern town of Greenville, SC has a few cool shops downtown.

Venti on main street has some great contemporary furniture, lighting, and accesories, but the website is not complete yet. http://www.ventiweb.com/

Postcard from Paris is a lot more traditional, but showcases some interesting work from local artists. http://postcardfromparis.com

In general, the Greenville arts scene is great for a town this size.

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dig nursery on vashon island...run by a graduate of the chicago art institute...a blend of wild art and wild plants...

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

an article about dig nursery:

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

athens, ga is a mecca for artists, musicians and creative types alike.
I am so glad to call it my home, although I am now living in new york, which i love almost as much...
rwood studio is an amazing pottery studio run by rebecca wood and her team of artisans who make color saturated tableware for people in athens and all over the us. they sell to over 500 stores throughout the country, but locals flock to their store located in the studio that sells one of a kind items and where they house biannual sales...the have an amazing website with links to other athens treasures, and an online bridal registry!
magpie is a lovely store run by a savannah college of art and design grad who has the best design sense-vintage furniture, textiles,etc.
lastly, toula's carries hable construction, jonathan adler, and other quirky and beautiful products. It fills a major void for all the design junkies in this small town with such an artistic community.
visit athens if you ever get a chance!

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think you would really like abodeon in cambridge, ma. a good mix of vintage dansih furniture with new products. very laid back atmosphere.

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a list for Denver of the places to find the cooler things:

Shelter Urban Lifestyle - www.shelterurbanlifestyle.com

Composition - www.shopcomposition.com

Mod Living - www.modlivin.com

Posh - www.poshdenver.com

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One nice little store which you may already be familiar with is Plastica - a very nice concept for a store.


2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

more in the vein of a local designer than a store, see www.moonlilymobiles.com for some beautiful nature inspired mobiles.

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few choice finds in Raleigh, NC...

www.nofo.com for great homewares, accessories, funky toys and great gifts!

www.hollyaiken.com for fab bags from small to large handcrafted from vinyl and perfect for everyday. She's got a real following.

www.figsmarket.com is a great new market/cafe and carries lots of cool house wares as well as the latest Donna Hay cookbook and the best organic chocolate and olive oils! Mmmmm....

www.fireflync.com has the best shoes for all you hip guys and gals. Everything from Camper to Faeryl Robin, Caterpillar to John Fluevog and more.

6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rhode Island handbag design at www.asterandsage.com

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Atlanta, check out the new Bee Hive Co-op. Lots of neat indie designers of accessories, toys, etc.

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in Boston, MA:
Koo de Kir http://www.koodekir.com/
Fresh Eggs 617/247-8150
Bliss Home http://blisshome.com/
Black Ink 617-497-1221

and I got a lot of the details here:

and I second Foster's Urban in Philly -- right in the center of the designer/art district

11:55 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

thanks for the boston tips- i love these stores!


thanks to everyone! this was so much fun checking out your local stores!

1:54 PM  

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