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Running a Brick & Mortar Shop

Running a Brick & Mortar Shop

Hello from the Windy City! Hard to believe my mini midwest vacay is almost over! If you don't already know, I've been participating in the Chicago Design Museum's pop-up shop event, happening now until the end of the year. They've put together an awesome opportunity for small business like mine to test the waters on a brick and mortar space with limited risk. Aviate Press is one of 5 spaces in Block 37 that will be rotating out every 1-3 months, so keep an eye out for the rest of the pop-up vendors if you're in the Chicago area and be sure to check...

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Current Girl Crush: Frida Kahlo

Current Girl Crush: Frida Kahlo

Today I am struggling to get to my to do list because I can't stop thinking about my recent trip to Mexico (thanks mom and dad!), where I sipped on margs while attempting not to get sunburned.  I can't seem to get Frida Kahlo out of my head either. I met Frida’s gaze almost everywhere I went…her vibrant spirit still breathes through the streets of Mexico. She finds you in the colorful shops along the coastline and on the walls of the open-air seafood restaurants. I even caught her staring at me in the hotel bathroom. There is something about that gaze; her...

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Current Girl Crush: Maira Kalman

Current Girl Crush: Maira Kalman

I visited Maira Kalman's "The Elements of Style" exhibit at the Frist a few summers ago on my Birthday. After passing through the busy animation exhibit and moving right into a brightly lit room full of still illustrations, I appreciated the life inside each of Kalman's colorful paintings even more.     *Picture via Mairakalman.com   Each painting in the exhibit is inspired by lines from the authoritative American English writing style guide The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, which was republished in 2005. Kalman illustrates paintings to lines like, "well, Susan, this is a fine mess you are...

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