Merchants & Artists

Check out the vibrant community of merchants and artists who call South Main Creative home!

Ashli Ahrens

Mailbox Memories

Instagram: @mailboxmemories
Mailbox Memories, based in Little Rock, specializes in the sale and repurposing of antique and vintage postcards with an emphasis on Arkansas cards. Ashli Ahrens began collecting postcards only recently, but quickly became enamored with their variety, printing quality, historic information and personal messages. And will drone on endlessly about postcard types and their history to anyone who asks.

Ann Clements

Sparklythangs

Instagram: @sparklythangsFacebook: Sparklythangs
Sparklythangs is a line of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry combining vintage elements with fresh, creative design. Owner/Designer Ann Clements, driven by a passion for collecting and the love of an object’s story, creates distinctive, meaningful jewelry out of bits and bobs. If you have family pieces you’d like transformed into modern, wearable memories, Ann also accepts custom commissions.

Dave & Judy Durheim

Instagram: @judydurheim

For over 40 yrs Dave & Judy Durheim have loved scouring auctions & turning what some would not look at to someone’s newest treasure.

Kandy Jones

Garage Sale Queen

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Kandy is a mosaic artist working in mixed media. Her whimsical pieces incorporate items from everyday life in unexpected ways. She enjoys combining mosaic elements with other sculptural elements like hypertufa, concrete, and polymer clay. Kandy’s pieces are filled with delightful details which draw the viewer in and reward a closer look.

Jill Curran

Little Rock Bottle Co.

Instagram: @littlerockbottle

Little Rock Bottle Co. upcycles bottles from the 1860s to the 1960s into lighting, bud vases, and other home décor. See their hanging items in our front window, and come inside for single bottles, drippy candles, and more.

Scott and Lisa Lawson

Funky Shway

Instagram: @funkyshway
Funky Shway is an eclectic mom and son operation specializing in mid-century modern, kitsch, and other cool vintage stuff. Collecting is in our genes and we love South Main Creative because we can provide others the opportunity to peruse and purchase our funky finds. You may even see a glass chicken every once in a while!

Shamim Okolloh

Mimi Mwafrika

Etsy: www.etsy.com/ shop/MimiMwafrikaInstagram: @mimi_mwafrikaFacebook: MimiMwafrika
Shamim (Mimi) Okolloh works with talented artisans in Nairobi to source authentic handcrafted clothing, accessories and other products from Africa. Mimi feels privileged to be able to share the stories of the artisans she partners with and the culture of her homeland with her customers.

Jackie Robinson

Jackie O’riginals

Etsy: www.etsy.com/ shop/JackieOriginal1Instagram: @jackie_originalsFacebook: Jackie O’riginals

Start with a love for sewing and creating, add an addiction to jigsaw puzzles and a dash of collecting/hoarding vintage buttons, costume jewelry and fabrics….and you have the recipe that helped to create Jackie O’riginals! I love to up-cycle fabrics, vintage linens and laces,and gently-worn clothing to create clothing and accessories that are one of a kind. Why wear ordinary when you can Wear Art?

vanhookART

vanhookART is comprised of Rick and Kelly VanHook, married since 1998. The couple reside in Searcy, Arkansas where they were part-owners of Second Saturday Studio. Rick was born in Searcy and Kelly was born and raised in Texas before moving to Arkansas in 1981. Both share a love of modern abstracts, with Rick working in bold color and Kelly favoring more organic designs.

Becky Witsell

Studio Werk

A visual artist trained as a painter and printmaker, Becky Witsell’s career has included teaching, designing and fabricating exhibits, creating commissioned fabric pieces and liturgical textiles, and working as a historic decorative painter. Her booth at SMC features Victorian antiques, silver and crystal, antique woodworking tools, and a large selection of resource books, as well as pieces of her original artwork.

Josh Hubbard

Rock City Retro

Instagram: @rockcityretro

Josh searches far and wide for great mid-century modern furniture and accessories, unique coin-op, Americana, and vintage industrial treasures.

Ralph Doty

Dotyprints

Instagram: @dotyprints
A lover of art, student of design, and man of mystery…Ralph Doty has pursued his interest in vintage paper for more than 35 years. Now retired, he proudly offers authentic examples of playing cards, photographs, maps, fine art, posters, etchings, lithographs, paintings, books, magazines, postcards, documents, Arkansiana, ephemera, and believe it or not, much more!

Debbie Diener & Sabrina Chan

Whispering Wool

Instagram: @whisperingwoolFacebook: WhisperingWool
Whispering Wool is the sister team of Debbie Diener & Sabrina Chan. Debbie has been involved in crafts and art all her life, focusing mainly on ceramics and watercoloring rubber stamp art, and now is fully immersed in the art of needle felting. Sabrina got a later start in the crafting and art arena, beginning with designing and creating jewelry in 2008, before also embracing needle felting. Debbie’s style is more realistic, while Sabrina’s focus is more on fantasy pieces, but they both love the process of creating and working together, exchanging ideas and encouragement.

Catherine Johnson

Orbiting Debris Vintage

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Catherine Johnson is a vintage enthusiast of long-standing. Her first loves are costume jewelry and sewing patterns, but she also offers a nice selection of interesting and unusual vintage clothing and accessories, as well as home decor items, with an emphasis on mid-century modern. On occasion, she’ll also make available select pieces of her own handmade jewelry.

Marianne Kirksey

The Blue Swallow Clothing Company

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Originally from Austin, Texas, with an education and background in textile arts, Marianne started her interior design business 18 years ago in Arkansas. She retired recently to follow other artistic endeavors: creating comfortable natural fiber clothing and metal works jewelry inspired by antiquities. Her favorite materials are fabrics, metals, stones, and gathered objects.

Mena Loya

Ximena & Elle

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Born in Argentina, Mena was 12 when her grandmother first taught her to knit. The next year, her family moved to Belarus and knitting was forgotten in the midst of the adjustment. As an adult with a family of her own, she rediscovered knitting and started Ximena & Elle. At SMC, she offers not only hand-knit accessories, but also Arkansas-themed hand-felted applique and screen-printed shirts for children and adults. For those who want to knit their own projects, she sells hand-dyed and hand-spun yarns, knitting needles, and other knitting supplies.

Brandy McNair

Bella Vita Vintage

www.bellavitajewelry.net
Instagram: @bellavitavintage
Jewelry designing is my passion; sourcing, curating, and collecting vintage and antiques is my side hustle/hobby.

Paula Pope

Paula’s Vintage Charm

I absolutely love vintage brooches and earrings, especially updated into a necklace or bracelet which includes vintage or new chains and/or lovely vintage beads. I have found it to be a creative outlet, and feel good about updating something that is no longer used into something new to add a little bling to an outfit or even jeans and a T-shirt. Enjoy a little bit of the past in your present!

Kirby Shofner

Instagram: @kshof
Kirby has been interested in antiques since he was a little boy. As a child going to antique stores with his mother, he had to keep his hands in his pockets to keep from touching anything of value, a habit he’s still trying to break. He likes to find value in things most people throw away, lost things found. Kirby has taught science at LR Central High for many years. He collects baseball cards, Niloak, Viewmaster items, and oddball items he finds.

Dondi Warren

Delta Gilt

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Dondi is an artist, maker, and vintage collector, and has just launched her own proprietary line of art supplies, including gilding materials and chalk paint. Dondi’s art explores the symbiosis of have and have not, highlighting and incorporating many themes from the South: place, heritage, family; beliefs, desires, aspirations, fear; scarcity, resourcefulness.

Valerie Wingert

wabi-sabi designs

Instagram: @wabisabi.designsFacebook: wabi-sabi designs in South Main Creative
wabi-sabi is the centuries-old Japanese philosophy of finding beauty in imperfection. It is the appreciation of handmade things and of objects that bear the marks and patina of years of use. One will find treasures ranging from antique handmade furniture to vintage industrial to upcycled lighting in wabi-sabi designs.

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Christen Byrd

Christen Byrd is a lover of all things creative. She is a photographer, graphic designer, obsessive crafter, wedding and party planner. All the while keeping up with three little Byrds and a husband in downtown Little Rock. While she is about the most unorganized person you will ever meet…she can style you a fabulous party in an instant. She is the founder and main teacher for Camp Lovely, a central Arkansas crafting community. She will try just about anything and will always “make it work!”

Dondi Warren

Dondi, a former art educator in Mississippi and Arkansas, has taught painting, drawing, ceramics, art history, multimedia, and graphic design. She has also worked professionally as a photographer, painter, and on small restoration projects. Though experienced in a wide range of media, she is currently focusing on gilding applications, artistic furniture, faux techniques, and mixed media work.

Jan Wolfe

Jan Wolfe is a puppeteer, on the Arts in Education and Touring Artist rosters for the Arkansas Arts Council, A+ Fellow, and a vintage person. As “Wolfe at the Door,” she is entering into a new upcycling adventure with South Main Creative.

Jackie Robinson

Start with a love for sewing and creating, add an addiction to jigsaw puzzles and a dash of collecting/hoarding vintage buttons, costume jewelry and fabrics….and you have the recipe that helped to create Jackie O’riginals! I love to up-cycle fabrics, vintage linens and laces,and gently-worn clothing to create clothing and accessories that are one of a kind. Why wear ordinary when you can Wear Art?

Whispering Wool

Whispering Wool is the sister team of Debbie Diener & Sabrina Chan. Debbie has been involved in crafts and art all her life, focusing mainly on ceramics and watercoloring rubber stamp art, and now is fully immersed in the art of needle felting. Sabrina got a later start in the crafting and art arena, beginning with designing and creating jewelry in 2008, before also embracing needle felting. Debbie’s style is more realistic, while Sabrina’s focus is more on fantasy pieces, but they both love the process of creating and working together, exchanging ideas and encouragement.

Anne Weaver

Anne Weaver is a sewist and general creative type, a hoarder of craft supplies and fabric with an inherent need to put even the smallest of scraps to artistic use (or re-use). She’s a mother to an active tween girl and a Crazy Cat Lady and the Queen of Unflattering Selfies. She enjoys sharing her creative bent with others through blogging and through hands-on classes. Find her online at http://sewing.craftgossip.com or http://orangebettie.com.

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