Banana and Bear is El Paso’s New Art Shop on Wheels – The Prospector
The conceptt to be mobile and nomadic has been around for some time, Bedouins crossed the desert, gypsies ventured across Europe the hippie sellers who followed the Gpriced Dead. Now mobile seller Vanessa Alvarez does same with his new mobile shop, Banana and bear.
Alvarez, a community college in El Paso graduated and major in business at UTEP, made and sold it handmade art on the stairs since 2014. However, last week she launched her own mobile store. The the idea of opening his own shop was born from his love of creation art,Awash wanted to fill his shop with her handmade jewelry and introduce other local suppliers. Banana and Bear has been appointed after his two ferrets because in Alvarez, they are “cute player, and funny” who is the energy she hopes her storn radiates. .
Banana and Bear’s products consist of pins, necklaces, key chains, rings, trinket stuff, and second hand clotheswith various prices. VSaversion costs between $3 at $20 during hand do items range from $4 to $10. The products are made with different types of mmaterials like resin and clay.
Alvarez runs his mobile shop inside a vintage motorhomean idea influence by Portland women who use RVs as mobile stores.
“I I thought it would be a good idea to bring this concept to El Paso, not to mention it was the perfect size for the amount of inventory I normally carry,” Alvarez said. “If a location does not work well then, I can get up and move at any time. It is also super cute and goes very well with the theme of my quirky jewelry.”
The mobile shop is in before El Paso’s Galleria Lincoln and Old Sheep Dog Brewery every other weekend. Alvarez also sells his designs on Etsythat she also manages on her ownfirst consider themselves a “one-woman show”.
“It’s a lot of work, but I like the way people look when they discover Something, they like what i did, or when they can relate to a stupid pin that said ‘yeah yeah‘ above,” Alvarez said.
Alvarez wants to inspire other struggling local artists by prove anything is possible if you work hard to achieve this. She hopes people understand this is not itit’s not something that happened overnight, it’s is a company that has took time and dedication.
“If you like something, go for it, because it’s better to say you tried and failed than to look back and regret not taking the risk.” Alvarez said. For more information, follow the Banana and Bear store on Instagram @bananaandbear or on Facebook like ‘Banana and bear.‘ To Banana Shop and Bear productsvisit her Etsy Web page.
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