I just had to share this adorable little feature that Meg from Belle and Union Co did on us for her Instagram column ‘Hometown Tuesday’. Each week she interviews one of the shops that carries her stationery collection to find out a little bit more about the hometown they are located in. Instead of using photography, she illustrates little doodles to bring the answers to life! It was so fun to see her little depictions of the Venice life. Our interview questions are posted below. xo
Describe your hometown in a single word.Creative.
What makes your town home?Living just a few blocks away from our shop which is frequented by the Venice locals – our neighbors. We love that our shop has become an essential part of the community and that our family has formed so many amazing relationships because of it.
What made you want to open a shop/business here? Nestled on the Westside of this big global city of Los Angeles, Venice is a small gem of a neighborhood full of eclectic charm, amazing architecture and populated with many different types of creative people that have an appreciation for the aesthetics of good design.
What’s the most iconic spot in town and why? The Venice canals. One upon a time (early 1900’s) Venice, CA was built with streets made up of water ways that were woven through the city to resemble Venice Italy. It was a resort town which became known as the ‘Coney Island of the Pacific’.These days many of the canals have been filled in with streets, but the ones that are still intact are charming, historic and makes for absolute eye candy on a neighborhood stroll.
How do you know when you are “officially” a local? When you realize that nobody in your neighborhood, (including yourself) has moved their car in a week! So many people here have unique occupations that do not require a 9-5 commute. Venice is one of the few places in LA that you can easily get around by foot, bicycle, skateboard, etc.
Field trips are the best.
We love going on them, chaperoning them, and of course highlighting them when the destination is to Urbanic ! Below are highlights from some recent blogger’s excursions to the shop.
It was such an honor to be recently featured on the 100 Layer Cakelet blog as an ‘inspiring mom’. As some of you already may know, we found out that we were pregnant with our first son the day after signing the lease on Urbanic (almost 9 years ago!) So essentially our life at that time was about to change in more ways than we could have ever imagined.
In the interview I answered some questions about how our business inspires our family and how our children are a part of what we do. I also talk a bit about the challenges of being a business owner and a mother, and the quest to find balance in the midst of it all.
One of our favorite holiday traditions around here at Urbanic is our annual gift wrapping shoot with the lovely ladies from 100 Layer Cake. Remember the one we did last year? These girls know how to style a festive gift wrapping soiree and we loved sharing some of our favorite wraps of the season to see the magic unfold. These photos by Fondly Forever captured the creativity perfectly. To get more gift wrapping inspiration you can see even more pics *here*.
We are beaming from head to toe after finding out that we were mentioned by Vogue Paris as one of the 10 Instagram accounts you should follow for wedding inspiration. ( … and we are in SUCH good company too!)
“Founded in Venice Beach, Urbanic Paper is California’s go-to boutique for wedding invitations. The team unveils boxes of vintage, arty, colorful, monochrome and classic invitations to its 24,000 followers on Instagram. A goldmine of inspiration. http://instagram.com/urbanic“
– Jade Simon, translated by Kate Matthams-Spencer and Isabelle Granger
It was such an honor to be featured in Rverie magazine this month. For any of you who aren’t familiar, it’s an uber stylish, digital magazine that explores the stories of creativity and craftsmanship in people places and products all around us. In my interview with the the editor in cheif, Laura Piety, I spoke about our journey over these last 7 years. The ‘a-ha’ moment of starting the shop, our first location in a rented garage, taking a risk to sign a big lease, and juggling a new business with a surprise pregnancy. I shared a few tips on what I’ve learned along the way. If you’re interested you can read the interview about Urbanic here. xo *A