You might remember Gabe Johnson—and his oddball Seattle event space, Horses Cut Shop—from our gift-guide collaboration with The Selby a few weeks ago. We heard a rumor that Johnson was taking his show on the road, and it turns out the Cut Shop landed at none other than our philanthropic retail boutique in NYC, Treasure & Bond. They’re having an open-house tonight, if you’re in the NYC area:
You can meet Mr. Johnson, sip a beer, and listen to live music. Find more details on the event here, and check out pictures of the havoc Horses Cut Shop has wreaked on the T&B ground floor here.
Perhaps even more admirable than Johnson’s knack for bringing people together for good, clean (-ish) fun, is his latest project: an homage to the dive bars, holes in the wall and small-town secrets that make America great. He’s done it all in the form of T-shirts emblazoned with the logos of legendary small businesses from across our great nation. Here’s a sampling of the shirt designs (see if you recognize a favorite haunt from your own hometown):
Pick one up tonight at Treasure & Bond. If you’re outside NYC, visit HorsesCutShop.com or call Treasure & Bond at (646) 669-9049 and they’ll get you taken care of.
For our new Gifts with Personality gift guide, we invited The Selby to photograph some of our most inspiring fellow Seattleites. Our fourth and final male personality builds connections by defying convention—a true ‘Maverick.’
“We’ve created a community here. This is a place where people can take themselves a little less seriously, and inject some wonder and curiosity back into their lives.”
—Gabe Johnson, curator at Horses Cut Shop Event Space, Seattle, Washington.
We see Gabe as a cultural instigator who embodies the write-your-own-rules, frontier attitude that still exists in the west. He has a knack for bringing people together for offbeat exploration and unconventional fun. Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood (nicknamed ‘The Center of the Universe’ by its residents) makes a fittingly quirky home for Gabe’s gathering place, Horses Cut Shop.
[Update: Horses Cut Shop is on the move. Check back with their official website to find out what’s next for the home of ‘Genuine American Riffraff.’]
“I feel blessed to have a career as an artist. All of my work is based on my Alaskan Native ancestry. The art that I do today gives me a sense of purpose because it’s all part of a continuum.”
—Preston Singletary, Artist, Seattle, Washington
Preston is literally able to bend the elements to his will, forging delicately powerful art from glass and fire. Yet, as fascinating as his work is to look at, it’s the centuries-old stories the pieces tell that make them truly one-of-a-kind.
“I’ve been a librarian for quite a few years now…We have a city of readers, and that’s a good thing in my profession.”
—Marcellus Turner, City Librarian at the Seattle Central Library
Seattle is consistently ranked one of the most well-read cities in the US, and we’d like to think Mr. Turner plays some small role in that statistic. An intellectually balanced individual, his passion for classic texts is matched by his appreciation for modern architecture—like the Rem Koolhaas-designed building in which he’s lucky enough to work.
“I grew up at a big table. For me, dinner is all about sharing. When someone passes you food, something special happens. I believe in magic—and that those little things go a long way.” —Cormac Mahoney, Chef/Co-owner of Madison Park Conservatory, Seattle, Washington
Cormac is the perfect ambassador for Seattle’s vibrant food scene. Every dish he serves is a testament to his inventive pairings and passion for fresh ingredients. This award winning chef’s mission is to make people feel at home in his warm, welcoming restaurant, nestled a stone’s throw away from Seattle’s Madison Park Beach.