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Our interview with the News & Observer - NC Makers Series April 13 2017

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! March 03 2017

 

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 January 11 2017

 

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 December 13 2016 1 Comment

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 November 21 2016

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!

 

 


New embroidered Logo Hats are here! November 10 2016

We're so excited and proud to introduce our first collection of PF hats! This has been a long time coming, but with the release of our new logo and winter right around the corner, we couldn't wait any longer. Each hat is embroidered with our 2" logo and covered in the interior for maximum comfort and fit. 

It's impossible to find the perfect hat for everyone, so we're offering four classic styles with many more to come! 

The Classic 6-Panel Snapback: Made from acrylic wool, this black on black structured snapback comes with an adjustable strap and green bottom bill. Classic, timeless style. 

Floral Brim 6-Panel Snapback: Made from acrylic wool, this black structured snapback comes with an adjustable strap and beautiful floral bill and button. A perfect amount of pop for a casual lid. This hat will deliver you comfortably into spring.

Classic Dad Hat: Made from 100% distressed cotton twill, this vintage light navy unstructured cap comes with a brass buckle adjustable strap. Perfect for anyone, especially dad.

Winter Beanie: We would be remiss to release a collection of hats in late fall without protecting our ears! Made from butter soft acrylic wool, this 11 inch grey beanie is the perfect length. Long enough to protect your ears, and short enough to not require rolling. Stay warm and stylish.

Pick up your new favorite hat here!


Whiskey's For Closers November 10 2016

If you've ever worked in sales, you're very familiar with the phrase "Coffee's for closers!". Coined by Alec Baldwin in the iconic movie, Glengarry Glen Ross, that phrase has become a living mantra for anyone fighting to close the deal. Enjoy.

In a perfect world, coffee may be enough of a reward for a job well done, but let's face it, we don't live in a perfect world. Thankfully, there's whiskey. The ultimate symbol of celebration, achievement, and mastery. When was the last time you celebrated a massive achievement by toasting lattes? Yeah, we don't remember either. That's why we've updated this phrase for modern times. Now, put that coffee down and pick that whiskey up. You're a closer, and you deserve it.

These unisex crew tees are made from a lightweight poly-cotton blend and made to last as long as your career. Pick one up here and remember your ABC's - Always be Closing!


Old North State Adventure Club September 29 2016

The Old North State Adventure Club, now accepting applications! 

Anyone who has spent some time outdoors in North Carolina knows that there are so many amazing places in this state for a good adventure. Anywhere from the mountains to the sea, grab some friends, get out and explore. The Old North State Adventure Club design was something we wanted to create to bring together those who never shy away from a little exploration! 

Being outdoors has proven beneficial time and time again. This is extremely true for children more so than others. Many articles like this one highlight the benefits of getting outside both for kids and adults. That's one reason why we decided to partner with The Scott-Free Scholarship Foundation for this design. A portion of the sale of each Old North State tee goes to this incredible organization that partners at-risk children with a summer camp to encourage kids to try new things, get outside, and have an adventure.

These tees are made from a lightweight polycotton blend and made to stay comfortable through all your adventures! Get yours now in Men's and Women's Tees!

"One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure." - William Feather


Easy Rider Squirrel September 24 2016

This bike, this squirrel, and that helmet are all about Freedom.

A while back, we heard a new store was opening in downtown Raleigh. Devolve Moto. A store with some of the most badass stuff to be found. The idea behind this store gave us a lot of inspiration to make a design for all the bikers out there. The real heroes tearing up the open road. After long hours and much bourbon, we knew what we had to do.

And this is where another one of our favorite movies comes in...

Easy Rider is a classic movie. Hands down. So we thought, "why not create a design loosely based around this movie." In reality, we just loved the idea of a squirrel on a motorcycle. This way we could pay homage to a great movie as well as Raleigh's unofficial mascot, the squirrel. And that’s how the idea for The Easy Rider Squirrel was born.

Made from the pure feeling of freedom felt on the open road (or maybe an ultra soft polycotton blend), this design is available in Men’s Tees, Women’s Tanks, Kid's Tees, and Onesies!

Get yours today!


Raleigh Moon September 21 2016

Football season is here!! Assemble your pack and get ready for game day! 

The Raleigh Moon design is very much an evolution of all things that all came together to create this awesome design. Initially, we were playing around with the idea for a halftone design, something we hadn’t done previously.

The idea started as a lunar phases design but after some thought and first drafts of the design we found that we weren’t as crazy about this idea as originally planned. In the past, we had also tossed around the idea of doing a design for NC State. Living in Raleigh and seeing the impact that college football has on people, we wanted to create something for gameday.

That was when the idea for Raleigh Moon came along. We merged together the concepts from the previous designs and came up with what you see today, a Raleigh themed shirt, with a nod to the Wolfpack!

Currently, we offer the Raleigh Moon design in Men’s Tees, Women’s Tees, Onesies, and Kids Tees.

Shop the entire collection here!


Mountains to Sea Collection September 07 2016

North Carolina. Our home state. A state that consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. A place that houses some of the most scenic destinations in the nation. From the mountains to the sea, there is always something to be explored in North Carolina. 

 

We enjoy living, working, and exploring North Carolina so much so that we set up shop here with the intention of creating a clothing and lifestyle brand that would highlight all the best parts of our state. From The Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean and everything in between, you can always find something amazing!

 

Made from the softest polycotton blend around, you can get your Mountains to Sea tees in sizes XS-XXL in both Men's and Women's tees!


RALEIGH HUSTLES HARD - THE PHARMACY CAFE August 23 2016

 

I first met Daniel in the fall of 2015 while walking through my neighborhood, on Person Street. He wasn’t yet a familiar face (at least to me) on the block, but something told me that the guy carrying loads of fresh produce into the newly opened The Pharmacy Café (TPC) was going to be a great addition to the neighborhood. Founded in 1910, Person Street Pharmacy & Café has been a landmark in Raleigh for as long as anyone living can remember. Known for its staples like the 10-cent popcorn machine and full service soda fountain, this was more than a pharmacy, it was a place of congregation. Since the beginning, the pharmacy consistently provided a sense of community for its family of customers. But like anything, change is inevitable. People move on, the neighborhood landscape shifts, and a new generation comes in to carry the torch. Daniel Whittaker, owner of TPC is now holding the torch with a strict understanding of the past and a bright vision for the future. We sat down with him for our latest installment of Raleigh Hustles Hard, to find out more about how The Pharmacy Café became home.

Daniel took over TPC in November of 2015. As a self-proclaimed “Navy brat”, he spent most of his childhood moving around without a real sense of community. He moved to North Carolina in the early 2000’s working for a while as a franchise developer for Rum Runners as well as at a series of restaurant jobs. As random as Daniel makes these jobs seem, I quickly understood their value in leading up to the present. As well as the owner of TPC, Daniel sits at the helm of Green Planet Catering, an award winning, sustainably run catering company he founded in 2007.

The Pharmacy Café reopened in June of 2015, under pharmacist and new owner, Trey Waters. Partnering with Chef Chad McIntyre from Market Restaurant, the new café promised to fill a much-needed void in the neighborhood, breakfast and lunch fare. Unfortunately, an unclear vision and lack of execution caused almost immediate problems for the café. Trey approached his friend Daniel to quickly come in and right the ship.

After a venture designing the Market Restaurant (now Standard Foods) didn’t materialize, Daniel was left waiting for his opening. TPC was just the opportunity. “The community wasn’t perceiving a problem yet, but they weren’t enticed or super stoked to come over. We wanted to change that with a little bit of marketing and a great menu.” Daniel’s first move was bringing in Patrick Cowden, who he first met working at Michael Jordan’s restaurant in Chapel Hill nearly fourteen years ago. “I flew in chefs from all over the country, but always knew the right choice was just a few miles away. Everyone who worked in the kitchen under Patrick went on to be a head chef, private chef, or head of hospitality. He is an educator as much as an amazing chef. The fact that he holds an accounting degree doesn’t hurt either.” At the same time, Daniel was also looking for a full-time executive chef for Green Planet Catering, so the timing and opportunity proved serendipitous.

After a complete overhaul to the menu and a re-imagining of the space, the café was quickly off and running. Daniel brought in a community table, new signage, and tabletop toys for the family. “We paid attention to our customers on what they would like to see, what was missing, and what we could do better.” With healthy and substantial breakfast offerings like “Pedro”, the Café Burrito and an assortment of fresh breads, jellies, and jams (made in house!), TPC became a neighborhood staple virtually overnight. Undeniably, the key to the café is the lunch specials. Every single day, that small chalkboard next to the register is displaying some uniquely and newly crafted creation. In over a year, I’ve literally never been disappointed!

As a small business owner, Daniel views himself as much a facilitator as anything else. “I’m passionate about providing jobs for excellent people. People who are better than me.” Daniel, who is constantly looking for his next project, is a firm believer in “manager-managed” companies. “I always have the intention of putting stronger people than me in leadership positions so I can step back. That doesn’t always work out, but we have very little turnover.” Instead of employing an ever-shifting number of part-time restaurant workers, Daniel empowers his small staff by providing full time dedicated positions as well as the opportunity for additional hours at Green Planet Catering. With much of the staff splitting time, and the repurposing of excess ingredients, both GPC and TPC are able to run with very minimal waste and overhead.

For Daniel, it all comes back to sustainability. “Everything is composted or recycled. No plastics except for food wrap. We are completely committed to waste reducing programs.” In 2007, he started farming with NC State Agriculture education farm, producing primarily for GPC. “For nearly 7-years, we had a private partnership with the NCSU agriculture school. We had a 6-acre spot near Yates Mill Pond where I spent 40 hours a week farming for GPC. At the same time, we developed a partnership with Pete Pagano of Tir Na Nog, running GPC from their kitchens.” Daniel and his team even began using the fryer oil from Tir Na Nog to make bio-fuel for GPC trucks. Between sustainably growing and harvesting their own produce and converting spent oils in bio-fuel, GPC began to win awards for sustainability. Today, the 65-person staff works out of a large production facility in Cary, providing everyday drop offs, boxed lunches, and hot buffets for corporate clients.

Currently, Daniel isn’t doing much farming, except for at home, where he grows and supplies most of the fresh herbs for GPC and TPC. I learned pretty quickly that a few things are very important to him. Community empowerment, sustainability, adventure, and reflection seem to guide his path. “I need a place to ponder. I make better decisions on a surfboard on the water than I do behind the counter.” He’s known to peel off for Wrightsville at a moments notice to surf but you can typically catch him around downtown on his one-wheel. Daniel, who loves going back country camping stepped off the Appalachian Trail in June after hiking 100 miles. He’s worked out at Crossfit Invoke for the last 11 years and fought MMA for seven. “I injure myself a lot, because activities requiring a lot of intensity help me. I have to be so focused on maintaining myself that it really allows me to clear my head.”

On the question of Hustle, Talent, or Luck, Daniel immediately interrupted me with, “Hustle”. “There are talented and lucky people all over place, but less people willing to put their head down and put in what it takes to be an entrepreneur." Besides hustle, Daniel gives due credit to the City of Oaks. “I have really strong feelings about Raleigh. That’s why I’m here. It’s the best place to run a business. As a water and adventure enthusiast, Raleigh doesn’t make much sense but damn what a vibe, what a buzz.” Like most business owners in Raleigh, Daniel has benefited greatly from the depth of staffing because of the quality of higher education in the area. “In today’s market, it can be hard for young people to get a job, so I have a lot of talented, educated people to reach out to for these projects. As a navy brat I’ve never had a sense of community. Now in this neighborhood I have a stage. Not to preach, but to listen and interact with everybody. I’ve never been anywhere this long. It feels really cool.”

Learn more about The Pharmacy Café and Green Planet Catering as well as a few of Daniel’s favorite small businesses in the area below:

For Private Events or Catering: 919-977-3405

For Careers at TPC or Green Planet Catering: info@greenplanetcatering.com

Check out the TPC Breakfast / Lunch Menu HERE


Hustle Hard As Oak August 17 2016

 

"No matter what you want to do in life you have to have the determination to start and the intensity to hustle hard" - JoJo Polk, Core Fitness Studio

Living in Raleigh allows to us live and work every day with some of the hardest working people we have ever had to honor to meet and it is this group of hustlers that inspired the Hustle Hard As Oak design. We wanted to make a tee especially for our community of local business owners who put in the work, hours, sweat, and tears to make their dreams a reality. Those that know and respect what it means to hustle hard. 

Shortly after we released this design we started doing our Raleigh Hustles Hard blog series, where we would sit down with some of these influential hustlers around Raleigh and hear their stories. We wanted to showcase all the hard work and often goes unseen by some of our neighbors and friends. 

Dress the hustle in the softest polycotton blend tees and tanks you'll ever find! We offer the Hustle Hard As Oak tee in options for the whole family: Men's Tees, Women's Tee, Women's Tanks, Onesies, Kids Tees 

Read about our various Raleigh Hustles hard blog here:


The Squirrel with No Name August 14 2016

"I don't think it's nice, you laughin'. You see, my mule don't like people laughing. He gets the crazy idea you're laughin' at him. Now if you apologize, like I know you're going to, I might convince him that you really didn't mean it." - The Man with No Name

 

One look at how badass and awesome The Man with No Name is and you'll see why we wanted to pay him homage with one of our designs. This epic character, brought to life by Clint Eastwood, was the inspiration for our design, The Squirrel with No name.

We landed on the squirrel idea because living in The City of Oaks, not a day passes that we don't encounter one every day. Bringing together our favorite place to live with our favorite trilogy of movies. It was perfect. The decision to put him on a dog came about because we couldn't put the squirrel on a horse, the size ration was way off and how awesome is the idea of your neighborhood squirrel taking the reigns of man's best friend?!

 Just like all of our tees and tanks these shirts are made from an ultrasoft polycotton blend. Currently, we offer this design in Men's Tees, Women's V-Neck Tees, and Women's Tanks.  

Shop the entire collection now on PorchFly.com!!


Meat Pyramid August 04 2016

It should be no surprise to anyone in North Carolina that we are in the heat of summer. While it's pretty awful when it comes to the temperatures, summer does mean one thing here in the south. Massive amounts of cookouts. And that in itself was inspiration enough for us to make our Meat Pyramid tees and tanks.

We wanted to make a design that would serve as an ode to all the meat lovers out there. Those of you who, like us, love a good cookout with good friends, good food, and good drinks. So here's to you, carnivores! May you ever be in search of the next tasty meal.

The best thing about these tees and tanks is that they're made from an ultra soft lightweight polycotton blend that will carry you through the warmest weather, the best of cookouts, and the longest of summer nights. 

Get your The Meat Pyramid in Men's Tee, Women's Tanks, Onesies, and Kid's Tees.

 

 


Calling All Raleigh Drinking Team Members August 02 2016

You know the palpable feeling of excitement and energy whenever a group of people gathers together in support of a singular objective? Whether that be to score a touchdown, goal, home run, or any common intention. Did you know you can get that same feeling when you and all your friends dress the same when you're out drinking? Well. Welcome to the Raleigh Drinking Team.

Let's take it back in time for a moment. Back to 2014, during the previous World Cup. Seeing large groups of friends and strangers come together to publically to rally behind their team. Seeing the camaraderie and unity achieved really inspired us to want to create something that could give that same feeling to the amazing people of Raleigh. We wanted to have our own team in support of one of our favorite industries. Local breweries.

The design started with the lone squirrel, but no team is complete without a proper crest. Even with the design almost complete it still felt as if it were missing something. That’s when the beer bottle was introduced. Once we gave the bottle to the squirrel the design seemed complete.

If we’re being 100% honest with each other right now, we didn’t have a lot of faith in this design early on but once we saw how people reacted to this design we grew to love it. Groups of people would stop by our booth at various events all repping Raleigh Drinking Team gear and that’s when it really hit us that we had created a tee for the beer lovers of Raleigh.

After the design had been out a short while we received a call from a kids clothing store asking if we made the design but for babies. Because let’s be real, who drinks more than a baby? (And we’re talking milk here) We made a quick swap to a baby bottle and created the jersey for our youngest team members!

Currently, you can get Raleigh Drinking Team gear in Men’s Tees, Women’s Tees & Tanks, onesies, and koozies.

Check out the collection and join the team today!


Porch Fly Soaps July 27 2016

Mountain Air

Let's get personal for a second. When you shower does it smell like you're surrounded by fresh, North Carolina mountain air? Do your baths have the soothing qualities of lavender complemented by activated charcoal to pull out the impurities, dirt, and oil from your skin? No? Us either, until we decided to make some.

Lavendar Charcoal

Much like our candles, we wanted our soaps to not only smell incredible but to be better for your skin and provide a clean like no other. This was when we entered into a classic research montage. We tried and tested many different combinations of superior-quality ingredients to get us to the soaps we have now. We've probably never been so clean. 

Himalayan Sea Salt

All of our artisan soaps are made of 100% natural and local ingredients. It took a great deal of research to find the perfect ingredients that would result in a skin nourishing clean while maintaining a natural smelling scent. Those little chunks of stuff you see and feel in our soap are actually little pieces of the herbs used for that particular soap!

Eucalyptus Hemp Tea Tree

Right now our soaps are available in the follow scents:

And we even have one for the puppy too!

Check out the entire collection of soaps here!


Whiskey Business July 21 2016

Let’s review what we’ve covered so far. We are Porch Fly and among many other things, we really enjoy classic movies and good whiskey. Whiskey Business is one of our newer designs that merges those two interest.

It's probably a safe bet that almost everyone has heard of Risky Business and/or seen the famous underwear dance scene.  It has always been a favorite movie of ours and we wanted to create a design that paid due respect to this classic movie. We thought through different design ideas for a while and one night the idea just hit us. Whiskey Business.

The tricky part with this particular design was playing around with different techniques to really make the design pop on the shirt and give it that iconic neon look.  Ultimately, it all came together and tees and tanks aside, it allowed us to make the official Whiskey Business video!

Big thanks to Portico Pictures for helping to make this a reality!

Like all of our tees, these are made of the softest polycotton you’ll ever get your hands on. We offer this design in men’s tees, women’s tees, and women’s tanks. Check out the entire Whiskey Business collection here!


The Gods Cry Whiskey July 20 2016

Anyone that knows us knows that we love whiskey. If you walked into our homes right now there’s a 99.9% chance you’ll find some. It is, as they say, the nectar of the gods. And it may not come as a surprise, but the inspiration for The Gods Cry Whiskey design came about one night while we were kicking it on the porch, drinking whiskey.

That night, shortly after topping off our glasses with a little Stagg Jr., it began to rain. As it sometimes does, some of the rain fell into our freshly poured glasses. While we thought this would have ruined our drinks, it turns that little splash of rainwater helped to bring out the best flavors in the bourbon and made it even better than before.

It was this series of events that inspired The Gods Cry Whiskey design.  The double face you see in the design is the god, Janus. And the tears are, you guessed it, whiskey drops! This tee is homage to our beverage of choice.

Photo Credit: Devolve Moto

Made from a lightweight, ultra-soft polycotton material, this tee has a more tailored fit. We offer The Gods Cry Whiskey in Men’s Tees size XS-XXL. Get yours today!


Porch Fly Candles July 13 2016 1 Comment

It’s no secret that some of the greatest things that happen are those that are unplanned and spontaneous. This same idea holds especially true for our collection of candles.

Candles were never something we ever planned on making until one night we came across a whiskey-scented candle that we fell in love with. Maybe it was the way the smell brought back thoughts of good times spent with friends over a glass of a favorite whiskey or maybe it was the whiskey currently in our glass at the time that made it seem like a great idea. Either way, we decided to give it a try.

We thought we'd start with a whiskey-scented candle and offer it just as a special accessory item. And, staying true to our nature, we couldn’t be responsible for making a half-assed candle. If we were going to do this, we were absolutely going to do it right. There’s no reason to make something that you don’t believe in or stand behind.

That’s the main reason we put so much time and research into finding the highest quality materials. Everything from the essential oils to the packaging to the wooden wicks. We wanted our candles to be made of 100% natural ingredients and also have a fragrant but not overpowering scent to them. Day after day of testing different wicks, fragrances, packaging, even the way they look in your home when they burn, and finally we found the perfect combination of ingredients for the Porch Fly Candles.

All of our candles are vegan, made from 100% natural soy wax, and scented with pure essential oils. The wood wick we use doesn’t produce that black soot you get with a lot of other candles either. And because we use a wider wood wick you get an even melting of the wax so nothing goes to waste. We’re just thoughtful like that.

The best part is our candles burn for up to 55 hours, almost 15 hours longer than your average candle. So grab a whiskey, invite some friends over, and make them jealous of how awesome your house smells.

We currently offer the following candles:

City of OaksMorning PorchAfternoon PorchCarolina GardensAppalachian BloomWhiskey RootCaribbean Teakwood, and Leather & Fig

But stay on the lookout because new scents could be dropping any day...


Sun Goddess July 12 2016

 

Summer is 100% one of the best seasons. The days are longer, the nights are more fun, your friends somehow seem more awesome, and the bourbon tastes a little better! That’s one of the reasons we created our new Sun Goddess design.

It all started with a design of a girl that we had done awhile back but weren’t exactly sure how we wanted to use it, so we held on to it. Fast-forward to one night, drinking bourbon, rewatching all time classic movie, Karate Kid. The scene comes where he is practicing his kicks with this epic sunset as the backdrop (check out the first part of the video below to see what we mean) and we thought about how dope it would be to add that same look to the design of the girl. So we did. But it still felt incomplete.

 


It wasn’t until we were messing around with the Endless Summer movie poster one day that it clicked for us what our design was missing. The feeling of summer nostalgia. The bright colors and pixelated images reminded us of our summers past and that’s exactly what we needed to top off this design. The rest is pretty much screen printing history!

Our Sun Goddess tee is an ode to the beauty and replenishing powers of the summer sun. Made of the softest poly cotton blend you’ll ever get your hands on, we offer this design in men’s tees, women’s tees and women’s tanks. Get yours today!

Legends Never Die - "The Jet" July 07 2016

Often we get asked, “How did you think of this idea, design, or product? Our answer is always the same. We are inspired by what we see every day. An amazing sign, a cool quote, a classic movie and/or anything in between.

That’s one of the reasons we decided to start a series of blog post to share the inspirations for and the stories behind some of our different designs and products. Now, grab a bourbon and listen close because there’s something you need to know, there's heroes and there's legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.

With The 4th of July having just passed, we decided to kick things off with our design Legends Never Die - "The Jet". If you don’t understand why this is relevant, do yourself a favor and go watch “The Sandlot.” If you don’t have time for that, then just watch this clip:

 

“The Sandlot” is the true definition of what it means to be a kid during the summer! It's a time for new friends, adventures, and getting into trouble, not too much but some. We wanted to create a shirt to honor those memories and one that would bring to mind the excitement of summer anytime it was worn.

Made with an ultra-light polycotton material, this is the best feeling shirt you’ll ever wear. We offer Legends Never Die - "The Jet" in Men’s Tees size XS-XXL


RALEIGH HUSTLES HARD - WEDPICS March 16 2016

The first time I visited HQ Raleigh in early 2014, I knew it was providing something special for Raleigh’s entrepreneurs and start-ups. Immediately upon walking in, I could feel the energy. People were racing through the halls, some congregating and sharing ideas near the bar, and scores of teams working together diligently behind glass offices. Everyone seemed inspired and with purpose. I knew this wasn’t an ordinary workspace. While there, I would continuously hear about WedPics and their CEO / Co-Founder, Justin Miller. As the head of the fastest growing crowd sourced wedding app on the market, Justin and his team are helping to define Raleigh’s startup boom. We sat down with local hustler and successful entrepreneur, Justin Miller, for our latest installment of Raleigh Hustle’s Hard.

From a networking perspective, HQ Raleigh was a huge boost to WedPics. “We didn’t know anybody at the time because we spent 18 hours a day in my basement building the app.” However, the road there wasn’t always clear. Justin graduated from the NCSU School of Design with a major in graphic design. And like many graduates in Raleigh before this current culture of entrepreneurship took hold, Justin accepted a corporate design job at IBM. At the time, Justin was intrigued with what was happening in social media and curated content online. His experience with large-scale marketing events at IBM presented a chance to capitalize on what he saw as a wasted opportunity. “There was a major fault on the marketing side where IBM would spend millions of dollars on these large scale events, and after the fact there was no way for them to easily gather the photos from all the participants.”

Founded in 2011 in Justin’s basement, Deja Mi was conceived around concerts and other live events, to provide a location-based platform for event-goers to share experiences and form a connection socially. This was pre-hashtag days so aggregating that experience in a concise way without social connections was difficult. “Early on we had some friends and family that believed in the idea and were willing to cut us checks. We got really lucky. We were basically working for peanuts so I extended equity where possible, which provided much needed incentive and drive.” Most of the people who started at Deja Mi in the beginning are still working together today. After merging with a Durham startup at the end of 2011, the company doubled to twelve people.

Upon merging, the first build of Deja Mi was scrapped and rebuilt from scratch. “We rolled out the new version, Apple featured it in 90 countries as a new and noteworthy app and Deja Mi started getting 6k+ downloads a day with no marketing.” Unfortunately, when Apple stopped pushing the app, momentum quickly fizzled. In early 2012, with funding waning and no clear vision ahead, they began exploring other use cases for the idea. After a great response to the app at a local bridal event, they began looking hard at the $50bn wedding market. “It just made sense. In this space, we could provide a real solution to a problem that actually existed.” With WedPics, they could replace the need for disposable cameras at weddings and provide a tool to aggregate all of the content from guests, who may or may not know each other, but can still share collectively in the experience.

By the time WedPics launched in 2012, they had received some great press locally, and nationally from most of the major tech companies. Unfortunately, not all press was good press - at least not at first. After an N&O article featured Justin and the team, they were quickly served with an eviction notice from Justin’s basement or they would face fines in excess of $500 per day. Again, Justin used social media as a solution. He shared his ordeal and was immediately flooded with not only offers for working space, but also $25k in funding from a local angel investor. The team ultimately landed at HQ Raleigh. This was the perfect springboard for partnerships with other companies and outside funding. “It was just a really good connector”, said Justin.

WedPics didn’t start as the robust platform it is today. Ultimately, Justin sees simplicity as a reason for WedPics early and continued success. “When you come up with an idea, there is a tendency to want to put every piece of functionality in it, so it’s as big and powerful as possible. That is where you think the bar is set, but that’s absolutely wrong.” Justin and his team stripped WedPics down to the bare minimum. “We had giant whiteboards on the wall of my basement where we’d list every feature we wanted in the app, then each day would come in and erase multiple features.” They were left with only the functionality necessary to make the app work. After the launch, Justin and his team carefully monitored the backend analytics to understand how people were using the app and what kind of feedback they provided. Coupled with constant competitor analysis, they took that insight to evolve the product and scale the capabilities of the platform. “Luckily, in our market we had a huge advantage, because brides love to provide feedback, whether good or bad. Listening to our audience was key.”

Fast-forward to 2016, WedPics has received over $12M in outside funding and has grown into the #1 wedding app on the market. Operating in every country and with over 5 million dedicated users, the thirty-person team has made an undeniable impact in the wedding industry. Over 1 million photos are shared from the 10k+ weddings hosted on the app each week. While the app has triumphed significantly from an acquisition perspective, WedPics began moving from an acquisition-based model to a revenue-based model in January. Along with its app invite cards and hi-res printed photos, which account for most of the current revenue, they’ve diversified their revenue models by bringing in non-traditional advertising. “We sell dedicated email lists, as well as offering impressions for hand selected retailers inside of the app.” WedPics now also provides an opt-in opportunity where retailers can offer exclusive deals and connect with its customers directly. “We’ve taken a different approach to advertising and are currently testing this model to understand it’s scalability and how it resonates with our audience.” He says that so far it’s been well adopted.

Justin has become an unofficial ambassador for Raleigh, even accompanying Mayor Nancy McFarlane to speak at SXSW. He credits both the city and the continuously deep talent pool for much of its recent success. “Now that we’re getting a larger footprint of small business and tech, options for graduates have expanded to much more than just corporate opportunities. This makes Raleigh much more attractive for an early stage entrepreneur. The cost of living and creating a business is so low in Raleigh, it really provides the opportunity to operate with much lower risk.”

While Justin agrees that Raleigh can be a nourishing environment for entrepreneurs, he recognizes the challenges of evolving from the old way of doing things. Bureaucracy and lack of innovative, solution-focused thinking sometimes presents a real challenge to helping new ideas materialize. “Things aren’t as complicated as they are sometimes made to be. Instead of always going by the book or saying no when an idea reaches uncharted territory, I’d like to see the city think bigger picture and be a partner in developing innovative solutions.” Justin has been trying to launch his side project, El Taco Cartel since early 2015, but has run into challenges bringing it to market because Raleigh hasn’t decided how to classify his food cart. He’s working with city and county officials to build out a mobile food and beverage guide to provide a framework for not only him, but to pave the way for future entrepreneurs in the same space.

 

When asked whether he would rather be blessed with luck, talent, or hustle, Justin answered emphatically, “Hustle, 100%. Luck runs out. Talent is not necessary. With hustle, you’ll always figure out a way to get it done.

What more needs to be said?

Learn more about WedPics as well as a few of Justin’s favorite small businesses in the area below:


The Official Porch Fly Holiday Movie List December 20 2015

It's the "Most Wonderful Time Of The Year"! Well, at least according to Andy Williams on every radio station imaginable. The holidays have a different meaning for everyone. For some it's about giving, for others it's about receiving. And for others, it's about Chinese food and a movie. No matter who you are or what you're doing over the holidays, there is always time to get comfortable with friends and family, grab a hot (bourbon) drink and watch a Christmas classic. Here's our 5 favorite holiday flicks to get you through the season. Enjoy!

5. DIE HARD (1988)

It's Christmas time in L.A., and there's an employee party in progress on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Corporation building. The revelry comes to a violent end when the partygoers are taken hostage by a group of terrorists headed by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), who plan to steal the 600 million dollars locked in Nakatomi's high-tech safe. In truth, Gruber and his henchmen are only pretending to be politically motivated to throw the authorities off track; also in truth, Gruber has no intention of allowing anyone to get out of the building alive. Meanwhile, New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) has come to L.A. to visit his estranged wife, Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), who happens to be one of the hostages. Disregarding the orders of the authorities surrounding the building, McClane, who fears nothing (except heights), takes on the villains, armed with one handgun and plenty of chutzpah.


 



Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Chris Columbus
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 22, 1999
Runtime:

 

Our Consensus: This movie is absolutely ridiculous. But let's be clear, if you didn't open up your biggest gift each year hoping just a little bit that it was a Mogwai, then we straight up don't trust you.

 

3. HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (1995)

Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) usually approaches family reunions with a certain trepidation, but as she prepares to fly from her home in Chicago to her parent's place in Baltimore for Thanksgiving, she is more apprehensive than usual. Claudia has just lost her job, she's not feeling at all well, and her teenage daughter, Kitt (Claire Danes), who is staying behind, informs Claudia on the way to the airport that she plans to use the weekend to lose her virginity with her boyfriend.


Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: W.D. Richter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 9, 2004
Runtime:

 

Our Consensus: If you're a living person with a family, this hits home. Has there ever been a more accurate portrayal of the stress and frustration of a family holiday? From the second that Claudia arrives home, the movie plays out like every son or daughters worst holiday nightmare. Most importantly...the infamous turkey scene. Everyone has wanted this to happen to at least one relative at one point or another. A realistic, instant classic.

 

2. HOME ALONE (1990)

Home Alone is the highly successful and beloved family comedy about a young boy named Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) who is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season. Once he realizes they've left him home alone, he learns to fend for himself and, eventually has to protect his house against two bumbling burglars (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) who are planning to rob every house in Kevin's suburban Chicago neighborhood.


Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: John Hughes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 5, 1999
Runtime:

 

Our Consensus: This movie is every kids dream. Who hasn't dreamed of ditching (or being ditched by) your family for a weekend of a little "King of The Castle". Of course, a PG Pesci makes this movie even more amazing, but it's a pre-heroin Macauly Caulkin's performance that makes this a bonafide childhood favorite. Now keep reading, ya dirty rascal!

 

1. RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER (1964)

This stop-motion animagic version of the classic Christmas tale adds a bit of a twist when Rudolph encounters an abominable snowman. This was made for TV and features Burl Ives as the narrator.

WE LOVE THIS MOVIE SO MUCH, WE'VE PROVIDED THE FULL LENGTH FILM BELOW


Rating: Unrated
Genre: Television, Animation, Kids & Family, Classics
Directed By: , ,, , , ,, , , , , ,
Written By: Romeo Muller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 17, 2000
Runtime:

 

Our Consensus: Yeah, we're serious. We love everything about this from the insane re-imagination of the plot line to the grainy and awkward stop-motion animation. We can't really explain how important this movie was to us growing up. Burl Ives was like our jolly, round, cigar smoking grandfather. This classic immediately brings you back to a simpler time in your life. You might even want to slip on an adult onesie for this one..it just feels right.

 

Check out these honorable mentions!

6. BAD SANTA (2003)

7. EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990)

8. A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1938)

9. NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989)

10. THE REF (1994)

 

Happy Holidays from the Porch Fly Family!