Join us for Old Man Winter's Virtual Holiday Bazaar!There are two ways to attend this virtual market November 28-30!
🌲 Sign up for a free email ticket here, and enter to win a door prize!
🍄 Join the Facebook group and participate in the activities here!
Activities will include:
-Free coloring page printables & coloring contest
-Enter to win a door prize when you sign up for a free e-ticket
-Coupon codes and gifts from select vendors
-A "how to draw" video tutorial
-The Inky Octopus will release several new products during this event, including holiday stationery and ornaments!
Other Featured Vendors:
Binx Ceramic - Adorable clay critters
Ethereal Aromas Incense - Handmade incense blends and resin incense
Mermaid Waterlily - Original t-shirts & gifts
Rising Phoenix Perfumery - Original perfume blends
Stephanie Mai Designs - Black ink illustrations inspired by the Pacific Northwest
WaggonsWest - Handmade whimsical plush and merit badges
Would you like a reminder email when this event begins? Click here!
Duskie the Owl Picture Book Released at Virtual Halloween Market
St. Louis author and illustrator create online event to help small businesses this autumn
St. Louis, Missouri - Author Matthew Gindling and illustrator Melissa Rohr will release Duskie the Owl, a children’s storybook, on October 16, 2020. The book will be for sale during The Inky Octopus Virtual Halloween Market, an online shopping event featuring a variety of artists and makers.
Duskie the Owl features a screech owl who wants to find a new friend in his forest home. The Inky Octopus Virtual Halloween Market runs from October 16-18, 2020. More information about Duskie the Owl and The Inky Octopus Virtual Halloween Market can be found at www.TheInkyOctopus.com, and on the Facebook event page.
Matthew Gindling is a visual artist, musician and creator of artisanal incense blends. Matthew received a BFA with emphasis on graphic design from Webster University (MO). Melissa Rohr’s past book releases include The Sleep Catcher written by Za Goodbrake, Little Bird, Little Bird by Loni Hoots, and an Octopus Coloring Book. Melissa received a BFA in illustration from Columbia College Chicago (IL), and is the owner of The Inky Octopus online art shop.
Name of Press Contact: Melissa Rohr
New items coming to the shop on October 16th at 3pm CST! Join us at the Inky Octopus Virtual Halloween Market and see all of the new goodies.
Join us for the Inky Octopus Virtual Halloween Market! Shop spooky items from a variety of artists and makers online!
Attend the virtual market by doing one (or more) of the following throughout the weekend:
-Visiting the vendors' shops and social media pages
-RSVPing to the Facebook event page, and participating in the activities in the discussion area
-Browse the hashtag #InkyHalloweenMarket on Instagram and Facebook to see more art and products
-Color our free coloring page (to be announced), and share your creation for a chance to win
-Print our free Jack-o-Lantern templates (to be announced), and share your finished carved pumpkins
View more details on the Virtual Halloween Market page!
Today is Small Business Saturday, a day to shop local and shop small! Celebrate individual makers, small businesses, and unique art by including these businesses in your holiday shopping this season. There are lots of ways to support these unique businesses, such as visiting your local small businesses in your town, ordering from makers on Etsy, purchasing from an individual artist, or attending a local art show.
Here are some upcoming local art markets and events in St. Louis! Ink 'n Scents will be attending the events shown in green.
11/30 Shop Small Saturday at Restoration Alley (Ellisville, MO)
Your purchases make a huge difference to us, and we really appreciate your business! We will have sales specials and special treats to enjoy while you shop. Learn more about Restoration Alley.
12/1 The Beer Bazaar (St. Louis, MO)
We are back for another beer bazaar! Free event. All ages. Come and shop for friends, family, or yourself. Every vendor will have something to do with beer or alcohol in one way or another. Learn more on the Facebook event page.
12/6, 12/7, 12/13, 12/14 Wundermarket (St. Louis, MO)
Find us at Covo STL (401 Pine Street, St. Louis 63102) for a holiday themed market and plenty of gift ideas! Visit the Facebook event page for updates. Join Ink 'n Scents at these events on Saturday December 7th and Saturday December 14th from noon - 6pm.
12/7 Cherokee Print Bazaar (St. Louis, MO)
At the Print Bazaar, artists are located inside businesses and venues along Cherokee Street, transforming storefronts and sidewalks into artistic venues. Learn more about this event!
12/8 Holiday Market on the Plaza (St. Louis, MO)
Join us for the 3rd Annual Lafayette Square Holiday Market! Enjoy during the Holiday Parlor Tour. Learn more on the Facebook event page.
12/14 Laumeier Holiday Pop-Up Shop! (St. Louis, MO)
Looking for unique gifts this holiday season? Save the date for our one-day-only indoor Holiday Pop-Up Shop, featuring a variety of local artists and vendors. Stand out from the gift giving crowd! Visit the Facebook event page for details.
12/15 4 Hands Holiday Bazaar (St. Louis, MO)
Find us a 4 Hands Brewery (1220 S 8th St, St. Louis 63104) for a holiday themed market and plenty of gift ideas and brews! Visit the Facebook event page for updates. Join Ink 'n Scents from noon - 4pm at this event.
12/21 Urban Chestnut Winter Market (St. Louis, MO)
Usher in the holiday season with a “traditional” European/German Wintermarkt at the Midtown Brewery & Biergarten. Come eat, drink, and be merry! Visit the Facebook event page for details.
12/22 2nd Annual Cridermas Market at 2nd Shift Brewing (St. Louis, MO)
Are you a last minute holiday shopper or do you like giving locally handmade gifts? Either way, this market is for you! Visit the Facebook event page for more details.
I often get asked why I have multiple venues and shops for my artwork. I'd like to explain the differences between my shops, and the reasoning behind having my artwork and books available from these different places.
I originally began selling my work through Zazzle, a print-on-demand company. This website allows artists to upload their work, and have it for sale on a variety of products. Zazzle takes care of the printing, production, and shipping of the items, and in turn the artists receive royalties. When I was in college this was an easy way for me to begin selling my work, as I did not yet have the expertise to run a website, or the time to put into developing inventory in my apartment.
Later, I started my own website, The Inky Octopus, and added a shopping cart to sell my original work. When I decided to begin self-publishing books, I wanted to have them available on Amazon as well as my own shop. Amazon of course has a powerful search engine and lots of traffic, so this is a great way for new people to discover my books.
In 2012, Matt and I decided to open an Etsy shop. We knew many people enjoy shopping on Etsy, and wanted to offer some of our most popular products there. As many of you know, we also vend at local art fairs. These in-person fairs are a great way for people to see our many items in person.
Here's a little bit more about each venue:
The Inky Octopus Shop - offers my original artwork, prints, cards, books, and shirts. You can also request custom artwork and coloring pages through this shop.
Ink 'n Scents Etsy Shop - offers my books, cards, shirts, as well as Matt's handmade incense blends.
OctopusLove Zazzle Shop - offers my artwork on a variety of items such as cards, tote bags, shirts, stickers, and more. These items can be customized, and this is a great way to add your own text to my cards, as well as order larger quantities than may be available in my shop.
Amazon - find my coloring books and story books on Amazon.
Local Events - we also offer a selection of our items at local midwest art fairs. Find out where we'll be on our event page.
Other Shops - I also have select products available in other shops around the country, such as ShopColumbia in Chicago, Illinois, and Conspire in Greencastle, Indiana.
Thanks for joining us at The Big Glamp festival in Carondelet Park, St. Louis last weekend! We had a fun time enjoying the weather, bands, and other goodies. Keep an eye out for these new products in our shop, and our next big festival is Strange Folk in September!
Looking for some fun activities this February? You can find lots to do in St. Louis this month. Find some of The Inky Octopus' artwork, coloring books, and more in the following pop-up shops this month. Many events also have additional DIY activities along with shopping!
2/7 - 2/17 Tryst on Cherokee Pop Up (St. Louis, MO)
Shop local for your Valentine's Day gifts! Tryst on Cherokee is a 10-day, multi-boutique pop up shop on Cherokee Street, featuring artists and makers from Saint Louis and beyond. Join us Thursday, February 7, 5-8 pm for our Launch Party on the 2300 block of Cherokee! Find some of The Inky Octopus' items in the shops along Cherokee during this event.
2/9 Galentine's Day Pop Up (Ellisville, MO)
Grab your girlfriends and come do some early Galentine's Day shopping at Restoration Alley! Noon - 5pm. Find some of The Inky Octopus' items in the shop!
Snow Queen's Pop-Up Shops (St. Louis, MO) - Ongoing
Shop fresh spring merch by dozens of Strange Folk makers in this traveling pop-up boutique and hands-on experience at unique local businesses. Free admission. Kid-friendly. All-ages DIY projects a la carte. Ongoing dates through March. Visit the Facebook page for dates and details.
Small Business Saturday inspired me to write a post featuring some of my favorite local businesses! Although I do enjoy big box stores and our favorite online retailers as much as most folks, it is great to support local businesses, artists, and restaurants. Spending some of your money with these folks helps to support your local economy and improve your community! I encourage you to try shopping from some small businesses around you for the holiday season. If you're in the St. Louis, Missouri and surrounding area, here are some of my favorite places for holiday gifts!
Restoration Alley DIY Studio and Handmade Market located in Ellisville, features a variety of handmade items from local crafters. You can also sign up for classes in their studio, with projects for all ages.
LotusColour offers a variety of handmade and custom clothing for yoga, festival-wear, performance, and more. Check out their super soft fabric and unique designs!
Binx Ceramic is the best place for super sweet ceramic creations! Find Binx at a variety of local craft fairs, and stop by the open house on the 21st!
The Tiny Hedgehog offers a selection of handmade baby & toddler clothing, featuring adorable fabrics and trendy designs. Pick up something fun for the tot on your list!
Riley Construction offers modern handmade rag dolls and stuffed animals. Her plush mermaids are the cutest!
Bright Idea Toys located in Town & Country has a great selection of the newest, popular, and educational toys. They also have lots of fun events (they even hosted us, and our friend Mermaid Waterlily last month!), and they also offer gift-wrapping in store!
I Dream to Be written by local author Rebecca T. Clark encourages readers to use imagination by dreaming of different occupations.
The Sleep Catcher by local author Za Goodbrake is a captivating wordless tale about a young girl's dreamy quest to fall asleep.
Kind Soap Company in Webster Groves offers natural skin care, and other scented goodies! I just recently tried a few items from this shop, and love them!
Jewelry by Michele Mohr offers beautiful handcrafted enamel jewelry. What a decadent gift one of her pieces would make!
St. Louis and the surrounding area is really becoming a restaurant city! There are so many delicious choices, and I love that many are locally-owned. Here are a few places I frequent: Lulu's Local Eatery, Candici's, Tree House, Kakao Chocolate, and Sarah's Cake Shop.
If you're looking to find a variety of handmade items, check out one of the many holiday markets this month! Visit our event page for a current list of ones we're attending.
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