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    Our interview with the News & Observer - NC Makers Series

    Our interview with the News & Observer - NC Makers Series

    We were contacted recently by Betsy Greer of the News & Observer to be featured in the publications new North Carolina Makers series. Betsy had recently come across our wooden wick candle collection and wanted to learn more about what we do here at Porch Fly.

    We met with Betsy at BREW in downtown Raleigh to discuss our story, the humble beginnings of our brand, and how we ventured into candle making. She was polite enough to hear the "long version" and still stick around follow up questions. After our conversation, we offered her a Whiskey candle as a token of thanks, which she graciously refused due to the appearance of impropriety. 

    Later in the week, photographer and videographer, Juli Leonard met us at the studio to watch the magic happen. We put together a couple of cases of candles in front of Juli while getting to know one another and discussing our process.  After a quick photo shoot and video of production, we sat down for a video interview (at the top).

    It was so nice to share our story and craft with Betsy and Juli while getting to share our passion for all-natural soy wooden wick candles with a much larger audience. Check out the original article HERE.

     

    Thanks for stopping by the porch!

    -Joshua

    Porch Fly Spring Release Party!

    Porch Fly Spring Release Party!

     

    I know what you're thinking. "It's not spring yet, what are they doing?" Well, you're wrong. The weather is amazing, and it's time to officially put winter in a body bag. What better way to kick off the spring of 2017 than with a bunch of new tees, tanks, hats, candles, and more!

    We'll be hanging out from 2-5pm at Neuse River Brewing Co. with our entire collection! Don't worry, we'll have you home in time for the ACC Championship! Check the full schedule and event info below. 


    FOOD: Food trucks on-site throughout the event.
    Chirba Chirba (http://bit.ly/1URssC9)
    Cocoa Forte (http://bit.ly/2m06f9l)

    OTHER WARES: We're bringing some talented friends with us.
    EmoJugs (http://bit.ly/2m10iqU)
    The Noble Woodsman (http://bit.ly/2lEK31G)

    BEER SPECIALS: $4 Misfit Wits throughout the event!

    RAFFLES: Pieces from the new collection will be raffled off throughout the day, with all ticket proceeds going to benefit two amazing non-profits we support:

    The Nature Conservancy (http://bit.ly/2lyIKk6)
    The Scott-Free Scholarship Foundation (http://bit.ly/1LfpfZ5).

    FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - See you on the 11th!

    To learn more about Porch Fly Clothing, visit porchfly.com and follow us on Instagram @porchflyclothing

     

    - Josh

    Porch Fly Emblem

    Porch Fly Emblem

     

    When Bryant and I started Porch Fly in 2012, it was important that our logo represent the "Porch Life" ideology we wanted to convey. Our hope was to create a character that would immediately connect with our audience through a feeling of confidence, wisdom, and wit. We worked with the immensely talented George Hage, who helped bring our vision to life.

     

    Porch Fly Clothing Logo (Original)

    We loved the character we created with George, but that didn't mean there was an immediate inclination to blast it all over Porch Fly products. We honestly didn't expect people to want to wear a huge fly on their shirt. We figured it would serve as just a cool representation of our brand. But as the company grew, so did the positive feedback for the logo. We started with stickers and little business cards, and soon customers starting asking us to print up shirts. Fast forward to 2017 and the logo has ended up on every product line we've created.

    However, that same amazing detail that brought the character to life, killed it's ability to be presented in certain mediums. How could people see the detail of the fly if it was 1/2 an inch wide on a sleeve tag? How could we stitch that detail? Bryant and I had always talked about creating a secondary logo, sort-of a short hand version, so we decided to go finally make it a priority.

    We decided the three most important qualities were: Clean, Simple, Recognizable 

    Here's where we started. Don't laugh! Sometimes you just have to get the bad ideas out of the way...

     After some discussion with our friends and repeated sketches (including a bunch of terrible ideas), we finally had a quick stroke of "genius" that led us in the right direction. An hour or two later, after all the tweaks, additions, and deletions, we came up with something we're really proud of!

    Clean, simple, and recognizable. You can now find this stitched on hats and hoodies as well as printed on t-shirts. Click on the buy button below to pick up a tee or visit our lifestyle section to check our our stitched hat collection.

     

    Thanks for stopping by the porch!

    -Joshua

    RALEIGH HUSTLES HARD - WYATT CANTRELL ARTWORK

    RALEIGH HUSTLES HARD - WYATT CANTRELL ARTWORK

    The first time I met Wyatt Cantrell, I immediately knew there was something special about him. He was so self-confident and sure of his surroundings while being completely curious and enthusiastic about life. We met Wyatt in early spring of 2016 at Sola Pop-Up Market. He was set up a few booths down from us selling artwork accompanied by his mother Meredith and father Ian, so we figured it was their show and he was just along for the ride. We would soon come to find that these interesting multi layered paintings were all made by a six year old. We could hardly see him behind the booth but he came around smiling, full of energy and introduced us to his work. Over the next few months we got to know him and his family, and we decided to sit down with this young hustler and entrepreneur for our latest installment of Raleigh Hustles Hard.

    Wyatt, who turns seven on Friday, has been a hustler since birth. He grew up watching his mother run a small business, and has always idolized Raleigh artists and entrepreneurs, like Adam Peele. When he was four, he had his eyes set on a $300+ Ewok Village Lego Set, so his first thought was to start a business. He began with an idea to make refurbished toys and masks from salvaged items, which proved too labor-intensive. After spotting a Star Wars decal on the back of a car one day, he and his mom decided stenciling and painting might be the best way to bring his ideas to life. At 4 years old, Wyatt taught himself how to paint. After his mother Meredith creates and cuts stencils, Wyatt goes to work painting and layering the piece with an array of colors, textures, and patterns. When I asked how he learned his skills, his answer was refreshingly simple. "Well, this was the job I chose so I just started painting." An answer only a six year old with no concept of failure or doubt could provide. Wyatt started gaining traction at local markets and events, and 100 paintings later, the Ewok Village belonged to him.

    Wyatt estimates that he’s sold close to 1,000 paintings. At first glance, that number seems high for such a young kid, but if you catch him in action, you’ll become a believer. Wyatt is full of positivity, interest, and passion. His infectious attitude and energy radiate across the booth and is visible in each customer. It’s rare to see them leave empty handed. He operates with a blind confidence. He's clear in his goals, and for now that's hustling art to buy toys. His business is fully functional and self funded. He purchases all of his own equipment and supplies exclusively from Jerry's Artarama.  He loves that store.

    Wyatt’s process is intense. He batches a few paintings at a time, working on the porch because of the mess. He uses acrylic and then draws using a paint marker or oil pastel.  Then he repeatedly layers spray and splatter paints, then stencil.  He and his mom have spent the last two years experimenting with this system of layering, the basis being the stencil ideas Wyatt comes up with like “Storm Trooper Eating a Popsicle” or “Hedgehog Riding A Skate Board”. Wyatt hustles hard and you can find him working almost every weekend around the triangle. He’s commissioned pieces for countless individuals and locals businesses like Citizen Pops and Gringo A Go Go.

    It’s easy to forget that he’s currently an elementary school student. I jokingly asked if he was in the 4th grade, and he answered, "If I was in 4th grade I probably wouldn't be doing this because I'd have all the money.” He quickly checks himself and adds, "Well, no I probably still will do it when I'm in 4th grade." True wisdom and hustle. Wyatt loves to toy hunt at the Flea Market and especially at the Lego store. "I have 102 Lego sets at home." Meredith nods behind him with a smiling sigh. What’s even better than the Lego’s is that much like myself and most 80’s babies, he absolutely loves He-Man. I’m talking favorite movie, TV show, and toy. "I like He-Man so much I have a He-Man Skeletor,” he said leaning forward, eyes bulging. We talked about the Skeletor toy for the next four minutes straight. Much like Porch Fly's own Jay Blevins, you'll rarely find Wyatt anywhere without at least one toy. When I ask Wyatt what other essentials he keeps on him at all times, he said “I like to make sure I bring at least 4 quarters with me just in case I run into a quarter machine.” God, I miss being 6...

    Obviously, at such a young age no amount of talent and drive equals success without support. Wyatt’s parents, Meredith and Ian not only make it possible, but work hard to encourage and provide an environment for the entrepreneurial spirit to grow. While they are fully supportive of his endeavors, Meredith stresses that his path remains his own. “It's better to learn tough business lessons now when he's a little guy and has the largest safety net of all than to learn them when he's grown and the net is much smaller. It could be great, a disaster, or simply fade away, but he'll be the one that determines all of that.” I have a feeling Wyatt is just getting started.

    Learn more about Wyatt and where to find his art as well as a few of his favorite places to visit in the area:

    Wyatt is done with events for 2016, but you can keep up with his future shows and view his currently available pieces at his Facebook Page HERE

    To order artwork, email: wyattcantrellart@gmail.com

    Thanks for stopping by the porch!

    - Joshua

    How To Safely Burn and Maintain PF Candles

    How To Safely Burn and Maintain PF Candles

    You can relax, the hard part is over. You've already purchased and brought the candle home. First, find a cozy new spot for the candle. Bathroom? Living Room? Bedside? Fortunately, there is no wrong answer.

    Now that we've found the candles proper home, let's make sure you know how to properly burn and care for the candle to ensure the best (and longest) possible experience.

    Step 1:

    Light the wood wick evenly, spreading the flame across the top from side to side until properly and evenly lit.

    Step 2: 

    Burn for at least two hours to start. This helps the wick and wax get into rhythm.

    Step 3: 

    After each burn, clip the ash off the top of the wick to ensure a proper burn the next time.

    That's it! Check out more important tips and warnings below!

     

    TIPS & WARNINGS

    • Always burn on an even and heat resistant surface
    • Keep flame away from flammable objects
    • Keep candle out of extreme heat, cold, or light
    • Never leave a candle unattended for extended periods
    • Do not touch burning candle or pooled wax
    • Keep the wax pool free of trimmings, dirt, and debris
    • Keep out of reach of children and pets
    • Do not burn for longer than 4 hours at a time 

    Now that you're a candle expert, pick up your newest scent HERE. Thanks for stopping by the porch!