It’s no secret that our little neighborhood in Chinatown is quickly becoming a hub for young creatives and entrepreneurs. Since we opened Owens & Co. just over a year and a half ago, we’ve been ecstatic to see new life brought back into this historic part of Honolulu. But best of all, we’ve become great friends with our neighbors. Recently, the always-stylish Lindsey Higa of Fighting Eel fame celebrated the one-year birthday of her fashion blog, Pineapple Ice. To help ring in her anniversary with a gift, I was able to snag a watercolor likeness of Lindsey by artist Jennifer Vallez. I think it turned out absolutely amazing and Lindsey was over the moon about it. Congrats to Lindsey on her first anniversary, we can’t wait to see what’s next for you!
When was the last time that you literally yelled out in excitement? Think about it for a second. To say that those moments where your emotion truly bubbles over you are few and far between would be a huge understatement. That’s precisely why when a special “happy” moment strikes you, you have to appreciate it
Not more than 10 minutes ago, I had one of those special moments when I found out that Owens & Co. was featured at the top of Design Sponge’s City Guide to Honolulu. (Insert cry of pure glee here!) I’ve been following Gracy Bonney and Design Sponge for some time now and use the page as an indicator and source of inspiration on a daily basis. So yeah, to see the name of my store featured in a place I hold in such esteem was a pretty big deal for me. (Reinsert cry of pure glee here…again.)
To check out the post, wander on over to Design Sponge. Or, just clickety-click here.
Although we’re not huge fans of shameless self-promotion, we just had to share the news that in a recent online column of Conde Nast Traveler, Owens & Co. was voted the number one place to shop in Honolulu by their editor at large, Hanya Yanagihara. Now we know that the column wasn’t pitting us against major retailers, but we’re honored to say the least.
On a closing note, we’d like to extend our sincerest thanks to everyone who supported us in 2011. Our maiden year was just the beginning; look out 2012, cause we’ve got some big plans in the works.
It’s been a long wait, but the Spring 2011 issue of Anthology magazine is finally here. There are plenty of fantastic features and gorgeous photos to lust over in this issue. Be sure to stop by Owens & Co. to get your hands on the pretty pages of Anthology!
Photo by Owens & Co.Photos from Anthology Magazine
The other day I met a lovely lady who stopped by the shop, I didn’t get her name at the time but had a great chat with her while she looked around the store. She mentioned that she was an artist and was on a short vacation from her home in San Diego, California. Yesterday, after we received a special “thank you” to Owens & Co. on Twitter I finally connected the dots and realized my super-friendly shopper was the totally talented, Susie Ghahremani. Susie is an indie illustrator and product designer with the most adorable art pieces and animal-inspired goodies. I was doubly surprised when I realized that I had placed an order for some of her products through Chronicle Books the morning of the day I met her. I’d have to say it was a wonderfully weird coincidence! Susie’s stationary should be in the shop within a couple of weeks, in the meantime you can covet her cute creations here.
Is anyone else getting ready for summer yet? We sure are, and to kickstart the season, we just received a new shipment of Kerry Cassill beach bags today. Bright, fun, and ideal for holding anything—and everything—you bring with you to the beach, you’ll feel great showing up the shore with this tucked under your arm. Sunscreen not included.
We were ecstatic to find a write-up on Owens & Co. from Lei Chi in our email this morning! In case you missed it, here’s a quick pull quote:
“Owens Mull combed Etsy and blogs for the little-known finds joyfully scattered throughout the airy space: colorfully-painted glasses by New Arcadia Studio, a rainbow of patterned Kerry Cassill linens, Rifle Paper and Egg Press notecards, and even pillows she covered with hand-embroidered textiles from the Otomi Indians in Mexico.
And it’s not just about decorating your home. You’ll feel good as gold in the oddly cool bone-inspired jewelry from up-and-comer Bones and Feather, and the surprisingly delicate and feminine skull and moon necklaces from Michelle Chang.
There’s also hand-poured candles, desktop-sized greens from Lanikai Pots and Plants, and the first issues of hard-to-find Bay-area-based home and lifestyle magazine Anthology.
It’s the perfect gift stop to keep your boss from seeing red. Because if your silver tongue can’t get you out of trouble, a least you’ll have a chic way to brown nose.”
You can read the whole article here.
Hello all! Just wanted to say thanks for taking a look at the website and give a special shoutout to everyone that has stopped by and visited the store since we opened our doors on Friday. It’s been an amazingly busy week, but between showcasing our new custom-fabricated line of pillows, Kerry Cassill bedding, and our card collections from Rifle Paper Co. and Egg Press I’ve finally found the time to post a few photos. I’ve also found a line of Moroccan poufs to puff as well! So stop on by the store and tell your friends we’re now officially open for business.
Wow! So it’s with a beaming smile that I can finally say that Owens & Co. is officially open for business. After more planning and work than I care to admit, we actually made it and couldn’t be happier! Huge mahalos to all of our lovely friends and family (I’m looking at you Isla, Kaypee, Chris,Tracy, Amber, Evan, the Mull clan, and so many others) for all of the help—there’s no way we could have done this without you guys. So without further adieu, enjoy the pics (courtesy our friend Tracy at Nonstop Honolulu) and tell your friends we’re open. —M.