Goods from Grand Avenue


Hours may be limited, but some local grand dames are keeping busy this summer, making and selling wares out of Grand Avenue studios and shops -- thanks in large part to the wonders of See what Beatrice Moore of Kooky Krafts, Kate Benjamin of Moderncat Studio and the ladies (and gentlemen) of Indie ArtHouse are up to, and learn how to buy it -- after the jump.

Beatrice Moore's Kooky Krafts is in full swing -- on her etsy shop -- even if her shop is closed for a bit.

Top row from left, goods for sale -- all made in her Grand Ave studio/shop -- include: Day of the Dead fake cake, $50; Rich Blue Cactus Flowers wreath, $70; Hen with Feathers, $7.50.

The latest addition to the Grand Ave retail scene is Indie ArtHouse, an artist-run collective that's currently open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., located at 1504 NW Grand Avenue.

Middle row from left: QuietMind bead supplies for crafting (starting at $3); RunzwithScissors' Black Slip Dress Lime reconstruction, $65; RunzwithScissors' Aqua FlowerPower skirt of vintage fabric, $35.

And Kate Benjamin's Moderncat Studio hasn't opened its doors lately, but chances are good that you already know all about her hairball jewelry project, most recently featured in the pages of the National Examiner. (This girl and her cats get around!)

Benjamin's still selling modern furniture and accessories for cats -- all made in her Grand Ave. studio -- on her etsy shop.

Bottom row from left: ModShakers catnip rattle toys (2 for $6); Bamboleo cat toys, made with re-purposed wine corks and organic catnip (3 for $9.50); and the Wave Lounge, a sea of wavy cardboard for kitty to scratch and hang out on ($50).

Indie ArtHouse will be open this Third Friday, August 19, from 6 to 10 p.m. with an opening featuring comic book artist Russ Kazmierczak of Amazing Arizona Comics, with musical guests Serene Dominic, Robin Graves, and Dakota Slim.

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