New Year Updates

Today was our second in-store pop up of 2016 at West Elm Las Vegas! It was a rainy day but we made the best of it, dragging our big (insanely heavy) display out and featuring our brand new products from Conscious Magazine and Conscious Coconut. We also took sign ups for our first creative workshop being held at West Elm- Modern Calligraphy! It's happening this Thursday, March 10 from 6-8pm. We are SO excited to have a place to hold workshops since we recently moved out of our studio in hopes of shifting studio time into time spent building a cohesive online store. 

So where do we start? A lot has happened since the beginning of the year. We started hosting donation drives for a few different non-profit organizations in town. This is something that was part of the vision for Sister; to be involved locally and impact our direct community, since there is always a need locally, just as there is globally. In early January, we partnered up with one of our local coffee houses, Sunrise Coffee, to host a cold weather clothing drive. It was so successful that we could barely fit the donated clothing in the back of our truck! Two weeks later, we had a hygiene drive at West Elm while we had a pop up shop and again, had a great turnout. The donations from each drive went to the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth. To find out more about the organization that provides resources, safety, food and shelter to homeless teens, check out their website at www.nphy.org. We hope to do more drives for them in the future; we love what they are doing for teens in the community.

The second drive we hosted was at Sunrise Coffee in February. This time we decided to collect children's books for St. Judes Ranch. There wasn't much notice before we held this one, so we would like to run this drive again sometime. Keep your eyes and ears open! 

Our first publication in the online shop is Conscious Magazine, which is an insanely beautiful, inspiring and well written quarterly magazine. Ashley ordered issues 1-3 before the holidays and absolutely fell in love. It is packed with story after story (plus amazing photography) of social impact initiatives in communities all over the U.S. The country has hundreds of small, independent businesses, non-profits and freelancers working toward a conscious society. We have found our kin! We immediately emailed the magazine to find out how we could become a retailer and within a few weeks, we were ECSTATIC to announce that we are the only independent business in Nevada carrying it! It is truly a one-of-a-kind publication that will open your heart and eyes to positive change taking place all over the United States. We can't get enough.

Conscious Coconut is another social impact company that we feel blessed to carry in the online shop now. They "believe that a sustainable business stands on a foundation of transparency, respect and love." CC is a fair trade supplier of certified USDA Organic Coconut Oil, crafted using the traditional cold-pressed method, without the use of heat or pressure. Grown and produced in both Thailand and the Philippines, this Conscious Collaborative helps farmers build sustainable businesses, which positively influence their communities and ensures that they're compensated justly. And bonus: for every purchase of Conscious Coconut, a child is given a meal through a partnership with Feeding America. The story behind how Ashley met the founder, Danielle, is one for the books too.

Our last news update, which we released on Instagram earlier in the week, is that Carly will be teaching abroad in Ireland later this year. We are undergoing some big changes but we are still having a blast (despite the sleepless nights) getting this business rolling! For the time being, we have a few pop ups planned but our main focus is going to be on the creative workshops and building a conscious community. We are already connecting with so many amazing individuals who share this vision for a conscious, creative community that cares about the impact they make in their community, as well as their social impact on the world. If you would like to be on our email list for future news and events, please fill out our contact form and introduce yourself.

We are so happy you found us!

Ashley Ayala