Thursday, February 26, 2015

Local Love: The Haven Collective

Vintanromodern has been open since October of 2014, but my core business, Vintanthromodern Vintage and The Vintanthromobile have been chugging along since 2011. I was inspired to start a "creative collective" by one-off handmade markets and social events created with gal pals/designers/ makers including Sarah Bratchell (Bella Rev Jewelry), Meg Kazukynas (23rd/1st), Jemma Nussbaum (Jemmanimals) & Kate Stephen (Kate Stephen Jewelry) and Maya Szatai (Milk & Sugar Prints). Working with like minded creative small business owners is so inspiring!

Vintanthromodern is part modern craft studio, part creative event space, part vintage shop, and part rotating pop-up shop! We carry a tightly curated selection of vintage clothing, shoes, and accessories, along with small batch handmade goods, housewares and craft supplies. I handpick everything in the shop myself -- and I'm proud to say the most common compliment I hear from customers is that I have a great eye!

Working full time as a high school art teacher has made running a brick and mortar shop challenging! The hardest part is juggling the myriad of tasks that a successful business requires: staying on top of social media, keeping store displays fresh and exciting, bookkeeping, acquiring inventory, scheduling classes and pop-ups, and a million other tiny details! I'm passionate about being a shop owner (and a bit neurotic, too) so somehow it all gets done :)

I would say that it's important to surround yourself with creative, hardworking and supportive people who understand your passion. Having a strong network of makers, designers, trendsetters and small business owners has been invaluable to me. Vintanthromodern wouldn't exist without the contributions of these people - it takes a village!

February has been packed with events! Every Sunday we have crafting classes as part of our Sunday Brunch Craft Series. Our craft studio is small so each class only has 6-8 spots and they fill up pretty quickly. Come nibble on brunch snacks and sip mimosas while crafting in our light filled, and cozy modern craft space.

We also have a dedicated rotating pop-up space with new vendors arriving every two weeks:

February's vendors:
Northeast Nutmeg – handmade candles
Poor & Pretty – apothecary products
Cinder + Salt – screen printed tees, ties and more
Whisk +Brush – delicious eats and handmade kitchen accessories

Events Coming Up:

March 1: Sunday Brunch Craft Series- Modern Dreamcatchers
March 7: Anna Sincavage- Vintage Reborn
March 12: Cinder + Salt's Debut Party
March 15: Hot Blood Pop-up
March 29: Crafting for Kitties

938 State Street
in New Haven's East Rock neighborhood.

Currently open:
 Thursday and Friday from 3-8pm
Saturday and Sunday from 12-6pm
We are always willing to make appointments for private events, crafting and fashion emergencies. Give us a call at 860-944-6254 or email us if you need to visit the shop outside our winter hours.

Find The Haven Collective on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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