So, I know I keep alluding to this new shop in Houston I’ve been a part of lately. It’s time I finally formally introduce you to Roundtable Goods, Houston’s new 100% handcrafted 100% local artisan marketplace in a homey little neighborhood we call the Houston Heights.
It all started when I was at a slightly less-than-fun craft fair in late April. Some random woman from Etsy named Juanita came and found me while I was quietly manning my lonesome booth (located in a primo spot across from the men’s bathroom of course). I had briefly traded a few messages with Juanita through Etsy over the past few weeks, but didn’t really expect anything to come of it. Maybe I have an underlying belief that everyone that sells things on Etsy is slightly crazy (including myself?), so when a very normal, happy-looking woman introduced herself as Juanita I was pleasantly surprised she had taken the time to seek me out at the show.
Juanita started talking about craft shows, Houston, new groups, and even the possibility of opening some sort of storefront. Then, she said the magic words, “19th street“, and I think that’s when I fell in love. To me, W. 19th Street is the perfect little Main Street USA of Houston. One of the only spots in this ginormous city where, for a few lovely blocks, pedestrian shopping is still practiced. Not only that, but there’s not a single national chain or department store to be found. Smack dab in the center of a neighborhood that clings tooth and nail to its roots and history, it’s a small mish mash of funky and eclectic, trendy and modern, vintage and antique small local businesses. And Juanita had her eye on a space for lease right on this very street! I had never even really dreamed of selling Lazy Owl products in a storefront, let alone being part of one, but when I got the opportunity to be part of this I knew I couldn’t pass it up.
|This is the Lazy Owl Boutique area at Roundtable|
I can’t exactly describe what followed. Somehow, in the space of just two months, we went from a group of eager strangers with a totally raw, unfinished space to a collaboration of artists with a painted, fully-stocked handcrafted boutique open to the public.
|Lazy Owl bunting necklaces|
Juanita found a group of local artists with all sorts of talents. We fine-tuned our business pitch and met with these ladies in late May, hoping that 2 or 3 would be willing to come on this adventure with us; I was totally astounded when over 13 of them jumped on board! Our leased space was formerly a storage room for antiques – unpainted, old ceilings, concrete floors…the list goes on. But with a lot of elbow grease (and only a small amount of yelling) we turned that space around in a matter of weeks.
|Just a small selection of all the amazing goodies we have in the shop|
We are a team of artists from very different backgrounds and even different cultures, some of us work full-time day jobs, some of us have children, and something different drives us all. But our passion for our creative art and our drive to offer Houston something new and different really motivated us to bring this vision to life. We are starting out slow – only open on the weekends for now – but we definitely have big plans and big dreams!
I am so proud of what we have all accomplished together! I hope if you are ever in Houston you stop by Roundtable Goods on W. 19th Street. You might even see me working behind the counter; regardless, you will see some wonderfully unique heartfelt and handcrafted treasures.