to help invigorate our new minigrow Wabash Ave space in the heart of Chicago, we collaborated local artist Emmy Star Brown + tasked her with creating a mural which complemented the colorful ingredients + natural elements found on the minigrow menu. The end result—an intricate, hand-drawn pattern, layered over warm, inviting tones—graces our dining room wall, bringing a tangible energy into the space, one which matches the urban flow outside in The Loop.
minigrow is an experience—from the food, to the team, to the energy of the space, we want each visit to our minigrow locations to feel (+ taste) unlike anything New York has ever experienced before. To further elevate this experience, we wanted to feature artists who push boundaries + challenge the viewer with intricate, colorful + playful imagery.
our new location in Chicago's West Loop features a breathtaking mural featuring a flurry of colors + characters breathing life into the city which is cast as the landscape to the piece. The mural, completed by local artist Julie Murphy, is a tribute to Chicago's eclectic, diverse, lively + wholly unique culture and serves as the perfect anchor to our first-ever Chicago location.
upon entering our new location at the base of the new Viridian development in Fenway, you'll immediately notice two murals, which add some prehistoric vibes to the already historic area. James Weinberg, the artist behind the Jurassic-inspired visuals, is a Somerville-based artist who excels at blending shapes + colors together to create expressive, intricate + unforgettable images. We met with James to learn more about his work + inspiration, all while touring Somerville, visiting some of his public pieces which added pops of color on an otherwise gray, dreary New England day.
hidden inside a small storefront behind an unsuspecting wall of greeting cards, there are several tons of powerful, ancient letterpress machines. We met with Scott McClelland, owner of Paper Meets Press, a small Main Line business which aims to utilize a centuries-old printing technique to create fun, dynamic products for their clients. He walks us through the intricacies of letterpress, what makes it unique + touches on what is next for Paper Meets Press.
we met with Meg Skill of Nutmeg Cake Design in her beautiful consultation space in Fishtown to discuss baking in the big city, expanding a small business + how intricate design elements make her cakes + treats so unique.
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We spent a relaxing morning sipping green tea with Rikumo’s founders, Kaz + Yuka Morihata, at their relocated concept store, located at 1216 Walnut Street [editor’s note: it has a garden!] to discuss where they’ve been, where they are going and where it all comes from.
We spent an afternoon with five local Philly talents to learn more about their crafts and what drives them in their careers. Seeing them for who they are “in the simplest terms + the most convenient definitions,” but what we found was each one of them is…a designer…an illustrator…a hand-letterer…an artist...an inspiration. Meet the studio mates of 1421 Carpenter Street.
It is with great excitement that we announce the opening of our sixth location in Hoboken today! After an exhaustive process, we are thrilled to fling our doors open wide to the Washington Street community with business hours 11am-10pm daily. Formerly two separate businesses, our space at 120 Washington Street has been unified by our open kitchen + unique touchscreen ordering process with ample seating both inside and out.
If you’ve ever dug into a cheese board at Talula’s Garden in Philly or hung out over a cup of coffee at Brew Ha Ha in Trolley Square in Wilmington, DE, then you’re already familiar with the beautiful millwork of Andrew McKnight and his student army. Andrew McKnight is a Philadelphia resident and founder + director of the Challenge Program, a Delaware based furniture production company centered around craftsmanship education for kids between 18 + 21.