On December 21st, 2013 Awkward Stage will close as a storefront + gallery.
I opened the shop on Lakeshore Mews on May 24th, 2008. We’re For Barton + Four Star Daydream played the grand opening. Heather Marchand was the very first artist to hang on the walls. Since that day, I have hung countless artists; both local + from afar, emerging + established. I have hosted many bands + live events. I have sewn garment after garment and given local makers a place to share their hard work. I’ve made friends with some amazing individuals. I’ve developed a fan club of loyal visitors and collectors who make everything I’ve done worth while. I’ve shared the importance of hand made + supporting the local economy. I’ve been changed by the people I’ve met and I’d like to think that I’ve made an impact on art + culture in my home town.
Awkward Stage will continue on as a fashion house on a part time basis. I will continue to sew until my hands won’t let me anymore. It’s just time to move on.
Thank you all for an amazing 5 years.
Thank you to my biggest fans + support system, thank you to my collectors + the inspiring artists I’ve shown in the gallery. Thank you to the people who understand how important buying locally is + the people who fall in love with hand made items and are willing to invest in a great piece. Thank you to the people who have brought me tea + flowers over the years. Thank you to the people who were not afraid to discuss art with me. Thank you for the stories I have + the community we’ve built.
I will miss you all, I will miss the wonderful moments that happen in that shop on Lakeshore Mews.
I am proud of the last 5 years. I am ready to move forward.
This has been one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever made.
With so much love,
Queen of all, maker of things.
P.S: As with all store closings, there will be sales. Keep an eye open for updates but here is a rough outline:
November 6-16: 15% off everything
November 20-30: 25% off everything
December 4-14: 35% off everything
December 18-21: 35% to 80% off everything, indoor yard sale of some Awkward Stage fixtures and stuff from the styling kit I’ve built up over the years.
Saturday, December 21: So long, Awkward Stage celebration of life/funeral of a shop (more info about this soon).