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    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!

     

     

    New embroidered Logo Hats are here!

    New embroidered Logo Hats are here!

    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!

    RALEIGH HUSTLES HARD - EDGE OF URGE

    We sat down with Jessie Williams, owner of Edge of Urge, for our second installment of Raleigh Hustles Hard. Jessie, along with a few other small business owners, play a key role in making the Person Street neighborhood as great as it is today. Edge of Urge and Lumina Clothing landed in Person Street Plaza in 2014, splitting the space between Yellow Dog Bread Co. and Wine Authorities.

    Edge of Urge has everything. Clothing, shoes, hats, scarves, Freakers, candles, jewelry, art, accessories, hilarious greeting cards, and even a room in the back where you can sit down and stare into Jean Claude Van Damme’s eyes. Is JCVD actually there? Is it just a poster with super life like eyes? Get in there and find out.

    It’s hard to last five minutes without making a purchase. As an artist and crafter who’s been hand sewing clothing since a teenager, Jessie has a great eye for quality products. Along with her amazing team, Jessie has managed to create a unique shopping experience for anyone. She’s a part of the growing slow shopping movement, providing a platform for local crafters and artisans to sell unique goods to the community. Jessie knows both sides, and how hard it can be for an entrepreneur to find their voice and make a living from their talents.

    Like so many other entrepreneurs and hustlers, Jessie walked many paths before ending up at Edge of Urge. She’s a native North Carolinian, but studied fashion and photography at the Art Institute of Chicago. Jessie, who thinks the word “fashion” in itself is a bit pretentious and stuffy, decided along the way that the fashion world wasn’t for her. She shifted her focus to sound and performance art, thinking she’d eventually end up working at a production or recording studio. As a hands-on, visual and auditory learner, that path made a lot more sense. Throughout this time, she never stopped creating and eventually started selling her art and other products to friends. As the business developed, she was turned off by the arduous battle of trying to sell wholesale to stores and other distributors.

    One day my mom told me about this space in Wilmington, NC that was only a few hundred dollars a month. So I took the chance and went down to setup the market with my stuff and some cool products from other crafters I knew in Chicago.” Edge of Urge was born in 2002 in a small $400 a month open-air space at a market in Wilmington, NC. “I was setup across from a guy selling only children’s dolls and swords”, Jessie said about her first space. Luckily, that was short lived. Edge of Urge moved to the JW Brook building in 2003 and then to their eventual home on 18 Market Street in downtown Wilmington, NC.

    Recognizing the support and appreciation Raleigh gives to local and small businesses, opening a second location in DTR was the logical next step. “We have a community based marketing style. Rather than putting a significant focus on online marketing and sales, we try our best to build lasting relationships in the community.”

    Jessie says the addition of the Raleigh shop has been extremely positive and rewarding and they have plans to further connect with the community through a series of pop-up shops and events. Look for their 1966 Vintage Shasta Camper around Raleigh this summer or stop into Edge of Urge at 219 E Franklin Street.

    Learn about Edge of Urge as well as a few of Jessie’s favorite small businesses in the area below:

     

    Thanks for stopping by the porch!

     

    Best,

    Porch Fly Clothing

    The Heart Drop is here for Valentine's Day!

    You can now shop for the Heart Drop just in time for Valentine's Day! The Heart Drop is the first of three designs in our 2015 Transformation series. We're really excited to release this design, especially in February!

    The Heart Drop represents the commitment to love conquering all. When it rains it pours, but a person with love will always keep their head above water.

    Get yours now in the Ladies Shop!

    Thanks for stopping by the Porch!

    Best,

    Porch Fly Clothing