Friday, September 9, 2011

Dream Shop: The Thrift Core Brick and Mortar Dream Team

Our first meeting was a success! I love the Thrift Core Dream Team; Artists on a mission.

The Thrift Core blog is not a group production. I design it, code it, take the photos, and write it. It's a one-woman job! And I'm spent between Thrift Core, full time writing job, writing for One Spark and Papernstitch (Soon Handmade Success) and working on my antique store space.

That's why I've assembled an amazing team to create the Thrift Core Brick and Mortar Shop! These contributors and I share the same vision: to make the Thrift Core shop a cozy yet fun place to shop, to instigate creativity, and to improve the community.

Thrift Core B&M Dream Team: selected for their extraordinary talents & passion

Mandie: Deaf Jam Poet, Graffiti Artist and Coffee Shop Extraordinaire

Mandie will run the coffee shop portion of the Thrift Core Brick & Mortar; named "Javascript."  She's am experienced businesswoman, writer and activist that's obsessed with making a difference in our community. (She wants to make the West Side the Best Side!)

Nicole: Famed Critter Illustrator, Vintage Enthusiast & Antique Collector

Nicole has made a name for herself with her elaborate Bird and Octopi art. With a keen eye, she scoures antique stores, flea markets, and thrift stores for the best kitschy vintage treasure. 

Rosaly: Fellow Old-Skool Loving Art Fiend and Vintage Lover

Rosaly is one part of the Old Skool Junk artist collaboration. As a dedicated crafter, painter and future teacher, Rosaly is obsessed with fostering an artistic community in Jacksonville.

Rick: Old-Skool Junk Co-conspirator and Trained Fine Artist

Ricky's passion for inspiring and teaching young artists will be the heart of Thrift Core's youth art programs and his male perspective well help us make the shop a place guys and gals can enjoy equally.

Birdie: Prolific Haiku Writer & Comic Artist

Maintaining two online comics, Birdie is a thrifting, crafting fiend that will use his art, writing, and research skills to help make the Thrift Core dream a reality.

Van the Man: Me! Manager, Workaholic, Artsy-Kitsch-Loving-Geek

Ambitious geek on a mission, Thrift Core B&M manager and proverbial ring leader. Sick of the apathy public school creates and obsessed with making a difference in our community and inspiring others to be creative.

YOU: Thank you for reading, giving your feedback, and leaving comments. You're an important part of this dream. I'm so glad you're with me on this journey.  

Want to be a contributor? Go here to read more details about our project. You can help by spreading the word  with social media and telling local and national media about the cause. We're thinkin' big but the little things count more than anything.

Leaving comments with your suggestions and feedback on this project mean the world to us! Thank you. You know me, I read and reply to every comment and e-mail.

Thank you for being part of the Thrift Core Dream Team!
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  1. Congrats! Looks like you have an amazing team!

  2. Awesome team and Im loving the javascript name really ingenious!

  3. I love love love this blog! Will be coming back here often!

  4. Miss Lou: Thank you :) It was the name of Mandie's first cafe.

  5. Marina: Thank you for the kind words!

  6. Looks like you are going to have a lot of fun, between the hard work! Good luck on your exciting venture.

  7. What a great team as Miss Lou said, "Awesome". Look forward to following your B&M Dream Team's success.

  8. lost property vintage: I'm working on inspiration boards and such to keep us having fun and inspired through the hard times. Not at the hard times yet, but they'll come...

  9. Victoria: We appreciate you reading along! :)

  10. I LOVE the shop name! Javascript is waaaay cool! Good luck to you and your team.

  11. Nichole: Thank you! We all loved Mandie's choice of "Javascript" for the shop title!


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