The First 48

So we've been open for 48 days. 48 lovely days. In the first 48 we've  met some pretty kick ass people. We've moved stuff around ALOT. We scored a free mini fridge for the shop on the side of the road which is typically stocked with beer, LaCroix and cheese.  Most importantly we've sold. We've sold vintage dresses, Uka soy candles, mid century barrel chairs, jewelry and more. That's the point right? To sell. We're doin it you guys. Thanks for the support. You mean the world to us.

xoxo Ang + T

Our second shop

WOW you guys! We did it! We opened our second shop!

The story goes like this....

We closed our shop in Denver a few years ago. It was a very hard decision but one of us moved to Michigan so it had to happen (Sorry Ang!).

 And now we've got a problem... or so we thought.

2 sisters. One business. 1000 miles apart.

So, we continued to work together but this time through email, phone calls, texts. We both did markets just separately, in different states. We hopped flights when we could get cheap tickets so that one could join the other for markets, photo shoots and that one rare interview about women entrepreneurs and slow fashion. After 6 months of being closed we finally decided it was time to go online with our wares and ukamarket.com was born.

We did this for a little over 2 years and something fell into our laps. The cutest little shop space in an old honey factory in one of the most adorable little towns.... Milford, Michigan. It was one of those things that just happens, you can't overthink it you just go with your gut. If you know us, you know that most of our decisions are from the gut. Works for us, maybe not always... but mostly.

We have been open for a total of 1 day so far. 1 very wonderful opening day. We had the warmest welcome we could've asked for. We are grateful. 

We love this place. The energy is incredible. The vibes are amazing. It smells of essential oils from our hand poured candles and the little diffuser we've got running.  The floors? They're wood. So you know that old house creaky wood floor sound? Yep, we've got that. We love it here. 

So here I am, one half of Uka, in the new shop. Blogging about our new adventure and wishing my sister was here to proofread, edit, and completely rework most of this babble. 

 I will see you in a month my love, maybe then you can get to editing.

Cheers to a new adventure and we hope you come visit us either in Milford, Michigan or at one of our many markets in Colorado this spring/summer. 

Love + hugs,

Tina 

 

We are located at

335 S Houghton St 

Milford, Michigan 48381

We are upstairs from Home Sweet Tree!

 

 

Create Your Own Tide

 

Let’s face it. Navigating through the changing tides of fashion and design can be taxing. Some  spend hours upon hours trolling various outlets (magazines, big box stores, etc.) looking for the next "it" thing, the next and latest trend. Here at Uka we simply prefer not to. Don't get us wrong, inspiration comes from everywhere but we consider ourselves non-trenders

Growing up, our parents always supported and encouraged our burgeoning independent souls and we love the shit out of them for that. That being said, there is no turning off the autonomous brain. This would explain why we have such an internal struggle when stepping foot into any big box store. If someone else has already thought of it (not to mention mass-produced it), then the exhilaration of the creative process is halted. For example, by the time something hits any big box store's floor (not naming names), it’s not really new because it’s already been featured somewhere else and most likely by a true artisan who put blood, sweat, and tears into it (we could write a book about this). And can we agree, there’s nothing chic or appealing about showing up somewhere in the same dress that your co-worker, cousin, neighbor, or best friend has on. Lucky for us, if we run into one of these stores (to get that last minute forgotten item) and our eyes happen to wander towards other sections, a little voice inside our heads commences. It steers us straight into thoughts about conventionalism and sustainability which helps us to grab that gallon of milk and scurry toward the nearest checkout.

So, how do we benchmark the items sourced for ourselves or our business? We have some simple non-negotiables… It has to be ethically produced and sustainably made (second-hand is tops!). It has to be quality. We desperately want it to be one-of-a-kind or as close as we can get to it, and of course we love anything with a history. Oh and we can’t forget that if it makes you feel confident, creative, and powerful when worn or displayed, it was undoubtedly worth the labor it took to hunt it down.

We are proud to say that Uka Market is a business that does not simply navigate predictable patterns. We put trust in ourselves as sisters, business partners, and artisans. Most importantly, when it comes to the tides of fashion and design, we don't let anyone else be our sun and moon.  

~XOXO The Swanson Sisters

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