On November 19th, 2016, in the heart of Mid-City, New Orleans native and local artist Kristin Malone opened a storefront stocked with handcrafted items that are exclusively made in the Deep South. From Texas to South Carolina, artisans are hard at work creating products you can feel good about getting and giving. With a focus on quality, affordability, and purity, you can buy gifts for home, for him, for her, and for them.
Simply, it's local lagniappe - that something extra we get by supporting our locals.
Bienvenue to HOME MALONE.
A little history:
May 2011: Home Malone was formed as a part-time hobby. The studio space was an alley carport in Lakeview. First sale was a refinished chair sold through Craigslist.
August 2011-March 2013: Home Malone joins The Creole Cottage space, a store on Magazine street selling refinished furniture and other home decor. Along with refinished furniture, Kristin begins adding hand painted, distressed wood signs. Custom work request increases.
October 2013: Home Malone begins wholesaling rustic wood signs which are still best sellers, landing in stores like Detour NOLA and Fleurty Girl.
January 2014: Kristin leaves her full time job in industrial sales to pursue Home Malone full time - still working in industrial sales part time.
April 2014: First market set up at Harrison Avenue Market and begins taking on custom art requests
Fall 2014: Wholesale accounts expand as well as market venues. Home Malone moves into a studio space at St. Vincent's Guest house on Magazine Street.
Feb 2015: Home Malone is commissioned to create an 8ft x 8ft outlined mural for the grand opening on Le Meridien in downtown New Orleans.
August 2015: Home Malone's first #PaintYourNOLA paint party hosted at Le Meridien and featured on News With A Twist.
Fall 2015: Home Malone is accepted into Palmer Park and Covington Three Rivers.
2016: Furniture refinishing is phased out as paint party bookings increase and larger art market participation expands to Red River Revel, Peter Anderson Festival.
June 2016: Home Malone leads a paint party at Sopo, located in Mid City. The event led to a request for another paint party at Sopo's store, but found out the store was moving uptown.
September 2016: Home Malone secures the lease and moves to the Mid City location and hires an employee.
November 2016: Home Malone retail opens it's doors.
2017: Kristin steps away from her part-time sales industrial sales job to focus on her new pregnancy, the growing storefront and paint parties.
Fall 2017: Home Malone retail celebrates one year with a new baby and a full heart to see the community's support for local made product.
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