If you're heading out for the French Quarter Art Walk tonight, be sure to stop by and check out The Commons, a new shop within Heirloom Book Co. that focuses on American-made goods for the home.
Proprietor Erin Connelly and her partner Kerry Speake both defected from the fashion world to focus on curating a store of well-designed products that don't sacrifice quality for cheap production.
And not too long ago, Connelly defected from rainy Seattle to settle in Charleston, after she came to visit her brother and decided to stay awhile. Speake remains in Seattle, and the two are currently working with Cobble HIll on their website, which is slated to launch in February.
"The original idea was just to do an online component," says Connelly. "But the ultimate goal was to have a brick-and-mortar store in Charleston and one eventually on the West Coast. I just approached Carlye (Dougherty) and Anna Kate (Lister at Heirloom) and the brick-and-mortar came to be faster than expected."
Tonight, Heirloom and the Commons will be hosting art walk revelers from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at 54.5 Broad St.
As for what you'll find there, Connelly says there's a variety of items, from cheeseboards to birdhouses to one-of-a-kind weavings by Janelle Pietzrak of All Roads Design and furniture from local craftsman Michael Moran.