Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Steampunk Halloween

I came in for my Tuesday morning shift at Otherworlds and discovered that Ahren and Brynn have put out all the new Halloween accessories. Coming into this place is magical:

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Otherworlds

If you could open your own store, what would it look like? What would you sell? Would your customers have a typical retail experience, or would you transport them to another world? New entrepreneurs would be wise to stop by Otherworlds in Edmonds, Washington for a truly original example of how to make a business something magical. Otherworlds is a new store specializing in steampunk, fantasy, science fiction, and classic horror. (Just imagine H.P. Lovecraft, Neil Gaiman, Jules Verne, and Nikola Tesla all sipping absinthe together from a Victorian tea set.) Otherworlds sells books, board games, steampunk hats and goggles, skull-shaped sugar cubes, earrings made from clock gears, Venus flytraps, retro art flasks, and endless other delightful things. For the month of August, you can even buy scalemail leather gloves made by Metal Artisan Studios. Owners Brynn and Ahren have poured their passion and creative talent into decorating the store. Should you come in to play games at the tables in the back, you'll find the perfect magical setting. The Otherworlds grand opening took place on June 30th. I hadn't seen the store since the beginning of June, Ahren and Brynn were running around through piles of sawdust, recruiting every friend and relative they had to paint furniture and walls.
Imagine my surprise when I showed up for the grand opening:
There were costumes...
Tea leaf readings...
And even a silhouette artist...
The store was so busy it took me an hour to get Ahren and Brynn in one place for a picture:
Here are some pictures from around the store:
Every month, Otherworlds exhibits and sells the work of local artists. Here are a few pieces of this month's art, made by Yvette Endrijautzki and other artists from Nautilus Studios:
For those of you who are familiar with the TV shows Firefly and Serenity, Otherworlds and Seattle Browncoats have teamed up to sell Serenity merchandise in the store to raise money for various charities.
Otherworlds also holds events at their store. Stop by at 7PM on August 18th for the Summer Shivers ghost story readings by the Seattle Storyteller's Guild. Show up in your best steampunk costume for a 10% discount. And follow Otherworlds on Facebook and Twitter.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Bo Huff's Rockabilly Car Show

Last weekend was the annual Bo Huff's Rockabilly Car Show in East Carbon (a.k.a. Dragerton), Utah last weekend. I've wanted to go to this show for years. My brother takes his rat rods there every year, and always comes back with tales of rockabilly debauchery and Bo Huff antics. This year, I finally got to see it for myself. After spending a couple of days in sinful Las Vegas, and another in creepy-Salt Lake City, my boyfriend and I drove to Dragerton in the magic light of early evening.
East Carbon is about a three-hour drive southeast of Salt Lake city. Continue on Highway 191 another half hour and you'd be in Green River. East Carbon is one of several small coal mining towns in east-central Utah. It's built right along the railroad tracks, and one main highway runs through the center. There's a Sinclair gas station, a grange hall, three churches (one Mormon, one Catholic, one Pentecostal), a small grocery store, Bo Huff's Hot Rod Museum, and a few little residential neighborhoods. Some of the homes are trailers, a few are ramshackle houses, but most are regular old middle American homes. On the day we arrived, the air was filled with the smell of rain on sagebrush.
As we pulled into town, we saw cars and people gathered at Bo Huff's museum/shop, and in front of the grange hall:
(Side note...Here's what I was wearing that day.)
We stopped at Bo Huff's to find out where my brother was. It was my first time meeting Bo Huff, and he really was as saucy as my brother had told me. He liked my Mardi Gras glasses, and told me with a mischievous smile, "Don't ever take those off. I don't ever want to see your face!" We then drove to the other end of town, to the park where the car show was to be held the following day. Here was where my brother and all his pals had their cars parked and tents set up for the weekend:
That night, those of the Cat Dragrz who were sober enough to drive or walk back up the hill to town went to the grange hall to hear a performance by the rockabilly band, Mad Max and the Wild Ones. The band is made up of three sons and their father (who plays a rockabilly pinstriped bass). Here's the soon-to-be-teen-heartthrob, Duke, lead singer of the band:
Early the next morning, we all crawled out of the tents. The Cat Dragrz complained of hangovers as they rolled their cars out onto the grass. They weren't the only ones setting up. Bo Huff's car show is part of East Carbon's 1950's themed annual Community Daze festival, so there were all kinds of food and craft booths setting up as well. There was even a tattoo booth, a Suavecito greaser pomade booth, and a barber tent where men lined up for pompadour haircuts. Here are some photos from the show:
In the upcoming weeks, I'll post more blog entries about specific people from the car show. Jason is currently editing the video footage we took. Stay tuned for updates on when we'll launch the Kickstarter fund drive for the custom cars documentary!