We are so excited! Our Facebook page hit 11,000 Fans AND it’s our 3-Year anniversary of our flagship store in Williamsburg, VA! We love to celebrate by giving stuff away ($100 Gift Card), having fun contests (see below), offering discounts (two promo codes below), and eating treats (join us Saturday for Emily’s Donuts custom-made for us)!
Enter to win your choice of one of these best-selling metal script wall signs by Prairie Dance, valued at up to $169! Click on this photo to go to our website and PIN your favorite metal script sign… Add hashtag #quirksofart and you’ll be entered to win the sign of your choice.The winner will be announced on Saturday!
Click on this photo to pin your favorite metal script sign… Add hashtag #quirksofart and you’ll be entered to win the sign of your choice.
Take 11% Off your in-store purchase
Use discount code: freeship for free shipping on our website!
Not valid on previous purchases, custom orders, special orders, layaways, clearance items, or in conjuction with Save30 certificates, donated gift certificates, or any other sale, promotion, giveaway, or special offer.
One very special item we are releasing this summer is the Survivor Art Pole (shown below). Stephanie was inspired by her own experience as a breast cancer survivor to create this pole as a symbol of hope, strength, and courage for all those who have been affected by cancer.
In addition to releasing new Art Poles this season, Studio M will also introduce 4 brand new birdhouses. These all-weather, fade-resistant birdhouses are made right in St. Louis, Missouri. Each one is fully functional and features a universal 1.5” hole, fledgling ladder, ventilation and drainage holes, and a removable rooftop for easy cleanout.
Thanks, Stephanie Burgess for sharing your whimsical talent with us!
These new products will be available to ship in August. Guarantee yours by pre-ordering yours here! Use online discount code: lovemyquirks to save 10% off on your pre-orders!
The Iron Chef winner presented yummy treats like shrimp cocktail and mozzarella and tomato for us to munch on before the main event! We even got balcony seating to watch the award ceremony… which we did not win… BUT HEY! We went out to celebrate anyway!
Full of excitement, and cocktails, we hit the town and walked to Gershwin’s! It’s a 20′s piano bar without the prohibition
The staff didn’t quite know what hit them when we walked through the door! haha
There was even a girl with a beautiful voice singing classics like Etta James! Kendra OBVIOUSLY enjoyed the tunes!
We were so dressed up, everyone including the owner, came up to us asking who the bride was! Guess we really know how to put on a show!
The food was delicious! We had everything from calamari, monte cristo’s, and pimento cheese to cosmos and strawberry cafloutis!!
Gershwin’s had an AMAZING piano staircase that we took FULL advantage of.
From silly pictures to pretty ones…
… we definitely have some christmas card potentials!
Maybe even a reality show?!?!?! The Kardashians don’t have anything on us! haha
The night ended around 1 am in Quirks of Art fashion, with Leigh Ann singing on the mike for the entire bar
With Mother’s day just around the corner, we know some of you are already dreading the daunting task of finding the perfect gift that says “You mean more to me than you could ever know.” Well worry no more! We have done the work for you! Here are some of our best sellers that won’t let her down.
This brand new glass on copper Spiritile by Houston Llew will surely make her heart melt. Saying on the sides: “When you need a miracle, just look at your child and realize you created one.” Always free shipping online here.
Every mother can appreciate this sentiment – it’s $59.95 and available in store or online here. “A mother”s promise – I promise to come alive with joy when you enter the room. I want you to feel loved and celebrated. I promise to encourage you to dream big and reach toward possibilities. I promise to create, play, dance, and sing with you. Joyful creative abandon will be valued. I promise to show up, be present and truly engaged, when we”re together. I want you to feel seen and heard. I promise to practice gratitude with you so that we can feel joy and abundance in all things. I promise to provide a safe, nurturing home where you have full permission to be who you are. May our spirits be connected always. May you always know how deeply you are loved, how your life shines brightly and how your heart is never alone.”
And how cute are these??? Little advice reminders from Mom…sizes and prices range – starting at $15.00. See them online here.
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week…and we’ve got the goods.
Isn’t that the understatement of the year?!? Anyone who’s had a great teacher knows that it is. Just $22.95 – buy it here.
These handmade, reversible necklaces are just $12!
Storysquares are on clearance! We love the READ square for teachers…and it’s a bargain at $7.20 in store or online (no discount code is required). Give them one to stand or hang, or make an entire story for them they will never forget
SOAP ROCKS! Not only do these smell divine but they look just like gems! $3-$8
Art Blox can be grouped or they can stand alone for daily inspiration! $8
Fun earrings starting at $12.95
Glass Blown Flowers for the garden or in a vase – $14.95
Write now Journals! A great way for the teachers to keep notes or log about their summer adventures! $7
Garden stakes! These whimsical flowers are made for the outdoors!
Fused Glass Suncatchers for the classroom or kitchen windows! $12
Houston Llew and his family of artists create Spiritiles in their downtown Atlanta studio to reflect the iconic and inspiring moments of life. Finely handcrafted in the ancient medium of molten glass on copper, there is a Spiritile for every person and grand occasion. Spiritiles are best enjoyed together in a collection that reflects your unique style and story. Every Spiritile has its own story wrapped around the sides to make you smile, ponder, or just plain laugh out loud. As the perfect gift or the perfect touch to brighten your cozy corner, Spiritiles will lift your spirits for years to come.
Or yours online now – or call our Gallery at 757-645-4366.
Written by Stephanie Finnegan, Editor of Smart Retailer
Photos courtesy of Jennifer Raines and Thomas Gorman Photography
Jennifer Raines is a born party girl. If a rainbow appeared in the sky after a heavy morning of thunderstorms, Raines would instantly be on her cell phone, tweeting a message, and then posting a status update on her Facebook page to summon a crowd of friends and customers for a festive celebration. At the drop of a hat, Raines is set to enjoy her day and entertain in a big way.
Reasons for Celebrating
“When I ditched my lucrative corporate job and started a retail business, I set out to create a fun place to work and shop,” the go-getter reveals. “My store, Quirks of Art, is a beloved and very unique place. We strive to inspire people and brighten their days. We bring our dogs to work and celebrate their birthdays. We wear tutus and feather boas to work every chance we get. We have a flexible ‘pay what you can, when you can’ layaway policy. Work should be fun, and white walls are boring!”
The colorful Williamsburg, Virginia, shop lives up to its owner’s credo. It is a gathering place for town residents and tourists alike. “The locals pay the bills,” she muses, “while the visitors are the icing on the yummy cake!” Her business philosophy of treating customers as friends and kin has earned her numerous awards and accolades. The 39-year-old shop owner was honored as a “Top 40 Under 40,” a recipient of a “Women in Business Achievement Award,” and the designation as a “Top Retailer.”
Tooting Her Own Horn
Surveying her achievements, Raines feels exceptionally fortunate: “I have been blessed with some great awards, both personally and for the store. Quirks of Art has been named ‘Best of Virginia’ and ‘Best of Williamsburg.’ We’ve gotten excellent media coverage through the years, but we’ve also done our own promoting.”
To that end, Raines and her colleagues became early proponents of all social media platforms. They steadfastly created a comprehensive e-mail list, built up a website and a blog, and found a home on all forms of social networking. In fact, their association with Facebook was the basis for one of their most recent bashes.
After reaching 10,000 Facebook fans, Raines decided to throw herself and her followers a huge blowout. Every party needs a cake, so the hostess turned to the Web and e-mailed a commission to Alice Cooke, the owner of Cakealicious Design Studio.
Raines told the local bakery proprietor, “Let your imagination go wild. I want to see what you can do!” Cooke lived up to the challenge and chose the image of a whimsical wooden heart and two wall tiles from the Quirks of Art shop as her cake motif.
“I squealed with excitement as Alice pulled it out of the case. The cake was stunning, and it tasted as good as it looked!” she recalls. After posting the photo of the cake on her Facebook page and trumpeting the achievement, customers flocked in to share their well wishes and nibble on the baked goods.
“Many people love our Facebook page,” Raines admits. “They have watched us suffer through the poor economy, then regroup, and grow. We have celebrated smaller milestones over the years. So, in a way, this was a celebration for all of us. Folks came into the store and they wanted to see the cake, taste it, and congratulate us on it. It wasn’t the biggest sales day ever, but that wasn’t the intention. It was sweet to have a steady stream of some of our favorite customers wishing us well.”
Keeping a Vision Afloat
A cheery optimist, Raines has known her share of disappointment, but she hasn’t permitted it to keep her down. Over the past 10 years, she has spearheaded other variations on Quirks of Art, which didn’t thrive as well.
“It started as Kinks, Quirks & Caffeine, which was a handcraft gallery that featured a coffee bar inside. Then I added on Kinks & Quirks Contemporary Handcrafts in Yorktown, Virginia. When the economy turned, I closed down both of those locations. I morphed them into my gallery today, Quirks of Art,” she reveals.
Her Williamsburg locale makes her stand out from the other souvenir and antiques businesses. “One of our first taglines was ‘Contemporary, Not Colonial.’ Just because we love the charm of Colonial Williamsburg doesn’t mean that everyone wants his or her home or gifts to be styled that way. People visiting Williamsburg are just absolutely blown away when they walk into my shop. This store has so much personality and is just so different than anything else. Many customers confide that they have never seen a store like mine!”
Raines describes her shop and her inventory as “something for everyone—we have hip gifts and collectibles, whimsical art, clothing, home décor, handmade jewelry, and furniture. Over the years, I have earned vendor relationships with more than 1,000 artists across the United States. At any given time, we have 400 individual artists and studios represented in our retail store, and the online selection changes constantly. We have two relevant taglines. One is ‘Be Unique . . . Buy Unique.’ The other is ‘Passionately Handmade by American Artisans.’ My shop focuses on mostly American-made artisan goods that are funky, brightly colored, whimsical, and functional. They are ‘Quirks of Art’ as well as works of art!”
A Life-Altering Event
When Raines’s beloved mother passed away unexpectedly in 2002, it was a wake-up call for the then-27-year-old. She reevaluated her career path, made drastic changes, and began her adventure in retail. It’s a direction she has never regretted, and a choice she continues to celebrate to this day.
“I am so grateful I’ve been able to live out my dream. I’ve wanted to be a shop owner since I was eight years old. Well, I actually wanted to be a singer or a model, but those didn’t pan out. Store owner was a close third! Owning a store like this allows me the great opportunity to enjoy art, music, and travel. My goal is to expand my store regionally and eventually help others franchise my concept so they can realize their dreams of owning a business. I am a true believer in giving and living fearlessly and constantly seeking new challenges.”
Always on the lookout for a new reason to hold a soiree, Jennifer Raines won’t wait until she reaches 15,000 Facebook fans to host her next get-together. “I’m already planning my dog Zack’s party,” she shares. “And who knows what else will catch my fancy?”
“Happiness isn’t about making a living, but about making a life.”
What would a person be surprised to learn about you?
I’m a certified sailor and I’ve completed four marathons. I’ve just started electric and acoustic guitar lessons.
As a purveyor of quirky artistic creations, what do you create in your spare time?
This would be a big surprise to some of my customers, too, but I don’t have an artistic bone in my body. I can’t even draw stick people! One of my next goals is to take art classes and then begin an artistic hobby.
What is the take-away lesson you’d want a shopper to gain from your store?
When people buy from my store, they are also supporting the artists I represent. My business structure has a very positive “trickle-down” effect. The money spent here stays with small, independent business owners and artists. It stays in the USA.
Do customers have a favorite shop employee?
Of course! It’s Zack, my nine-year-old Maltese. He is the store’s official greeter.