Last night I was laying in bed and dreaming like a 13 year old girl who believes anything is possible. I couldn't help but think, If I could raise $1 from 18,199 more people we would reach our goal of $20,000. 
I have always been a dreamer and that will never change. Work hard for what you want and find a way to make it happen. A couple of years ago we opened Space with the money from our full time jobs and big dreams to inspire our city. That's exactly what we did and plan to do  for as long as you will have us. 
As many of you have already heard, September 1st we are moving across the street on the corner of Westheimer and Dunlavy. We were not able to renew our contract in our current Space and have been given an incredible opportunity to move just across the street into a new development. To help us with the move we have started an Indiegogo campaign, Space Montrose: Help Us With Our Move. Every dollar that is raised will go towards helping with the build out. There is a build out allowance, but it is not near enough to complete the project.
A dollar says I support handmade in the USA and local businesses. Anything more is amazing....

Keep dreaming World!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Thank you for all of your support  in 2012. We had a phenomenal year and it was because of your support. We feel honored to be part of our community in such a rewarding way. We hope the passion we have for our artists and the passion our artists have comes through in every visit you have to Space.

2013 is going to be an exciting year. We have new artists coming in, several exciting shows lined up and some big plans for 2013 that we cannot tell just yet. 

February 9th we have a show with filigree Artist Olmox. March 2nd we are honored to introduce Lisa Chow's stationary line to the World! And April 6th the much anticipated Tales From the Forest Exhibition opening for incredibly talented Artist Graham Franciose. 
Stay tuned Houston and again, thank you.

A kind of time capsule, intended to communicate a story of our world to extraterrestrials. The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph record-a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth.

The contents of the record were selected by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan.
Dr. Sagan and his associates assembled 115 images and a variety of natural sounds, such as those made by surf, wind and thunder, birds, whales, and other animals. To this they added musical selections from different cultures and eras, and spoken greetings from Earth-people in fifty-five languages. Instructions, in symbolic language, explain the origin of the spacecraft and indicate how the record is to be played. It contains the spoken greetings, beginning with Akkadian, which was spoken in Sumer about six thousand years ago, and ending with Wu, a modern Chinese dialect. Once the Voyager spacecraft leaves the solar system (by 1990, beyond the orbit of Pluto), it will find itself in empty space. It will be forty thousand years before they make a close approach to any other planetary system.

As Carl Sagan has noted, "The spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced spacefaring civilizations in interstellar space. But the launching of this bottle into the cosmic ocean says something very hopeful about life on this planet."

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Carlos and I are heading to Chicago this coming Wednesday to find new Artists for Space! We are very excited to visit Chicago for the first time. The primary reason we decided to visit Chicago is for the Renegade Festival over the weekend. We have been to the festival in Austin, but this is meant to top all Renegade's. 

The few East Coast Artists we have in Space are a huge hit. There must be something in the water over there because some of the most incredible concepts are created in the East, like Leroy's Place from Brooklyn. Her monsters, unicorns and laser penguins guarantee to put a smile on your face. If they fail to do so, have a few glasses of wine and revisit her work. 

Stay tuned Houston because some exciting new concepts will be making their way to Space in the upcoming months. We cannot wait to share all of our exciting finds with you. 
Look out Chicago because two crazy Texans are about to invade your city. 

Houston is a playground for corporate America.

As young adults we journeyed to Montrose to forget about Starbucks on every corner and Walmart's presence within a couple of miles to every home.  We would drive 30 minutes to grab coffee at Agora or Cafe Brasil to escape it all.
Over the last few years we're slowly seeing change in our city, but the change isn't fast or strong enough. People in this country and around the world are suffering because of Walmart "cutting down prices" with their happy face. I bet these people who make their products aren't too happy with the conditions they work on, or the money they get paid. Heck, some employees of your local Walmart don't seem to be happy themselves.

Most Independent businesses have a soul. 

Small businesses are owned by people who have so much passion behind an idea that they went for it. They took the chance to make something happen and are risking everything to bring something original to their community. How boring would this city be if the only type of place to eat was Chili's? How monotone would it be if the only place to buy a cute dress was Target?

We started Space Montrose a year and a half ago. The future holds our hands.

Since then, we've met the faces behind many incredible concepts and businesses in our country. Real people with great ideas and the best intentions to bring something original to this world. Some ideas are more complex than others -There are people who want to change the world and others who want to bring joy to people's lives with their creations.-

Keep mom and pop restaurants alive! Buy local and make an impact!

Dine at their places and keep little boutiques open by purchasing their goods. 
Buy local and keep the businesses that keep you inspired in existence. Buy local and keep the people behind businesses inspired to keep trying. 

The point of this post is to make you think. There is a reason for insanely low prices. 

The only way this world can change is if we make it happen. The individual.  
I understand we can't always afford to buy organic or shop independent, but when you can, do so. 
Be assured that when you shop in Space Montrose everything is made by real people in our country. People that have a vision. People that were so inspired they went for it.

Carlos and I had a lot of fun last week working on new displays for the store. We were inspired by all of the amazing talent we found over the weekend at a Festival we went to in Austin. We have several new things arriving daily. Tuesday we should have some new dresses by Madeline Wood. See you soon Houston!

The next few months we are hosting many fun events in Space for you to enjoy. To kick it off,  Saturday May 26th we are going to have one of the Cheesiest parties ever in Space- Literally! Exhibiting local Artists JP Nandin's take on Cheese in a series of posters. Join us for Live Music, Cheese and Art!

Our clients and exhibitors always find a way to inspire me. Saturday was not the typical busy day and I was starting to feel anxious about the coming Summer months. Summer is typically boiling hot which is stating the obvious to fellow Houstonians.
Then Sunday comes around and everything looks up!

We had such a great day today. So great that I am up at midnight making a new website that I can actually update with information for our artists and clients. It may not be the greatest website, but it will do for now. 
Today was epic.We had an incredible energy in our store and welcomed a new Artist. BabyBolt clothing is in Space as of today! My son was fortunate enough to be given a onsie by BabBolt that he is proudly showing off in this photo. 
Stop by Space to check out the coolest bibs you have ever seen in Houston. BabyBolt is Texas made and amazing. 
Summer is going to be exciting times for Space. Stay tuned for more Space updates.
Sweet Dreams World.

- Leila

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