I made the trip to the Bott Shoppe in Mamaroneck, NY this past Saturday with a few friends! I wanted to check out the place since I've had the chance to put up a few of my pieces for sale there, and see what else was exhibited.
It was a beautiful November day with the sun shining and a brisk wind. We took the train from Grand Central and it was a super easy 40 min or so ride. The shop is a 3 min walk from the train station, making it very easy for us non-drivers to come up.
I found the shop very welcoming with hardwood floors, white walls, and windows in the front and back providing great light and warmth. Laura Saravia-Bott, the owner and creative director of the shop and director of the design firm The Bott Co , set up a little bar where we enjoyed a glass of wine and beer, while roaming around the space. She created a light-hearted, cozy atmosphere where shoppers could walk around, pick up items and look through posters and illustrations freely.
The handmade art by local artists is mixed in with design and arts books, nifty electronic gadgets and a ton of great shopping ideas such as the Water Towers from Boundless Brooklyn. Laura did a fantastic job populating the store with unique and quirky pieces, ranging from original paintings to art prints to natural soap and candles, I also saw some pet sweaters that were so adorable that I wish I had a dog! There were also some great home decor ideas such as vintage inspired towels, handmade coasters and fun hand crafted lamps in whiskey bottles. All the items on display were professionally curated and well-arranged throughout the space, following a color scheme that made the browsing very enjoyable (Hey! Visual artist here! These things matter!).
I couldn't resist buying a card and a little pouch that were adorable! (I'll add a pic soon!)
The Bott Shoppe is a pop-up store and gallery where you can find a lot of great and unique items, but a lot is happening there! From offering design and marketing services for individuals and companies alike to Makers Mixer events every Thursday, which is a "networking mixer for artists and artisans where they can share resources, their latest creations and support each other", Laura is reaching out and fostering a creative community, a stone's throw away from the city. She also mentioned that she will be offering online purchasing in the near future, but in the meantime if you see something that you like on the website, do not hesitate to contact her!
Laura dreamed up this project and willed it to life, it is such an accomplishment that I am so excited to be a part of! I hope the shop is a success, for myself and the other artists involved of course, but more so I hope that the creative community embraces this newest endeavor and that the shop finds its audience and flourishes!
We can all use some more art in our lives!