New Vendors this September

This September we were lucky enough to add four new folks to our shop… We're so excited to be growing our family of makers, and we can't wait for you to meet them. Before you shop their wares, learn a bit about the people behind the goods.


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Tiny Cloud Ceramics

Akron, OH

Tiny Cloud Ceramics are one of a kind kitschy-cute functional wares. Mary was born and raised in Akron, getting her BFA in Ceramics in 2016 from UA. She’s very influenced by the kawaii movement in Japan, sometimes juxtaposing rude phrases with the sweet designs and script lettering. Her hyper-cute pieces fit a unique aesthetic of kawaii style mixed with 50's-esque surface design that is both fun and functional. She won “Best Coffee Mugs” for Cleveland Magazine's 2016 Best in Cleveland issue. All work is hand thrown and sgraffitoed in her Akron studio.


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Sweet Dish & Darling

Cleveland, OH

We started this little venture as a way to explore the creative and scientific art of candlemaking. We set our sights on finding a better burning candle with the hope of expressing ourselves through custom blended artisnal fragrances and handmade packaging. Over the years, our palate for scents has matured and we've grown into new sophisticated blends of tobacco leaf and leather, or notes of teak, ginger and cedar. With the continued support of our fans and growing popularity we've been able to upgrade fragrances with essential oils and now use a blend of these and the highest quality fragrances to make amazing scents that make will make you grin and roll your eyes to the side in contained joy.


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Morie Clark

Akron, OH

Memento Cat Studios is the works of illustrator Morie Clark! A self-described painter of the “creepy-cute”, her art has a youthful energy, born from a healthy appreciation for the surreal and pop-art. Experienced in helping others create merchandise, she enjoys sharing her works with others in an accessible and affordable manner, including prints, stickers, magnets, apparel, pins, and stationery items.


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Lees’ Bees

Cleveland, OH

Local honey for local honeys, Lees’ Bees hives are located in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. Enjoy the sweet taste of honey harvested in your neck of the woods by Chris Lees and Jordan Perme.

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Late Summer Restocks!

Every time you visit Threefold we know that you'll find something new to love... that's probably because our makers are consistently restocking us with new and exciting merchandise. We're home to over 700 amazing gifts... come shop for yourself some time!

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We can see Halloween in the distance and we can’t wait to get spooky with some Odyssey & Oddities statement pieces–including crescent crystal earrings in brass and silver-plated and their brass hands-on choker.


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It’s finally cooling down just enough to enjoy a soak in the bath again. Rest easier at night with a handful of Venus In Aquarius Apothecary’s Aura Cleanse organic salt bath soak. Grapeseed oil and essential oils of rosemary, cedar wood, eucalyptus, juniper, palo santo, and sage perfume the air while Atlantic sea salt, Himalayan salt, and Hawaiian Hiwa Kai salt relax the body.


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Soothing Sloth Soap Co. refreshes their soap lineup at Threefold with two new bars! Crafted with a blend of pureed aloe gel and cocoa butter, Relax! aloe vera soap provides lots of skin loving lather. An herbal combination of cedarwood and lavender essential oils give this bar of soap the perfect balance of floral and earthy scents. The super pretty bar of Petty Lane soap produces a rich lather with scents of rosehip and jasmine. The crimson swirls are topped with dried rose petals for an extra bougie touch.

Soap is all fine and dandy, but if you’re looking for a more abasing showering experience, try a foaming salt scrub! Soothing Sloth has us stocked with Thirst Trap scrub, which is a dead sea salt scrub packed with a sweet and floral combination of orchid and cactus blossoms, as well as avocado butter for smooth and moisturized skin post-exfoliation.


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Attention!!! A HAREMUS IS ON THE LOOSE! Wh-why are you just standing there?! Didn’t you hear what we said? Haremus are restocked at Threefold… actually, we’ve got a whole new menagerie of Horrible Adorables in-stock! Each creature is one-of-a-kind, so it’s best not to wait on these things. You’ll never find another one like ‘em!


Shop 45+ handmade professional makers at THREEFOLD Gifts every Tuesday–Saturday, 10am–6pm.

 
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In The Fold: An Interview with Lora DiFranco of Free Period Press
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Whether you know Free Period Press for their earnest prints, supportive scheduling tools, or flipping' adorable stickers... you probably already love them. What's not to enjoy? Personally we most admire the way they bring fun back to life beyond the screen–we're talking IRL activities here. "Double tap to like" is barely a memory when we're spending quality time coloring our dream donut in Free Period Press' "Distractables" coloring book.  We'll attribute our happiness to their head idea-maker, Lora DiFranco. She and her community of super designers are ahead of their time by leaving the modern world in the dust. Brainstorming ways for the adults of the world to feel more fulfilled in their free time is literally Lora's job. We're just lucky that she's great at what she does! Learn how Lora is creating creative escapes for us all in our interview with her below.


How did you decide what to name your business?
The name “Free Period Press” comes from the free periods you get when you’re in school-- those times when you can choose whatever you’d like to do. We want to create more space for adulthood free periods-- and make them as fulfilling as possible.

What caused you to start making your products?
We started by making coloring books for adults. This was before the crazy coloring book craze, but I was looking for an easy way to feel creative after my day job. 

Who's on your our creative team?
I handle the business side and come up with product ideas. I’m not a designer, so I then collaborate with a bunch of amazing Cleveland artists to bring the products to life. Katie Daugherty is my most frequent collaborator, but I’ve also worked with Trish DiFranco, Vanessa Port, Amber Esner, Bree Lundberg, and Agnes Studio. My wife helps with packing orders and some of the more logistical things.

Where do you create your work? What is that space like?
I have a home-office where I fill orders, but since we’re a collaborative team, much of our work is developed at coffee shops around town or around my kitchen table!

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How often do you find yourself in the studio?
Since Free Period is my side-hustle, I try to batch my work into focused chunks. I’ll spend a few mornings per week in my office, plus 1-2 evenings per week.

What is your favorite way to creatively warm-up?
Getting inspiration for new products is my favorite part of the creative process, so I love going to new places for inspiration-- taking the time out to read a magazine, go to the art museum, or read design blogs.

What do you like to listen to while you’re working?
I have trouble listening to music with words when I’m working, so I’ll listen to this alpha waves youtube video, or this French jazz guitar band if I need more energy. 

Share a little about your average day of work
I usually pack orders and answer emails before work in the morning. About once per month, I’ll have a check in with designers to work on developing new products. On the weekend, I’ll usually spend a day in coffee shops reaching out to potential stockists and catching up on other businessy things.

Do you have a favorite tool or technique that you love/can't do without?
Honestly, I use our Schedule Magic to-do list notebook every day to keep me focused on what needs to get done!

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Which part of your process do you get the most satisfaction from?
It’s a pretty incredible feeling to be at a craft show and see a customer get SO excited to discover one of our products.

Can you tell us a little about the making of your products?
I often let my new product ideas marinate and evolve for year or more before I act on them. Once I’m committed to making a new product, I’ll reach out to a designer and kickoff the project with them. We partner with local printers for manufacturing. It feels great to do everything in Cleveland!

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What motivates you to do what you do?
We live in a very distracted world, so I want to create products the help people take a step back and focus on what’s really important to them. 

Which season is the most difficult for you, sales-wise? When is your busiest? How do you handle those highs and lows?
The holidays are definitely bonkers, and summer tends to be pretty low key. Now that I know that cadence, I don’t stress out about the slow summers. Instead, I use it as a time to recharge and focus on other areas of my life.

If you could outsource any part of your current process, what task would that be and why?
Social media! I get too in my own head about posting online, so I don’t post as often as I should.

What is something that you wish people knew about you/ your business/ your products?
I love making things that I wish already existed in the world-- that’s my whole reason for starting Free Period.

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How do you see your work or processes changing in the near future? 
I see us staying close to our core of creating tools for productivity and creativity, but we are going to start hosting more in-person activities to grow our community. I’m really excited about carving out time to focus on what’s important in real life.

Let’s say that you find some spare time in your schedule… what do you like to do when you aren’t working?
I love getting outside for a hike and reading fiction. Both of those activities help me change my perception of my day-to-day life.

Who has had the greatest impression on you as an entrepreneur?
I’m a huge fan of Jason Fried, who started a company called Basecamp. He has a lot of good advice that goes against the status quo of startup culture and instead focuses on how to build a business that is sustainable and not crazy-making.

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Are there any specific makers or creators in general who you think our readers should be paying attention to? What do those people mean to you?
I’m always inspired by Miranda July and Janelle Monae. Locally, we have so many talented makers, but I recently met Molly Fitzpatrick of Ditto House and she is the friendliest person ever and I LOVE her designs!

What is your favorite thing about running your own business? 
I really enjoy having a creative vision and working with amazing people to make it a real thing that exists in the world.

What advice would you give to future makers of all ages?
To just get out there and start. You’ll make so many mistakes as you go, but reading all of the blogs and books in the world won’t teach you as much as your first craft show/workshop/tradeshow. Also, read "Profit First" to get the money part of your business in order.


Shop a selection of Free Period Press merch at THREEFOLD Gifts, where you can find goods from 45 national professional makers!
Visit us every Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm at 13339 Madison Ave. in Lakewood, Ohio.

 

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New Vendors this August at Threefold!

After two and a half months of being open, we're happy to announce that we are finally able to bring more folks into the fold! We're so excited to be growing our family of makers, and we can't wait for you to meet them. Before you shop their wares, learn a bit about the people behind the goods.

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Furrow

Cleveland, OH

Furrow is a bespoke jewelry brand rooted in the desire to combine personality, style, and self expression through uniquely handcrafted pieces. Guided by the idea of connecting with humans beyond consumption– Furrow aims to provide items with a personal touch evident in the nuanced nature of each piece. 

Channeling inspiration from midwestern landscapes, Furrow’s core aesthetic features neutral, earthy tones and bold forms that will elevate any look!

All pieces are handmade using polymer clay, baked in Ohio with love by designer + artist, Aly Dodds.


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Revival Body Care

Cleveland, OH

Revival Body Care was launched in Spring of 2015, in Nicole Dzurko's home kitchen. Her passion for a healthy lifestyle–beginning with mindfully selecting organic, non-GMO, clean foods for her family–can be seen in all aspects of her life. She's a mother of 3 daughters, and all are involved in physical activities year round. Her continued research in healthy lifestyles led to being extremely careful about the products that her family uses on their bodies, which is why she makes every effort to use products that are free of toxins, chemicals and preservatives.

Since the launch of Revival Body Care, Nicole has moved from her home kitchen to the Revival HQ in Cleveland, OH. Revival has swiftly grown and expanded it's offerings to a comprehensive collection of beauty products, as well as a strong community.


Shop our unique selection of 45+ vendors at 13339 Madison Ave. in Lakewood, Ohio!

Spring/Summer 2018 Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm
Closed Sunday & Monday

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Gift Guide: Housewarming Gifts for First-Time Homeowners

Buying a house is a huge deal. It's one of the largest purchases that a person can make, so surely you can shell-out a few bucks when your friends invite you over to see their new place! But don't sweat it... gifting doesn't have to be hard or expensive because we've made few gift recommendations for all types of budgets. We'll even  gift wrap your purchase if you ask really nicely.


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After all of the paperwork–so, SO much paperwork–is said and done, they give you the keys to your house... but wouldn't it be so much more gratifying if those keys came attached to a "Dream House" keychain by Valley Cruise Press?


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They say that a house isn't a home without a dog. Who's "they"? We never quite figured that out... but if it's true, your new homeowners are gonna need this "Bulldog" print by Landry Print Co. 

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What's missing from every new home? Food. The cupboards are bare, so let's go shopping! Make your list with the "Groceries + Things" notepad by Allie Biddle. It even has a magnet attached to the back for easy front-of-fridge storage.

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Keeping plants at home is scientifically proven to improve your quality of life! Not only do plants produce oxygen and purify the air in your space, but people who care for plants are more likely to also show care for others. Give the gift of a happy, healthy space with an air plant and matching plant hanger by Savvie Studio.

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A house becomes more home-y when you can cuddle on the couch with a great quilt. The "Rise" throw by DittoHouse. is a high-quality, USA-knit blanket made with 80% recycled cotton fiber, so it'll make your heart happy, too! Find a place for it on the back of your couch, in your favorite reading chair, or covering the top of your bed.

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What says "welcome" better than a vase full of wildflowers? Pick a few blooms for your favorite first-time homeowners, then plant them in a large "Geo" vase by Lauren H-B Studio.


Goods from these folks–and 45 national vendors– can be found at THREEFOLD Gifts every Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm.

In the Fold: An Interview with Deanna Dionne of Cleveland Street Glass
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If you've ever visited Cleveland, you know how strangely high-contrast our neighborhoods can be... but that could be said for so many cities. Lush green parks vs. concrete jungles. What every city does not have is Cleveland's urban optimist, Deanna Dionne of Cleveland Street Glass. Life handed Deanna some lemons, and she went and grew an orchard from them. What we mean to say is, Deanna has found success in the frustration of living in the city. Her well known jewelry is the product of car break-ins and a heap of ingenuity. After her own car was broken into during her first week living on the north coast, she started a jewelry business and used the mess of her car insurance claim to spark her creativity. Better than a glass slipper, this fairy godmother clads Cleveland in glass earrings, pendants, rings, and cuffs.

We're proud to tell folks about all of our vendors, but we beam when we share Deanna's story. Read on for a true tale of one of Cleveland's most inventive makers.


How did you decide on your business' name?

In the beginning I toyed around with ‘artsy’ names like “Shatter” (yeah none of them were good) but my concept is already a bit “out there” and I realized I needed a simple name that would help people understand what they’re looking at. It’s a play off of “sea glass” except I’m finding glass in the street!

What caused you to start making your products?

Within a week of moving to Cleveland, my car was broken into. But I’d moved to this live/work artist’s loft downtown to pursue my art, so I was seeing art in everything. Soon the glass glittering on the streets from car break-ins looked like something I wanted to work with. Experiments lead to more experiments, and I settled on making jewelry. Creating brands was a big part of my previous job and I had all the skills to start my own business, so I did! And Cleveland has a lot of crazy opportunity and support, they responded in full! I feel like anything is possible here.

Can you tell us a little about the making of your products?

I sweep auto glass left over from car break-ins off city streets, and repurpose them into necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. I use a technique similar to stained glass, edging each individual piece with a silver alloy. Smaller pieces of glass are utilized by mixing with resin in custom shapes, handmade molds, or stainless steel charms.

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How often do you find yourself in the studio?

Basically 24/7! There are many days I do not leave the warehouse. I have found that I like working with resin in the morning, doing computer work/processing glass/ fulfilling orders during the day, and soldering at night.

Share a little about your average day of work

My work changes a lot day-to-day, which I really enjoy. I always hated routine. Usually if I have an event on the weekend, I’m spending the week making sure I have all the gaps in my inventory filled, and know exactly what I need for the event to be smooth and safe.

What is your favorite way to creatively warm-up? 

I usually spend Sundays recovering from Saturday events and find myself lying in my hammock sketching out ideas. At times when the ideas don’t come so easily, I always reference my sketchbook and can remember new techniques I wanted to try.

Where do you create your work? What is that space like?

I have a live/work space in downtown Cleveland. It’s a large open space where I carve out zones for different processes in my work, but any time I can do work on my couch, I will!

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What do you like to listen to while you’re working?

I love sappy rock ballads, heavy drum solos, bossa nova, and unique singers.

Who's on your our creative team?

I am a solo business, but love contracting help when I can, especially when friends are looking to pick up some extra work! I also love working with photographers for interesting photo shoots.

If you could outsource any part of your current process, what task would that be and why?

Listing items online is a challenge to keep up with, since all my pieces are one-of-a-kind, it’s a lot of work to photograph and measure every item and list them!

Which part of your process do you get the most satisfaction from?

There is a lot of process in my work. From finding the glass to sorting it, hardening it, preparing to solder, soldering, finishing/sanding… and finalizing the item. They’re each satisfying in their own way, and just having lots of different tasks to choose from is satisfying to me. But the most satisfaction I get is actually seeing people react to my work.

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What motivates you to do what you do?

When someone’s car is broken into, their glass is left for debris in the street. By collecting the glass, I’m able to reclaim it and add value back into it. I find it very empowering!

How do you see your work or processes changing in the near future?

I’ve started focusing more on my fine arts career. What I’ve learned through being creative with soldering and incorporating links, chain, and copper/bronze tubes have informed larger work in the form of sculptures. I feel super privileged that creating/selling wearable art is able to (occasionally) fund materials needed to create my fine art.

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What is something that you wish people knew about you/ your business/ your products?

Sometimes I’ve had people request an Ohio-shaped piece. However, I can’t make shapes out of this broken glass. I’m just using whatever shapes Chaos provided, and if I try manipulating the glass, it shatters! This is part of what I love, though. It guarantees everything is one-of-a-kind, contributes to the organic nature of the work, and is more of a collaboration between myself and the material.

Do you have a favorite tool or technique that you love/can't do without?

Discovering pipettes for applying resin was a game changer!

Which season is the most difficult for you, sales-wise? When is your busiest?How do you handle those highs and lows?

January through May there aren’t many events for me to sell my jewelry. I basically live off savings I’ve collected from the rest of the year, but also will pick up some freelance website design gigs. Then I get busier and busier until after December!

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Who has had the greatest impression on you as an entrepreneur?

My father. He raised 4 children running his upholstery shop from the home. He also made time for art, and I loved going to the art shows where he would sell his clay sculptures.

Are there any specific makers or creators in general who you think our readers should be paying attention to? What do those people mean to you?

Oh no, I could write a whole article just about this. I can’t pick just a few! OK OK I’ll try. These are all amazing Clevelanders who deserve a shout-out.

  • Matthew Gallagher - Matthew’s work explores generative processes, materiality, and physics. He has been a huge influence on the thought processes involved in my art, and I am always excited to see what he is working on. It helps that his studio is only 2 doors down from mine!

  • Aly Dodds with Furrow - Truly a woman of today. Her budding jewelry business is super modern, but she’s also a fantastic illustrator.

  • Kerie Johannes with Klub Kerie - I love how Kerie brings post-internet influence to ceramics. Watch out for this up-and-comer!

  • Jordan Wong - You’ve likely seen Jordan’s illustrations popping up all over Cleveland. In the past couple years he’s taken the local design community by storm!

  • Marcia Custer - Definitely pay attention to this one. Marcia is a performance artist and singer who is incredibly engaging in a fun, personable way. I can’t wait to see what she does next.

  • Ange Lupica of Sweet Teeth Confections - I quit sugar 3 months ago but I can’t quit looking at Ange’s amazing pastry creations! This woman works so hard and is so passionate. Very inspiring.

  • Alaina Caruso of The Home Pantry - If you’ve had jam at Cleveland Bagel Co., thank Alaina. I’m keeping an eye on The Home Pantry as I have a feeling it will be a very big deal soon.

Now my heart is full of thinking of all the amazing people in Cleveland I’ve been lucky to meet.

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What is your favorite thing about running your own business?

Setting my own schedule. I hate routine and have leaned hard into an intuitive lifestyle, which is really a luxury.

Let’s say that you find some spare time in your schedule… what do you like to do when you aren’t working?

I love to get coffee with friends or catch up with my neighbors.

What advice would you give to future makers of all ages?

Experiment with your work all the time! Learning and self-teaching should never stop.

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Shop a selection of Cleveland Street Glass jewelry at THREEFOLD Gifts, where you can find goods from 45 national professional makers!
Visit us every Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm at 13339 Madison Ave. in Lakewood, Ohio.

 
July restocks at Threefold

There's a general rule in small business retail: If you see something that you love, buy it... it may be gone before you make it back to the store. Lucky for you our makers have restocked us with a few fan favorites. Take a look at which star products are making an encore performance at Threefold this July!


EARRINGS AND BOLOS FROM ODYSSEY & ODDITIES

 We love this unisex adjustable bolo tie from Odyssey & Oddities. We can see this paired with a mod lime green sheath dress, or maybe a chambray button-down.

We love this unisex adjustable bolo tie from Odyssey & Oddities. We can see this paired with a mod lime green sheath dress, or maybe a chambray button-down.

 Add a Moroccan edge to your getup with these hammered-brass U-shaped hoops. They'd look amazing with a high bun and a low neckline.

Add a Moroccan edge to your getup with these hammered-brass U-shaped hoops. They'd look amazing with a high bun and a low neckline.


NOTEBOOKS AND PENCILS FROM TRIPLE THREAT PRESS

 These Triple Threat Press pencils really fly during the school year. Get 'em before it's time for back-to-school shopping and they've all sold out!

These Triple Threat Press pencils really fly during the school year. Get 'em before it's time for back-to-school shopping and they've all sold out!

 Perfectly pocket-sized, these little notebooks are waiting to be filled with your words... now fully stocked at Threefold.

Perfectly pocket-sized, these little notebooks are waiting to be filled with your words... now fully stocked at Threefold.


LIP BALM AND SOAPS FROM BARR'S BARS

 Beeswax-based lip balms are back in lime and peppermint flavors to soothe your summer skin. 

Beeswax-based lip balms are back in lime and peppermint flavors to soothe your summer skin. 

 Last month we completely sold out of Egyptian Geranium Rose soap by Barr's Bars, but now it's back! Nab restocks on all of their soaps at Threefold this July.

Last month we completely sold out of Egyptian Geranium Rose soap by Barr's Bars, but now it's back! Nab restocks on all of their soaps at Threefold this July.


ENAMEL PINS FROM VALLEY CRUISE PRESS

 Rocket pops make us think of the concession stands at our childhood community pools. Valley Cruise Press has us stocked-upwith plenty of summer-themed enamels just like this one!

Rocket pops make us think of the concession stands at our childhood community pools. Valley Cruise Press has us stocked-upwith plenty of summer-themed enamels just like this one!

 You're a complex person, and that's great! This "All the Feelings" pin is practically a portrait of you. Become your own walking art gallery when you pin this on the lapel of your jeans jacket.

You're a complex person, and that's great! This "All the Feelings" pin is practically a portrait of you. Become your own walking art gallery when you pin this on the lapel of your jeans jacket.


Shop over 700 unique handmade gifts at Threefold!

Summer 2018 hours:
Tuesday–Saturday, 10am–6pm
Closed Sunday & Monday

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Gift Guide: Our favorite greeting cards for newlyweds

Picking out a card can suck, especially when that card is for a huge life event... like a wedding. The couple is hosting this huge, expensive party. The least you can do is throw down some cash for a funny note or sappy saying. I mean, you like these people, right? RIGHT.

We’ve picked out a few of our favorite cards from THREEFOLD vendors to help move this process along. Now, what are you wearing?


Weddings are the beginning of a couple's life together as equals... One for all and all for one–or something like that. Echo the sentiment with this lovely card by Shawna Smyth. We're not crying... you're crying!

Love makes us all see fireworks. Celebrate their special day with this explosively illustrated card by Letterpress Jess... but maybe spare them the literal cherry bombs and screamers.

The perfectionist bride or groom would so dig this “Nailed It” Card by Shawna Smyth.

If you’re like us, you love a good dad joke. This “I’m so jelly” card by Valley Cruise Press definitely fits the bill for those of us with a more “paternal” edge to our sense of humor. 

All of the goods at THREEFOLD are handmade, but this embroidered card by Allie Biddle takes caring about craftsmanship to the next level.

Is the happy couple a pair of friends from college? Then we’re going to take a leap of faith here and assume this toasting congratulatory card by Triple Threat Press mimics some of those university years habits. We hear this pairs well with a bottle of whiskey. 


Goods from these folks–and 45 national vendors– can be found at THREEFOLD Gifts every Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm.

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In the Fold: An Interview with Rachel Aughtry of Rachel Elise
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THREEFOLD Gifts–as young as it is–has always had professional makers in-mind. We developed this business as a way to find more of a home in a world where we didn't have to compete with folks practicing the infamous side-hustle. Part of that reasoning is because we were surrounded by so amazing professional makers as young business owners in Texas. Rachel Aughtry was one of those makers.
We met Rachel at the beginning of her time as an entrepreneur nearly a decade ago, and we've been lucky enough to watch her handbag business, Rachel Elise, grow over the years. She and her husband, Bo, are great friends of ours. We relate on all of the important levels, business and non. We can't image better folks to introduce you to in our very first maker interview. 


How did you decide on your business name? It seems so personalized and friendly!
Our business name is Rachel Elise, which is my first and middle name. When I first started RE, I struggled with what to name it, so naming it after myself seemed simple enough. Also, my mom blessed me with a sweet name combo, so I figured I shouldn’t let that go to waste.

What caused you to start making bags?
I started the business when I was in college, studying art. I was in a zillion studio classes, but felt like all my “creative” projects were driven by deadlines and assignment parameters. I wanted to have a creative thing that something I simply wanted to do-- little did I know it would be my job (and my husband’s job!) ten years down the road.

Introduce us to your creative team!
It’s me and Bo, my husband. Plus the cats.

Where do you make your bags, and what's that space like?
Bo and I work from our home studio in Weaverville, North Carolina. Our house sits in the woodsy Blue Ridge Mountains, so we get to leave our windows open for natural light and free bird sounds. Our two cats hang out with us on the reg as well.

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How often do you find yourself in the studio?
We’re both full-timers, so we’re usually in the studio 8ish (or 9ish lol) to 5ish, Monday-Friday. We follow the Barbara Corcoran philosophy that taking a real weekend makes you a better human and a smarter worker.

Could you share a little about your average day of work?
My day is pretty much behind the sewing machine. We print together once or twice a week, but that usually just takes a couple of hours. Bo’s day varies a lot, but can include cutting fabrics, trimming threads (this seems like a ridiculous task, but trust me, it’s a thing), and shipping out orders.

What is your favorite way to creatively warm-up?
This is maybe the most boring answer ever, but organizing? (That’s such an non-artist answer, but I am what I am.) Making a to-do list or reorganizing materials gets me amped to tackle all the things and creates brainspace for the fun stuff.

Can you tell us a little about the making of your products?
If you insist! Bo cuts all our materials, I do most of the sewing/designing, and we tag-team screenprinting. Yes, we screenprint own our designs/fabrics because sewing them from scratch isn’t enough work on its own! ;-)

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What is something that you wish people knew about your business?
It’s a true team effort! I do most of our sewing, so sometimes people don’t understand the importance of Bo’s work for our buisness. But trust me, he’s a busy dude! There is so much more to a handmade business than just the obvious.

Which season is the most difficult for you, sales-wise? When is your busiest? How do you handle those highs and lows?
January to April-ish is our slow season. There’s a great appreciation for the art community in Western North Carolina, but a lot of that appreciation happens at craft fairs that start in May and go through the end of the year. But there always seem to be put-off projects for those early-in-the-year months!

How do you see your work or processes changing in the near future?
We already have some new materials in our possession that we’re super excited to include in our work later this year! But for now, it’s top secret.

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Which part of your process do you get the most satisfaction from?
Colors are my favorite! So combining new materials and fabrics is always the best.

If you could outsource any part of your current process, what task would you choose?
Making straps, hands down. Bo cuts them; I sew them. A lot of time and love goes into those suckers, and many of our customers don’t even realize it’s a component we make ourselves. But we do make them! With love! Even if we don’t love to make them ;-)

What motivates you to do what you do?
Being your own boss is an excellent lifestyle– you get to make what you want, when you want, can change it up when you need to, and can reward yourself with a break when you’ve earned it. I love to create and am so glad that’s my job, but maintaining autonomy is often the biggest motivator.

Do you have a favorite tool or technique that you love/can't do without?
My Juki industrial sewing machine is everything! Having the proper equipment to do what you need to do is imperative. But I also really really love the screenprinting process, partially hand-painting the screens. Swoon.

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Who has had the greatest impression on you as an entrepreneur?
My grandma. She owned a gift shop when I was a kid and has been a maker her whole life (though I don’t think she’d give herself credit for that). Her shop inspired me to also own a brick and mortar for a time, and her free spirit definitely encouraged me to go after what I really wanted in life.

What do you like to listen to while you’re working?
A mix of music, podcasts, and audiobooks. Thirty to forty hours of sewing a week is a lot of sewing-- you gotta mix it up! My favorite podcasts right now are 99% Invisible and Stuff You Should Know. And I also listen to a lot of politic garbage, but we don’t have to get into that ;-)

Let’s say that you find some spare time in your schedule… what do you like to do when you aren’t working?
Go outside! Bo and I are both native Texans but moved to WNC for the great outdoors. Hiking is definitely how we spend our weekends, and I try to spend some down time on our patio every day.

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Are there any specific makers or creators in general who you think our readers should be paying attention to?
Heck yeah! My friend Emile recently opened a brick and mortar workshop space called Wildflower Art Studio in Denton, Texas. I’ve known Emile for years and it’s been so cool to watch her develop Wildflower from a print/card company, to a series of workshops, to a DIY kit behemoth (seriously, she’s sold tens of thousands of art kits on Amazon), to running her own permanent workshop space with sold out classes. I love when makers can (seamingly) flow from one focus to another and still stay true to their mission and brand. It’s inspiring to see how people and businesses reshape over time.

What is your favorite thing about running your own business?
I love that I can change my schedule or what we’re making or how we’re making it just because I’m tired of doing it the old way. Flexibility is the best!

What advice would you give to future makers of all ages?
I JUST talked about flexibility in the last question, but seriously, be flexible! You aren’t locked in to one product or one style or one path. Change it organically as you see fit! Don’t limit yourself with too many rules. Rules are good (but so is breaking them!)

What’s one question that you wish we would have asked… and what is your answer to that question?
mmmmm maybe “What’s Bo’s nickname for himself in the studio?” The answer to which is Bo Elise.


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Gift Guide: Father’s Day Presents

Let's talk about that guy over there... yeah, him. Dad. He's there for you 365/24/7, but on Sunday, Jun 17–Father's Day–he'll be the star of the show. Now let's talk about gifts... and how Dad likes gifts. So, if we do some simple math we come to the conclusion that Dad should probably get a gift on Father's Day. Why don't you be the one who gives it?

Gifts for The Active Dad

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Dad and his bike are inseparable... but on the off chance that you two decide to lock-up the Schwinn and opt for a walk through the park instead, this “Share the World” tee by Landry Print Co. can help continue to spread the message of two-tire traveling.


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While leather wallets are standard, we find the Tri Fold wallet from Forest City Portage to be a great animal and earth-friendly alternative! Made with durable, repurposed materials like sailcloth, these things are practically bulletproof.


Presents for The Bookworm

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It's nearly noon, so what's for lunch? Beef on weck, garbage plates, city chicken, goetta? Maybe some bakery or a cookie table to top it off. You look confused... not from round these parts, are ya? Brush up on your midwestern lingo with your very own copy of  How To Speak Midwestern from Belt Publishing.


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Dad's really smart. He has all these A+ ideas, but sometimes he–like the best of us–gets a touch forgetful. Encourage Dad's brainstorming with a “Really Frickin Good Ideas” notebook by Triple Threat Press. It fits perfectly in a shirt or jeans pocket, so he'll never forget to take it with him.


A Little Something for The Barmaster

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 The Dude wasn't a dad, but every dad really seems to want to be The Dude. Take him one step closer to realizing his dream of hanging with Walter and Donny with this “White Russian” Happiest Hour Print by Boundary & Thorn... it really ties the room together.


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Just as Mommy Dearest lost her marbles over wire hangers, something tells us that Dad wouldn't bee very keen to find water rings on his hard wood surfaces. Save us all the grief and get him a set of marbled wood coasters from Savvie Studio for the bar top... and maybe some Murphy's Oil Soap, too?

 


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Think back to a prior era, when Don Drapers and Gloria Steinams walked down the street... when conversation pits were all the rage and everyone was burning their mouths on fondue. The Essential Barware print by Sorry Studio would have fit right in. Gift dad one of his own, and garnish with a 2nd Shift Design Co. hanger frame for added finesse.


Goods For The Father with the Finer Things

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Whether your dad prefers the half windsor, four-in-hand, or the pratt knot... the one thing we can all agree on is that nobody appreciates getting beat up by their necktie. Windy weather or clear skies, a silver tie bar from Tiny Erica Jewelry will solve any issues of wardrobe misconduct.


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Fledgeling record collectors and professionals alike feel a bit weak in the knees when they catch a glimpse of the Minimal Record Rack by Prather Team. The portable tabletop rack is a must-have for any listening party or brunch DJing set. 



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Nicknamed "The boyfriend candle", the Black Process Collection Soy Candle from Triple Threat Press is scented with sweet, spicy, and smoky notes of tobacco and burnt clove. As an added bonus, the wood wick crackles lightly, like a tiny campfire for the indoors... which means that you get to skip the bug spray.


You can find all of the above gifts–plus goods from 45 national vendors–at Threefold Gifts. Visit us at 13339 Madison Ave. in Lakewood, Ohio, Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm