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LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT US:

I am a thirty-something, happily partnered, mother of Edie and Oliver (the two cutest four-legged babies you have ever seen) and soon to be the owner of a new handmade gift boutique and creative studio in Atlanta, GA. I came to this point in my personal creative journey after the passing of my brother in 2007. In his death, I found the courage to leave the corporate world for bigger and better things. Prior to my escape, I was in the Event Marketing industry for 11 years. I also hold a degree in Fashion, Textiles and Interiors. After trying to focus on a particular passion (fabric, color, texture, design, and architecture) and lousy attempts to apply that to my sales and marketing background, I was encouraged to not restrict myself and do it all.

There are two components to the shop: the retail side and the creative studio side. The retail component will consist of a variety of handmade products in the following categories (Home, Accessories, Gifts, Apparel, Kids and Pets). The studio will be a space (within the shop) where artists and employees will hold workshops in various mediums (i.e. fiber arts, repurposing/upcycling, glass soldered jewelry).

The inspiration for the overall feel of the space is Anthropologielifestyle merchandising at its very best (www.anthropologie.com). Now, add a twist. Think Mrs. vintage-inspired ultra fem meets Ms. Urban eco-friendly hipster. A distinct mixture of colors and textures all brought together to create a relaxing yet fun home environmentwell, the home we all wish we had!

HERE IS WHAT WE NEED:

I am looking for a logo (and tag line) that says it all. The logo will be used for all print and electronic messaging, as well as for the store-front signage.

After months of tossing around names, I am still struggling with this decision. Below I have listed the names still bouncing around in this lottery wheel we will call my brain. I like each of these for very different reasons so I have decided to leave it to the professionals. I am completely open to your interpretations and suggestions. Important to keep in mind, I seem to be drawn to contrast. Hard/soft, masculine/feminine, organic/structured. There is a company here in Atlanta, Concrete LaceI LOVE IT!!! The contrast/dichotomy of the words.

the INDIEpendent (favorite, at the moment)

mytopia

authenticities

As for the tag line, I just want to make sure it helps define the name. If someone could incorporate three power words using W.C.L, my brothers initials, that would be awesome.

OUR TARGET AUDIENCE IS:

Strong, smart, unique, eclectic, diverse, cultured, confident, adventurous, independent, creative, comfortable in her own skin, open, honest, giving, beautiful

She is 25-50, well educated, has an above average level of discretionary income, and an appreciation for fine craftsmanship.

The selected location is a new village of independent retail, galleries, and restaurants. The area is home to Atlanta Country Club and the private public school. Numbers look like this

3 MILE SNAPSHOT:

Population - 57,638

# of Households - 23,003

Avg. Household Income - $170,491

Est. Median Housing Value - $365,564

Population of 25 yrs.+ with College Degree or better - 64%

Competitor websites:

Beehive Coop (www.beehiveco-op.com)

YoungBlood (http://youngbloodgallery.com/)

WE LIKE THESE DESIGNS:

Looks I likethe handstamped (since stamping is huge in the craft industry), the organic trees/birds/flowers but hand drawn not cartoon nor too natural and the combination/contrast of the traditional classic mixed with an urban edge.

COLOR: On a whim, I purchased 27 rolls of the prettiest green ribbon. It is a perfect green with a hint of iridescent blue. However, green goes with everything! I love all colors and the absence of them as well. I do typically lean toward monochromatic schemes but go for it! Oh, I hate clowns and the circus :)

WEBSITES/LOGOS:

http://www.alabamachanin.com/ - My original inspiration

http://thecreativeentrepreneur.biz/mexic...

http://www.thehandmademarket.com/

http://www.ornamentea.com/

http://www.ice-atlanta.com/

FONTS: (http://www.dafont.com/)

I like the theme categoriesFANCY: Eroded, Distorted, Destroyed, Decorative (some), Typewriter, Various. SCRIPT: Trash, Various.

I especially like both Angelic War (http://www.dafont.com/search.php?psize=m...) and karabine (http://www.dafont.com/search.php?psize=m...)

BEAUTIFUL spaces: These are closest visually but I am not fond of either logo or website.

Eco Emporium (http://www.theecoemporium.com/)

Urban Cottage (www.urbancottageatlanta.com

WE ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE THIS IN OUR DESIGN:

No mustsbut keep in mind that I have 27 huge rolls of the green ribbon!

and

Nothing cutesyfeminine is good, cutesy is bad, real bad!

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