To celebrate Sunday Supply's time on Linden Street in Old Town Fort Collins, we interviewed owner Amanda Longacre for insight into the shop's three year journey. With her usual grace and generosity she continually highlights the people as the best part of Sunday. Stay tuned for our new shop location, and in the mean time see new arrivals online and come visit us at one of our pop-up shops!
Opening the doors of Sunday Supply was such a whirlwind! We hustled through a 5 week buildout that covered this place in more brick dust than you could ever imagine. After a lot of work and TLC, we filled the space with inventory and opened our doors to customers on October 7th. I can still remember the feeling of that first day. Kelli and I had poured so much time and love and energy into bringing this dream to life and had no idea what to expect. And it exceeded all of our expectations! I also remember how little the shop seemed back then. We filled it with as much inventory and fixtures as we thought were needed and looking back at the photos of our beginning stages is quite funny. The place was just as beautiful, just much "slimmer" than it grew to be. There were so many milestones and learning curves from those first days and weeks that I will hold onto forever and continue to look back and laugh at!
When I think of Linden Street, I think of it as a hidden gem of Old Town. It has been incredible to start and grow the business here, and the neighbors cannot be beat. The dream and heart of Sunday Supply has always been about so much more than retail, and we watched that dream become a reality in this sweet little space. We've hosted concerts and pop-ups for women who are now dear friends. We've held private shopping events and thrown parties and wedding showers, and I'll never forget how fun our first Christmas at the shop was! Not long after opening, I met my husband in this space and about a year later walked in to find my closest friends and family gathered at the store for a surprise engagement party.
Being a small business owner, I've found myself in a constant battle to find a healthy work-life balance. Running a business has required a different kind of work ethic and carried with it a weight of responsibility that can feel all consuming and endlessly demanding. I have had to make tough decisions regarding my time and ultimately learn when to stop. There is always more that can be done when you own a business and the reality of that requires insane boundaries that have to be fought for and protected. I feel like I've learned what "enough" looks like over these past three years and have defined my own success and productivity in such a new way.
Sunday Supply's success is entirely defined by the people within it. I had the huge privilege of launching this business alongside some of the most talented, wonderful, business-minded friends, and it is continually carried and sustained by the community around it. From its loyal customers, to my supportive family and friends this place has grown to be what it is today because of the people that have stepped into the vision and said "yes" to it. We set out to create a retail experience that was unique, intentional, and set apart here in Old Town, and the people that have filled this space and supported this business the past three years have been that mark of success.
By people and places! I feel deeply encouraged by the community of people that I live life with and feel genuinely inspired watching people that I love choose to live the day-to-day with grace and humility and tenacity. Life is so full when we feel free to take risks and so many of the risks that I've taken on my own have been inspired and encouraged by people around me that have set that example. Second to people, I love new environments. Whether it's walking into a new business here in town or visiting another city or country, there is so much inspiration to be gained by entering into a place that has been dreamt and designed and created from someone else's vision. It is always so refreshing and eye-opening to see the intentionality and creativity that comes from so many different perspectives.
Fort Collins is such a fun and unique city. It has a heartbeat of its own and the city and business owners genuinely work to identify and protect that. Old Town is fun and vibrant... enchanting even, and I would say that doing business down here has felt like all of those things. There is never a dull moment in Old Town and there is a genuine sense of community that truly makes doing business down here feel like you are a part of a greater whole.
There have been so many dreams that have come to life in Sunday Supply over the past 3 years, and I am so excited to see more of them become a reality. From designing our new space and expanding our inventory to hosting larger events and gathering the community, I am so excited to see the continued potential of Sunday Supply grow.
Fall has finally arrived and cool, crisp mornings are welcoming the change of seasons at a happy and steady pace. While we all love to watch the leaves turn and our sweaters are practically begging to come out of hibernation, we know that the much-loved autumn season is often marked by busy transitions and tightly packed schedules... the last thing we have time for is staring blankly at our closets wondering what to wear. To ease the burden, we're highlighting a fall Capsule Wardrobe that will free you from the stress and clutter behind your closet doors and allow you to focus your time and energy on what really matters. Bring on the simple layers, cozy sweaters, and well-worn denim. Below are our favorite picks for a fall wardrobe that will transition seamlessly into the cooler months to come.
1. Raw Linen Tee 2. Longsleeve Pocket Tee 3. Conway Thermal 4. Linn Top 5. Hunter Flannel 6. Hunter Button Down 7 . Slouchy Sweater 8. Asymmetrical Moto Jacket 9. Arden Cowl 10. Howel Jacket 11. Kinney Vest 12. Shawl Neck Cardigan 13. Simple Tank White 14. Simple Tank Olive 15. Oliver Oxfords 16. Mendez Flat 17. Verdugo Quinnley Destructed 18. Twiggy Slate 19. Imogene Slim
In honor of warm July nights, we absolutely encourage summer-time porch sittin’ with good friends and cocktails in hand… brought to you by The Mason Shaker. Inspired by the classic southern icon, we’re introducing the most resourceful bar accessory yet! After pouring one too many mint juleps from a poorly modified mason jar, the southern-born creative minds behind W&P Design combined their love for vintage kitchenware with their keen ability to fashion impromptu drinking tools to bring you this perfectly classic and functional shaker.
To put your Mason Shaker to good use, check out the Shake cocktail book. Shake offers a new perspective on cocktails with the notion that drink making should be fun, simple, and of course, social. Shake contains a combination of instructional recipes, a photo journey through cocktail crafting, and inspirational pep talks for other home bartenders. This book is sure to please the crafty cocktail creator, eager for new ideas to bring to the table.
To spark those friendly taste buds try our favorite, The Brooklyn Beach Chair.
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We had the opportunity to share our story about Sunday Supply Co. with The Heart Mag. "The Heart Mag is about creating a community that spans across the things that normally divide us, and brings us together instead."
Read about how we started our business, how our past experiences led us here, and the heartbeat behind everything we do. Click here!
1. A quick weekend getaway.
2. Getting dressed in the morning in five minutes.
3. Feeling lightweight and clean from your heart to your closet.
All of these desirable lifestyle habits arise in people who know and love minimalism. A woman’s closet can be more of an unpredictable entanglement of thrift store collections, dress clothes, lounge clothes, gear for every weather situation, and simply, a headache. What if, when you decide to leave for a weekend adventure in five minutes, you already know exactly which outfit to grab, and each morning doesn’t include trying on seven different outfits?
The answer is an exciting concept called the Capsule Wardrobe. It is a method of creating a minimal, creative, and seasonal wardrobe based on your favorite brands, color palette, lifestyle, and budget. Each season the wardrobe is renewed with new parable items, while keeping pieces that can transition well throughout seasons (i.e. denim, basic tees, etc). This idea is so solid that we have created a Capsule Wardrobe for the spring season!
Here are some pointers for getting your Spring Capsule Wardrobe started:
Below are our picks for a spring wardrobe that is easy, stylish, and a bit playful. Mix, layer, or keep it simple, and you'll find that you can create several outfits with only a few pieces. Add your favorite jewelry, and you're set!
1. Slub pocket tee
2.Tissue basic tank
3. Linen waterfall tank
4. V-neck enzyme pocket tee
5. Cross body dress
6. Bouncy knit tank
7. V-neck linen sleeveless tee
8. Pocket pullover
9. Asymmetrical drape skirt
10. Chambray button down
11. Linen cardigan
12. Anorak chambray jacket
15. Serena sandal
16. Imogene slim denim- dark indigo
17. Skyline ankle peg denim- light wash
18. Twiggy dancer distressed denim- black
Erin represents what the bravest creators dare to be; a go-getter. There are no rules when you are a go-getter. There are no tomorrows - there are only ‘let’s go’s”. She envisioned a symbol of hope and it exists today as Boutonné since 2012. Her first collection for the San Diego brand has evolved into a worldwide line of leather bags and accessories. Boutonné’s belief is that all goods should be handmade and American-made in house.
Erin says the heartbeat of the company is “to provide quality handmade goods to the loyal boutonné customer, to work hard + stay humble”.
1. How did the idea of Boutonne come about?
One big, fat leap of faith into the unknown.
2. What is your favorite piece you’ve designed? What does it represent to you or about you?
Oh gosh. That is soo hard. I’ve never put anything out there that I haven't loved or that hasn't been a representation of me in some way. Each piece has such a huge piece of my heart in it. I will tell you what I carry on a week to week basis ... the all leather tote + a new bucket tote that is coming in the spring. Get excited!! ;)
3. Which person has encouraged you most in your career?
Hands down, God.
4. How do you become inspired? How frequently do you find yourself in need of new inspiration?
I feel so so lucky to have inspiration come in many forms. It can come from a kind email from a customer, sharing stories with a customer in the shop, days off in the sunshine, but mostly, I think my main inspiration comes from these three: God, my family + the incredible, hard-working, talented women in my life. I feel incredibly blessed to have such a driven group of gals in my life who push me everyday to keep going + become better + better each day.
5. What life experiences bring about the most creative fuel in your life?
To be completely transparent: my failures, my lows, my ugly. I use all of those things as fuel to try harder + create something beautiful. If you are open to it, your mistakes can teach you so much about life. You just have to move past the phase of being paralyzed by guilt, realize you are not perfect, use those things + move on. I call this “putting my big girl pants on + dealing with life”.
6. What is the one thing you want people to know of you or about you, personally or professionally?
Oh goodness. This is a hard thing to narrow down, but when I think about the most important thing to me + in my life, I guess that makes it easy. People! Loving people. Helping people. I think it is such a beautiful thing when you connect with another human + are able to do life with them; real life. Help them. I live for real relationships, long talks, realizations, learning ... how to be a better human + how to love greater. I love connecting with people on deep levels + having powerful deep talks about life + love. You know, the kind where you end up crying + hugging at the end. There is soo much life there. It is my hope that I can build my brand + integrate giving into my business. When I grow up I want to be a philanthropist.
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Think primitive times; when every piece of nature taken from its place was utilized, when fresh air breezed through the earth on eagle’s wings, when feet were dirty and hearts wild at the end of the day. This is the beauty of multi-purposed materials in our homes. When the things we use promote more than just taking up space, but also benefit our well-being, the makings of a home become a lifestyle. A lifestyle commonly spoken within homesteads is health. In the gatherings of a family, with each individual specifically known and loved, health is always a concern. An essential piece of nourishing the family is using products that not only look great, but are authentically beneficial for well-being. The efficiency of copper, a household item, is doubled when put into our bodies through water!
How does this work? Filling the tumbler with water for 8 hours allows the water to carry the properties of copper required in almost all processes taking place in our bodies. Drinking water twice or thrice a day from a copper vessel will bring your body more than enough of its benefits. This brief list will walk you through how essential this mineral is to the functioning of the body.
Known to help prevent common water-borne diseases like diarrhea, dysentery and jaundice, copper has been touted as the cheapest solution to cleaning water in countries without good sanitation systems.
Helps in the synthesis of essential formations in cerebral structure, making the brain faster and more efficient. Copper is also known to prevent seizures because of its anticonvulsive properties.
Regulates thyroid gland
One of the most important trace minerals the thyroid gland needs to function optimally, a lack of copper puts the thyroid out of sync. Water from a copper vessel makes up for this deficiency and regulates the functioning of the thyroid gland.
Copper has very potent anti-inflammatory properties, and is especially great for relieving aches and pains caused due to inflamed joints – like arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Improves skin complexion
Copper is the main component in the production of both melanin (a pigment that mitigates the color of your eyes, hair and skin) and of new cells that help replenish the top layers of skin. Melanin protects from sun damage and heals wounds speedily. Steady skin cell production creates smooth, blemish-free skin. Packed with very strong antioxidant forming properties, copper fights off free radicals – one of the main reasons of fine lines on the face – slowing the aging of skin.
Helps aid digestion
Kills harmful bacteria and reduces inflammation within the stomach– making it a great remedy for ulcers, indigestion, and infections. Copper also helps cleanse and detox your stomach, regulates the working of your liver and kidneys, aids in the proper elimination of waste, and ensures the absorption of nutrients from food.
Keeps body in shape
Helps your body break down fat and eliminate it more efficiently.
Effective healing agent
Known for its immense anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, it’s no wonder copper is a great way to heal wounds quickly.
Heart health booster
Heart disease one of the most common ailments that people suffer from, and copper helps minimize the risk of developing the disease. According to the American Cancer Society, copper helps regulate blood pressure, heart rate and lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Has very strong antioxidant properties that helps fight off free radicals and negate their ill effects – one of the main reasons for the development of cancer.
Shop our copper tumblers online or in store.Source
When crazes about $200 jeans circulate through both men’s and women’s styles, it strikes with a force of interest. How could these jeans be this amazing? Trust us, they are. Perhaps this post can shed some light on the phenomenon that is raw denim.
WHAT IS IT?
Raw denim is denim in its purest form that has never been washed or treated with chemicals. It is sturdily constructed with a rigid feel and crisp look. Basically, it is the only way to attain the most perfectly vintage-looking jeans, worn in and flatteringly faded. Creases form and fades arise in a way that reflects only the person who wears them! They are a completely authentic reflection of your unique life lived in those jeans. Other vintage denim has been distressed in a factory, but with raw denim, just like a layered oil painting, your life experiences create the canvas you wear.
WHY IS IT SO GREAT?
Unlike many goods in our world, raw denim supports both the protection of our environment and ethical labor. Normal jeans have been washed so they are preshrunk and softer, yet the washing process is the most detrimental to the environment. Additionally, the “distressing” process of jeans is very harmful to the health of factory workers. The simple and low-maintenance creation of raw denim is much more friendly to those who make it. These jeans are made with such value that the amount you pay is worth over 1,000 wears!
HOW TO MAKE THEM YOUR CANVAS
When choosing the pair that will bear all your adventures, nights of laughter, and productive hours, here are some pointers. If you have short legs, mid-rise will be more flattering than low-rise. The higher the waist, the longer your legs will look. Check the back pockets as well; wider-set pockets make the booty look good ;).
Adding to the authenticity factor, raw denim is not supposed to be washed initially. If they are worn every day, they should be washed 6 months later. If you alternate jeans, they should be washed a year later. They will be uncomfortable for the first week, but take courage! After you put some mileage on them, they will be the most comfortable jeans you’ve ever worn, for decades to come.
When it comes time for the metamorphosis, wash the jeans alone in a washing machine on the gentlest and shortest cycle at a low temperature (ideally, using a small amount of Woolite Dark) and hang dry. Hand washing is also recommended over a washing machine. The first wash will change the color of the denim because the dye is finally being washed out. Your raw denim jeans have now been painted over with a fresh layer of life. What will the next layer hold?
When creators answer to the authentic callings of their roots, the voice that comes with their craft is an outpouring of stories. We can hear these stories in the eclectic patterns that skip across the fabric, in the details and the textures our fingertips run across. Leah tells her stories of life in the southwest and her Cherokee roots through “a recognizable voice that speaks simplicity and beauty with quirky and organic themes," she says. Her signature line combines locally sourced textiles, stationery, and home goods, all drawn and handmade in-studio.
To us, Leah represents the beauty of an artist creating by organic truth and inspiring genuine expression in others.
Photo credit: Aimee Wenske
1. How did you get started doing what you do?
I got my start on Etsy in 2008 by posting a few of my drawings. Things quickly grew from there and I expanded my product line to include textiles and stationery featuring my patterns and illustrations. I never went to art school, but was always creative growing up, so I think this is the path I was always meant to be on, even if I took a few wrong turns along the way.
2. What does your work environment look like?
We moved back to Austin from Brooklyn last year, so I’m currently back in my home studio which is so convenient. We live in a craftsman-style home and carved out the downstairs office and garage space to use as my workspace. I think my space is a direct reflection of my influences - nature, the southwest, color, texture, and pattern.
3. What is your favorite piece you’ve designed? What does it represent to you or about you?
This is very, very hard because they are all a small piece of me, but of my art prints I think “I’ll be your swan” will always be a favorite. Of my patterns, the mountains pattern has always been a favorite and I still love both of these pieces, although they were created very long ago. They both reflect my love of nature and my soft, airy, quirky aesthetic.
Photo credit: Braunwyn Glaser
4. Who has encouraged you most in your career?
I think I’ve always been driven to prove myself to myself in a way. I made a promise to make this happen as a career, so that promise has been my biggest encouragement. I have a strong love for Vera Neumann, Ray Eames, and Lucienne Day, who paved the way for the rest of us to make a living by doing what we love. Also, my husband has always been enormously awesome and has supported me through all of my hopes and fears.
5. How do you become inspired? How frequently do you find yourself in need of new inspiration?
Sometimes I’m unsure of where that spark comes from, other times it’s in the grocery store staring at a piece of fruit with an interesting pattern or taking a walk and stumbling across an interesting piece of nature. I’m constantly in need of new inspiration, so am constantly absorbing and wringing things back out in my work.
6. What life experiences bring about the most creative fuel in your life?
The ones that make a good story.
7. What is the one thing you want people to know of you or about you, personally or professionally?
That I’m kind.
Shop Leah Duncan online or in store.
In the previous entry, we featured the five love languages according to Gary Chapman. However, the universal love language we can all agree on is cookies. They are the warmth of sweetness in the air when we walk through the door; the oven gently closing and the sliding of the pan across the counter; the flour spread like powdery snow across the granite surface; and that everlasting, melted-chocolate-goodness in your mouth that we long for on weekend afternoons. The cold (or not-so-cold around here) February days may leave you in a time of need for some cookie love. This recipe pairs the smoked chocolate chips by Hot Cakes sold in our shop with the perfect cookie creation for your fix. Wrap them up pretty with a hand written Valentine's card to your loved ones, and you're set.
Smoked Chocolate Chip Cookies (recipe modified from Toll House)
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter flavored Crisco (or butter works good too)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 jar Smoked Chocolate Chips (or less if you want a less smokey taste)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Mix Crisco/butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in Smoked Chocolate Chips. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheet.
Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden. *I like to take them out at 9 minutes so they are a little softy and gooey. Remove to wire cooling racks.