August 21, 2015

Shop Spotlight: Homebody Boutique

I love it when friends and customers refer me to their favorite shops and shopkeepers!  I connected with today's proprietress through my hair stylist in Portland.  "You should get in touch with my friend in Brooklyn!" she suggested while cutting my hair one day.  A few fun emails later and some cards were traveling across the country to this fine shop!

For starters, please tell me your name, what shop you represent, and where you are located:

Kate Silver, Homebody Boutique, Brooklyn, NY, specifically, South Park Slope.

Are there any specialties your shop is known for?

We carry kind of quirky handmade & indie designer goods. Some on the dark side, some on the cute side. We have a good selection of homewares, gifts, jewelry, and of course cards. Ii think the cards are what most people come in for, with jewelry running a close second.

What are five things I'd be sure to see if I wandered the neighborhood where your shop is located.

Restaurants, dogs, strollers, dogs, hair salons. 

What occasions do you think are most underrepresented in the world of greeting cards?

Break up cards!

Are you an artist or craftsperson yourself?  If so, please tell me a little bit about what you create:

I decorate and sell toilet seats. I create an image using hand cut papers with different textures and finishes, and then seal them in with a waterproof, shatterproof finish. Also occasionally furniture, mostly tables, with the same technique.

Does your shop have any resident pets or mascots?

My pit bull, Piglet, is a part time employee.  She has bad work habits, but a welcoming personality.

Describe the most exciting or weird customer you have ever had.

I feel like EVERYBODY is weird. So, in my opinion, there’s at least one weirdo a day. Some in a great way, some in a less than great ways...but for that reason, no one in particular stands out. As far as exciting, John Hodgman has been a customer a few times, and for me, thats always a thrill.

If your shop had a coat of arms, what images would be on it, and what would your motto be.

There would most likely be a skull involved, or maybe I'd go with a picture of Piglet's face. My motto was thought up by my brilliant friend Shannon Bell Price : "Gifts and accessories for the anti-social."

Rings by Susan Ritter, sweet Piglet, and ceramics by Noelle Horsfield
And lastly, because I'm Betty Turbo, I must ask: What is your favorite dessert?

Dessert is my favorite food group. As long as there are no walnuts involved, it's probably been my favorite at least once. However, if I keep thinking about it, I lean towards cake-y items... mmmmmm. Now that I am thinking about it, I'm off to get a donut.

Photos in this post courtesy of Homebody Boutique's Instagram feed! Follow along!

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