Isn't it funny how things work out? I have been buying Coffee Break Design items (Retro Cafe's wholesale line) for YEARS, and then I got to meet Kristin, the owner, at CREATE! on Friday (their booth was kiddy-corner from ours on Vendor Night).
I knew a lot of the line already but was overwhelmed with the amount of AMAZING stuff for sale (like the vintage skating stickers I just talked about on Monday!). Kristin is the heart and soul of the business but she had some great helpers that night too. I was so impressed with the booth and the merchandise display - couple that with the fact that I've been supporting her business for the last five years and it seemed like a great fit for Ephemeraology!
Here, in Kristin's words, is how she came to Retro Cafe Art Gallery:
Hi all! My name is Kristin Hubick, and I’m a full-time artist, crafter, and owner of Retro Café Art Gallery and Coffee Break Design. The name Retro Café Art Gallery came from my high school dream of opening up a retro inspired coffee shop/art gallery. And while that never happened, the name stuck and took on new meaning in 2004 with a presence on the web. Over the years, the site has grown and continues to grow. On the site you will find many unique art supplies including antique german doll parts, foils, glass glitter, nichos, jewelry supplies, collage sheets, and of course Coffee Break Design products. The Coffee Break line includes awesome Shrine Kits, Stencils, Acrylic Tags, Incredi-Tape, Vari-tone Ink, Collage-Cut Outs, ATC Frames, and so much more! In addition to running the websites I also sell my handcrafted jewelry at several art & craft shows and boutiques throughout the (and sometimes beyond). My first jewelry sale was when I was 6 years old. I started making “worry doll” earrings and convinced my mom to put an ad in the back of a craft magazine to sell them. I sold one pair, and to this day I still wonder if my mom was the buyer!
All of this began as a passionate hobby and a far away dream to “do art” full-time. Last December I quit my FT job as an Occupational Therapist to make it a reality, and have not looked back. I work harder than I ever have and certainly more hours, but I love it! Nothing brings me more joy than seeing art created with Retro Café Art Gallery and Coffee Break Design products! I truly appreciate each and every one of our customers, who make the site possible! Be sure to stop by our blog where we often showcase customer and Design Team work. We also love to host giveaways and contests!
There you have it, ladies and gents! I love stories about how folks have quit their full-time jobs to follow their bliss (I wonder why?). :D
In honor of Retro Cafe's debut on Ephemeraology, we're going to do a giveaway of our own! Here's what to do:
- Make sure you follow this blog (just hit "follow" on the top in the blue bar)
- Make sure you follow Kristin's blog (just hit "follow" on the top in the blue bar)
- In the comments below or on my Ephmeraology FB page, let me know what your favorite item is from Retro Cafe Art Gallery (if you subscribe you can also e-mail me)
We'll run the giveaway until Monday at 5 p.m. CDT! Because it's Labo(u)r Day in the US and Canada, if you're the winner we'll give you until Tuesday at noon CDT to acknowledge that you won. Otherwise we'll pick a new winner.
And what, pray tell, does the winner receive? A $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE to Retro Cafe Art Gallery! WOO HOOOOOO!!!! :D
But we're going to up the ante a little bit - if the winner also "likes" both Retro Cafe's and my Facebook pages, she'll throw in another fun prize! :D
I know you're going to love this shop as much as I do - stop by Kristin's blog and give a friendly hello! :D
Oh, and here are just a few of the pieces I've created using Retro Cafe's products:
|"When Doves Converse" ATC (the bird stencil|
is from Coffee Break Design!)
|"Et Red" ATC (the woman button is from Coffee Break Design - |
I just left the backing on!)
|"Guys' Weekend" ATC (the acrylic "guy" buttons|
are from Coffee Break Design - I embellished
with black alcohol ink!)