Moving is always a tough decision to make, even if the decision is made for you. We realized it was imminent a while ago, but put ourselves through months of jerry-rigging desks and workspace before we were willing to admit it was time to say goodbye to our 85 1/2 Spring. Though short-lived (33 months), we had a blast together, and knew that this couldn’t be that thing where you break up and then see each other all over campus and your heartbreak returns and you have so many regrets even though you know it was the right thing in the first place but you wonder if it could work and then regret it instantly when you try again. No, we needed to make this work. Let’s just be friends for real. So Helen and Josh decided to share the love (progressive) and invite some of their crushes to use the space after we left it. We knew it was the best thing, and our friends agreed, so the Pretend Store was conceived. 85 1/2 would be the venue for a series of pop-up shops and a place where Fuzzco, Charleston, and some of our favorite out-of-towners could get together and collaborate.
Last month we had the pleasure of sharing the space with our friends Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith of Workstead. Displayed alongside their beautiful lamps and fixtures was a small lantern we had the pleasure of collaborating to create. Hand painted in Fuzzco red and white with patterns influenced by Workstead’s Nordic roots, these lanterns were given the power of portability so you can enjoy them even in places without air conditioning. See the beautiful photos taken by Matthew Williams of Workstead’s time with us and what The New York Times had to say about our pop-ups.
During their stay, Workstead hosted three dinners by lantern light where we ate food from Robert Stehling of Hominy Grill, Tara Derr Webb of FarmBar and Josh Walker of Xiao Bao Biscuit. If you were lucky enough to attend any of the sold-out dinners, you will agree, they were a fantastic mix of good company, intimate conversation (so encouraged by the lanterns) and delicious food. Lanterns are still available. Order yours today!
November has so far been a fantastic month. Our interior idols O + A all the way from the Left Coast city of San Francisco joined us with their bold modular cardboard furniture to create temporary workspaces for our favorite low country creators. The modular cardboard blocks were fashioned into shelves, chairs, desks and stools. Our friends Becca Barnet, Jacob Lindsey, Cone10 Studios, Finkelstein’s Center, Redux Contemporary Art Center, and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) have all re-worked the space and the pieces to fit their needs. It’s been great to see how each collaborator uses the same pieces in such different ways. You can still catch Distil Union in there until the 22nd (today!).
December hasn’t happened yet, but if it had, you’d have seen the space filled with our friends Kathleen Whitaker, Loup Charmant, Press: Works on Paper, All Hands, Proud Mary, State, Landrum Tables, Gravel & Gold, and LuRu Home, all offering you glances at their goodies. In addition you’ll see (and be able to purchase) the towel we collaborated on with Proud Mary. The pop-up is slated for the perfect time for the gift-giving days ahead. We can’t wait to share these brands with all of our fellow Charlestonians.
So come by and say Hello (not goodbye) to our new (old) space, still at 85 1/2 Spring St.
See you there!