Taking Applications

block party

Have you heard? Atlanta is getting a streetcar connecting the downtown tourist district to the MLKing Jr Historic District.
And did you hear? Central Atlanta Progress has organized a group of pop-up shops along the route.
And BIG NEWS!!!! We are going to have a shop!
More details on that a little later but for now join us on March 29th for a Pop-Up Sneak Peek Block Party held in partnership with Creative Loafing.

Pop-Up Sneak Peek Block Party
Saturday, March 29, 2014
1-4 pm
On Edgewood Ave near Jesse Hill Jr Dr
Across from the Sweet Auburn Curb Market
Music, food trucks, beer and a craft & vintage market!

We are accepting applications for craft and vintage vendors on a rolling basis.
We have a limited number of booths available and once we have enough approved vendors we will shut down this application.
Before it’s too late!
Booths are 10×10.
Booths cost $55.



The Village Hot Dog Bun Hunt


It’s a running joke at this point. We walk somewhere in our neighborhood and I proclaim with a grand sweeping arm motion, “can you believe we can walk to all of this?” When my husband and I began house hunting almost five years ago, I tried to mentally prepare myself for a new lifestyle of being stuck down in a neighborhood unable to walk to anything. It was going to be a major departure for me. After six years in Poncey-Highland and eight in Downtown Decatur, I wasn’t looking forward to living somewhere with no walkable destination. Even as a kid living in a more suburban neighborhood, I could walk to a hot dog joint, Waffle House and a MARTA station. It was a long walk, but totally manageable.

When we landed in East Atlanta Village I was so happy that we ended up in a walkable neighborhood. Many, many, many bars. Restaurants, an independently owned book store (!), a neighborhood coffee shop, a post office, the bank, a library (full disclosure: I’ve never stepped foot in this library, but I knew someday we’d have a child and a library in walking distance would be AMAZING), a park with a playground (also not useful yet but will be once the tyke is older), a furniture store, a nail salon and an ice cream parlor.  One of the most amazing destinations is the East Atlanta Farmers Market, open Thursday evenings April-December. We are truly lucky to be able to buy veggies directly from farmers and other various local food treats just a few blocks from our house.

Can you believe we can walk to all of this?

Alas, there isn’t a grocery store or a mini-grocery store or a bakery. There are two big box grocery stores less than two miles away so we aren’t exactly hurting, but I’m accustomed to living less than half a mile from one and being able to walk. Last night we decided to have some kosher beef franks for dinner. This is a rare occurrence so we wanted to do it right, but we didn’t have any buns. So we put the baby in his wrap and ventured out on foot into the village first stopping at Urban Cannibals Bodega + Bites. We discovered that they are closed for a few weeks due to health issues, but wouldn’t have been open anyways because their regular hours are 11-5 pm. Next we tried a little convenience store on Glenwood Ave, where five or six people were hanging out doing scratch offs. The owner was friendly and we discovered that this place stocks milk and eggs and a few other essentials, which is good to know for future reference. But no hot dog buns and only white bread. We walked to Buddy’s at the corner of Moreland Ave and McPherson next, which also only had loaves of white bread.

My final idea was donuts. Doesn’t a glazed donut sliced in half and a little bit toasted sound so good with a hot dog? It didn’t agree with Davis’ sensibilities (or maybe it sounded too good and he didn’t want to give in to its unhealthiness?), but he is willing to humor me so we crossed the street to Happy Donuts. The donuts at Happy Donuts are not super fancy or amazing, but they are good. The people who work there are very nice and they are open 24-hours a day (late night post-bar snack!). As our eyes darted across all the shelves for the best faux-hot-dog-bun candidate, we simultaneously spotted the winner: CROISSANTS! Perfect. We got two croissants and two donuts.

Walking home we ate our donuts, lemon-filled for me and double chocolate for him. Birds were chirping, the sun was setting, the air was cool, and it would soon be dinner time. I couldn’t believe our success.

Bittersweet Weekend

at dash

This weekend was bittersweet.

On Saturday, Shannon, Baby Emmett and I worked on organizing our new headquarters. Formerly the home of our 2013 holiday pop-up shop, the space was still in a bit of disarray. January was a super busy month and of course, snowmageddon here in Atlanta really messed up all productivity for the better part of a week. So we hadn’t really had a chance to get organized until now. It felt good to get rid of stuff and to move things around a bit.

Saturday night we took Emmett to his first art opening (pictured), Dashboard Co-op’s COSMS. If you missed the opening, please go during their gallery hours, more info here. Emmett was very happy to support one of his favorite ladies, Beth Malone, Dash’s executive director. This was my first art opening since he was born…hooray for one of my favorite activities!

On Sunday, I got the very sad news that my Uncle Henry had passed away from a very unexpected heart attack. He was young, only 55, so this news was really shocking to say the least.  He was a fan of the Indie Craft Experience and definitely where I get my entrepreneurial spirit from. He owned many businesses, including a health food store where I got to clock some hours as a kid wielding the price tag gun. Uncle Henry was a third, sharing his name with his father and grandfather and went on to name his son the fourth of what I consider to be a great name: Henry Emmett. When hunting for boy names, I knew I couldn’t really use Henry because there were too many people already using it in my family, but I thought Emmett was too good to pass up!

Uncle Henry was great to talk to, was very spirited and blessed us with amazing mac n cheese on Thanksgiving. In his honor, here is the Bobby Flay mac n’ cheese recipe he used.


Dashboard Co-op Exhibit Opens This Saturday


Our friends at Dashboard Co-op are hosting their big awesome annual event on Saturday night.
FEB 8, 7 to 11pm
$8 in advance, $10 at the door


DASH produces art exhibits in vacant properties. The results? Launched art careers and thriving businesses. Since 2010, they have brought major exposure to 51 artists and of the twelve exhibitions they’ve hosted in vacant properties, eleven now house thriving businesses. Yay!

Check out their super cool infographic below and then go buy your ticket for Saturday.


PS- Full disclosure: we share our new studio space with a few super awesome people who we’d like to tell you about. Beth, executive director of DASH, is one of those super awesome people! 20140204-104030.jpg

Snow in Atlanta

It snowed here in Atlanta yesterday. And the city shut down in to a terrible gridlock turning commutes that normally take 30-45 minutes into 10-hour long treks. Yes, you read that correctly: 10 HOURS. A lot of people became stranded and are still not home this morning. I’m feeling very lucky and thankful and sad for my fellow ATLiens who have had a rough time of it.

This article by local writer Jessica Blankenship sums it up well (make sure you click on “One guy” for further summing up). Please be safe and help others when possible.

20140129-073125.jpgView from my commute home yesterday on MARTA, which only took about 10 minutes longer than normal due to cautious walking. I won’t soapbox it while people are suffering, but I will say I wish our city had more transit.

A Walk Downtown

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day from Atlanta!
We took a walk downtown last week to see the route of the Atlanta Streetcar. The project will be complete this spring and will connect downtown to the MLKing Historic District. It’s going to be a really cool addition to Atlanta. Here are a few snapshots we took along the way, including a photo of the Hero mural of Congressman John Lewis painted by our friends at The Loss Prevention.








2014 Dates

Yay yay yay!
We are so excited to announce our dates for 2014. Mark your calendar. Save the date. You don’t want to miss any fun this year! Below are dates for our events, vendor applications and application notifications.

SALVAGE – April 12
Application: February 1 – March 1
Notification: March 8

SUMMER ICE – June 28-29
Application: April 19 – May 17
Notification: April 24

SALVAGE – September 13
Application: July 5 – August 2
Notification: August 9

Application: September 13 – October 11
Notification: October 18

Happy New Year and Wedding Day Hooray

Happy New Year Lovelies!
How did the first couple days of 2014 go for you? I love the beginning of a new year. Give me a blank calendar and I’ll fill it up with plans and projects! January is always full of meetings with people we want to work with and trying out new ideas. During the insanity of the holiday season I always envision January like a big white field of snow but it always ends up being just as busy!

2014 is full of promise here at ICE HQ. We have a lot of plans in the works that we are really excited about. There are going to be some big changes as well as some fine tuning and improving to what we did in 2013.

The biggest change during this first portion of the year is that we are retiring Wedding Day Hooray. In previous years it has taken place in February so we would already be taking applications and scurrying around getting ready. Wedding Day Hooray was a gorgeous, inspiring show and we are so happy to have produced it for three years (2011-2013). Our vendors were super awesome, and our deepest regret regarding this retirement is that we won’t get to work with them further. As we worked to fine tune our purpose over the past year, we realized that weddings are not where we should focus our attention. We still love handcrafted weddings though so don’t be surprised if you see wedding ideas pop up here on the blog from time to time! This was a difficult decision for us. We will definitely miss seeing the excited brides perusing the rows of wedding ideas presented so artistically by our vendors.

We will announce other 2014 plans here in the coming weeks as details are finalized. This blog is big on our list of New Years resolutions so we’ll see you back here shortly. What are your resolutions/goals/intentions for 2014?