Opening An Art Pop Up Shop
Dream a little Dream
Friday, July 23rd - mark your calendars for the grand opening of THE LEAH PIPE ART SHOP in Smithers, BC 11am. The PopUp Shop will be open fridays + saturdays 11am to 7pm for a few months – a special temporary, part-time shop – to showcase all the wonderful artful treasures that have been developed over the past year.
What a (crazy)year it's been, riiiight?!?!
Amid the chaos and uncertainty, in spite of restrictions and income changes and all the covid craziness, the year brought to fruition two (personal + professional) dreams of mine. An online shop and a bricks+mortar offline shop!
As any artist will know, it’s an ongoing challenge to produce enough art to make it their sole source of income and luckily a couple of like-minded business women & friends stepped up and proposed combining time, skills, energy & creativity to help me realise these dreams.
Entrepreneur sisters Michel & Moe Kafer have joined me in my online & PopUp venture. Over the past year we teamed up to create my new website www.leahpipe.com and source & create all the wonderful products I now have to offer. It’s been a year of learning curves, tech challenges and hard work! And of course, immense excitement!
It's been a long-held dream of mine to create artful products and treasures. Being a special mix of designer + artist, product development was a natural direction for me. I love to fill my home with items that are both functional and beautiful; treasures that have a story and an artist behind that story.
Household decor items like pillows, mugs, shower curtains – we all need them, share them, give them as gifts... why not make them unique, creative and celebratory of the natural beauty around us?
Many may remember my retail shop in Old Hazelton, which closed it’s doors in 2015. Ever since then I have longed to open another shop and dreamt of all it’s possibilities.
We held our first 'Leah Pipe' PopUp at Michel & Moe's restaurant Roadhouse in Smithers last year and it was a resounding success. So when Michel offered up a longer term PopUp location at the restaurant, I jumped at the opportunity.
I'm so excited and so proud to be working with a like-minded team to help showcase my work in such beautiful and creative ways: tote bags, zip pouches, notebooks, shower curtains, shirts, hoodies(!) mugs (new!) and canvas prints.
Come see me in my quaint PopUp Shop each friday + saturday 11am to 7pm at Roadhouse Restaurant in Smithers 3711 Alfred Ave
Look for the door on the left side of the building – the PopUp has it's own access from the front parking lot (now the patio dining area).