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Good luck! And good life!
Have a great weekend, we hope the sun is shining where you are!!!
We first started getting regular requests for invoice drawings a little over a year ago, and since then they’ve really taken off! We employ a lot of former art majors and creative types here, so it’s been a lot of fun getting to do these little doodles for our beloved fan base. Today however, we were thrilled to have a fan share his own sock illustration with us!
Behold, The Sockstrocity, by Andy Hopp!
Andy Hopp is a game designer and illustrator who happens to be married to a sock enthusiast, Heather. She saw our Domestic Shipping Manager Ryan’s work on Pinterest and thought this was right up our ally! Boy was she right!
The Sockstrocity appears in Andy’s RPG book The Whole Hole – A Gadabout’s Guide to Mutha Oith – Vol.01: Keister Island, and may soon be available as a metal miniature to backers of the Low Life miniatures kickstarter campaign!
Many thanks to Andy and Heather for allowing us to share this with our fans!
Three years ago today we opened up the tiny lobby space of Sock Dreams HQ to local sock shoppers. It was a soft opening, we didn’t know what to expect. Would we have customers (it’s not easy to park at SDHQ, there is a very busy thoroughfare right next to us), would we have enough space for customers? Even though it was a soft opening, there was quite a buzz gathering. As Niqkita posted the day before our quiet little opening, the excitement from future customers was “both hugely flattering and just a wee bit scary”.
Then, the October after the store’s first birthday, we had our grand opening at the new shop site! Instead of a little lobby at HQ, the shop graduated to a whole building, an adorable little historic house in the heart of Sellwood. Though our primary business is selling online, our storefront lets folks from Portland (and all around—we’re always touched to hear that people have us on their see-while-in-Portland vacation to-dos!) check out a selection of our top-selling styles in person.
There’s no way we can fit everything we have have online in our shop, but we do make sure that everybody’s favourites are well-stocked, like Tabbisocks, Leg Avenue, Sock It To Me and our Extraordinary and DreaM Stocking styles.
What’s especially special about the store is that we’re able to offer boutique styles and special brands that we can’t order in the amounts we need to sell online, or that we’re testing out in the shop before we bring them to the website. So, there may be socks that you see online that you can’t get in the store, but there are lots of styles at the store that you can’t get online. It’s a pretty good trade-off.
A few of the things we have just at the storefront are a wide range of wee baby and kid socks and tights, gorgeous Swan Clothing Garters and a giant selection of SmartWool.
I love going to visit and seeing how our shop-folks have transformed the lovely pieces of antique furniture into vibrant rainbow sock displays.
The fun banner there is by another lovely vendor whose work we’re able to offer at the store (though these ribbon banners are all ours!). You can also get a peek of the coat hanger draped with socks for folks to test the stretch of.
More things special to the store and some panoramas of the inside after the jump!
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