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Artist Profile: Kelly Ventura for Crate & Barrel

Kelly and I met in Book Arts when we attended art school years ago. I always remembered her pieces for being subtle and thoughtfully brilliant. We crossed paths again in Chicago when she was showing her incredible fiber pieces at the gallery where I worked and at The Renegade Craft Fair. Now we're all back in the Ann Arbor area and Kelly is a full time product and surface designer. We were so thrilled to hear that a line of her illustrations had been picked up by Crate & Barrel to be reproduced for their Spring 2014 art print lineCongratulations, Kelly!

N captured some great shots of her working in the studio in preparation to send to C&B for their artist profile.

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 Kelly works largely in watercolor and pen. She has a beautiful signature style that's whimsical and saturated with color.

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See more of Kelly's work at KellyVentura.com and her Minted site. We can't wait for her collection to come out next spring - look out for it!

To have your works of art or yourself captured in the studio, give us a call at 734-929-2498 or email us at info@chin-azzaro.com

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Business highlight : zoey + joey | Children's Hair Studio + Boutique

On Leap Day of this year, I met with Ilze Meija Ham, a fellow entrepreneur who wanted to open her own children's salon and boutique. She had an incredible vision of using toxic-free products in a streamlined, family friendly environment. I'm thrilled to say that just over a week ago, her dream and vision came to life when she opened the doors of zoey + joey. Not only did she exceed all my expectations in terms of aesthetics, families have been singing her praises since the day she opened her doors. With carefully chosen retail products including Keeki Pure & Simple and Original Sprout (she's the only carrier of the latter in the area), a place for moms and dads to make their own coffee and relax and a slide to keep the kids occupied for hours, Ilze has really set her business apart from other children's hair places. You can book your own appointments and haircuts range from just $15 up to $25. (That's a steal for an adult cut with full shampoo, conditioner, cut, style, blow dry)!

We were really lucky to be a part of her marketing, photography and graphic design processes. Ilze always made decisions quickly and she had a very concise idea of how she wanted to be seen in the community. For everyone out there with an idea - go for it! See what someone with determination can do in exactly 9 months (zoey + joey opened its doors on December 1st). Here are a few snapshot highlights of our work.

Congratulations to Ilze and her entire team! We couldn't be happier for you.

ZJ_Dec01An ad for Ann Arbor Observer

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Opening day coupon

ZJBabyCertBaby's first haircut certificate

llzeKids01Ilze with her kids

DSC_0782A banner photo and ad photo in the salon - love the custom painted Mini Coopers!

zoey + joey is open Wednesday through Monday and closed on Tuesdays. Book your appointment now and prepare to be pampered! 734-975-9400

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