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.
one of the first artists who came to mind for the interior of our new minigrow space on 7th Ave in New York City was our fellow Philly-based friend, Martha Rich. We last partnered with Martha on a mural for our 11th Street location in Philadelphia, and the fact that she teaches at the nearby New York Fashion Institute of Technology, it was a no-brainer to collaborate again to bring more Philadelphia talent to the New York scene.
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.
upon entering our new 11th Street location in Philadelphia's Midtown Village you'll immediately notice the large, vibrant mural completed by Martha Rich. Featuring colorful characters proclaiming even more colorful remarks (some of which Martha had overheard while eavesdropping at our 16th Street location), this piece provides a wonderful splash of energy to the space.
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.
If you've been into a honeygrow in the past nine months, there's a good chance you've seen the work of illustrator Rita Carroll.
After graduating from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Illustration, Rita landed a job in NYC for Penguin Random House Books as a junior designer. Still Philadelphia-based, she uses that commute for her "transit doodles" and sketching up the latest monthly whimsical scenes for some of our locations!