Compass Rose is very particular when choose which vendors we work with and bring their product into our shop. We want to support vendors that are hustling hard like us! Here are some of their stories...
All descriptions are from the makers themselves.
9th Letter Press
Through the years, we’ve focused on creating colorful and uniquely designed products for all celebrations and occasions. Because, let’s all agree, there’s always a reason to celebrate. Our hope is that our products are shared with loved ones, given to those that need a little sunshine on a rainy day, and sent “just because” you were thinking of them. The art of “snail mail” is a beautiful thing that we hope will continue to grow.
All Up In The Hair
I loved to draw as a kid growing up in Iowa and also enjoyed finding wildflowers in the woods. Since art college, I've worked from my home studio in Minneapolis area for a variety of clients. In recent years I explored creating illustrations in my graphic style of wildflowers and plants. My inspiration comes from the Arts and Crafts Movement, particularly in textiles and tiles.
Craftsman looked to native plants for decorative art themes. Rather than rendering them realistically, they eliminated detail and simplified the plants to abstract forms. I also prefer to draw from plants and wildlife around me in the Midwest. I draw them over and over until I find its essence in just a few lines.
I call my style Craftsman Nouveau art because it has its roots in tradition, but I give it a clean modern look to fit in contemporary lifestyles. My strength is in my simple elegant lines in rich color palettes.
My mission is to create beautiful and unique cards, prints, textiles and art for products for you to enjoy.
Copper Pearl was started in the summer of 2015 by two stay at home moms, Stephanie and Kristin (with a little help from their awesome husbands). Kristin is a red-head (a.k.a. the “copper”) and Stephanie is a blond (a.k.a. the “pearl”). Both couples always had the dream of starting their own business, and when they realized the lack of trendy and modern baby bibs on the market they seized the opportunity to create Copper Pearl.
Copper Pearl was originally created with the idea and hope to create a line of premium, trendy, and unique baby accessories and clothing. Each product that is sold goes through a rigorous design process to ensure that the designs chosen are both highly functional and fashionable. Stephanie has always had a knack for entrepreneurship; she started several neighborhood businesses as a child and always dreamed of starting her own "grown-up" business one day. Kristin has a degree in clothing construction and has always had a goal to start her own clothing line or fashion business. Kristin and Stephanie are passionate about the design of each product and hope to bring you one-of-a-kind baby products that you love to use!
Life has a funny way of bringing us full circle though - my son suffered a brain injury while at daycare and I felt that I needed to find a way to be home with him during his recovery. My then hobby had just turned itself into my job and etsy was calling.
It took some time for me to "find" myself and what spoke to me as an artist, and I really feel like my shop encompasses that now. I love natural fabrics, independent designers, and anything that catches my eye. I'm always developing something new, or tweaking an established design. My business background in marketing comes in handy often though, from managing wholesale contracts to social media, it keeps my skills fresh and my product pictures sharp.
Lakeside Clothing Company
Lakeside Clothing Company provides the style and comfort you would expect at the lake. Sail away, cast that line, and don't forget the sunscreen. Live it. Wear it. Lakeside.
Mona B is a lifestyle brand committed to producing high quality products while keeping sustainability in mind. Each bag in the Mona B Collection is an exclusive one-of-a-kind creation. We are continually designing in an effort to utilize materials that will impose less harm on the environment without compromising style. Each season we will continue to make conscience, creative choices while finding new innovative ways to remain sustainable and eco-friendly.
Pinwheel Print Shop
Pinwheel Print Shop is on a mission to create greetings that make you giggle. With a love of lettering, pretty paper and puns, I launched Pinwheel Print Shop in 2012. We aim to create sweet snail mail with just the right amount of sass. With bright fresh colors and sweet little lettering, Pinwheel cards are sure to brighten your mailbox. Each Pinwheel greeting starts with hand-lettering and illustration, is printed on 100% recycled paper and gets assembled and shipped from our Cincinnati studio.
Purple Prairie Botanicals
Purple Prairie Botanicals is a "Zero Waste" company where any materials which might be regarded as waste are either recycled, re-used, composted, reclaimed, or brought back into the production cycle. All invoices, brochures and other paper materials printed for our customers by Purple Prairie Botanicals is a minimum 35% post consumer waste material. We use minimal/recyclable packaging and recycle/reuse everything possible during the production process. We re-use all shipping material(boxes/packing peanuts, etc.) that arrive with our ingredient purchases. All of the office supplies we use are repurposed, reused or recycled. The packaging material we use to cushion your order is 100% repurposed/reused bubble wrap, peanuts and newsprint salvaged and cleaned from other companies and individuals.
Katherine Waymire, President of Talisman Designs, started the company in 2002 making handmade wine accessories in her home. Fast forward to now and Talisman Designs is a known brand in the gift and housewares industries. With a range of products from Beechwood utensils and measuring spoons and top selling gadgets such as Butter Boy and the 1-Piece Adjustable Pie Shield, Talisman Designs is never short on creativity.
UnWined Candle Company
We love candles, so in 2010 we started Unwined Candle Company. We handcraft our candles from start to finish with a lot of love and attention to detail and we know that you'll see (and smell) the difference. Checkout the links below to learn a little more about us and hear what others are saying about Unwined. We want to thank everyone for your continued support!
UR Bath Co.
UR Bath & Body has handcrafted some of the finest bath and body products to inspire a sense of self, create a sense of joy and to allow you the opportunity to express your love to others. Our products are handmade by those that are transitioning out of crisis. We offer a place of employment that empowers and promotes women’s independence from challenging family and abusive circumstances. When you indulge in our products you can be assured that your purchase is lifting up, rebuilding, reshaping and promoting those women that desire to chart a new course for their lives and their children. UR is a loving affirmation of all that you can become and all that can be realized with a loving hand extended. The Bronx in New York City – It’s the inspiration behind the UR Bath & Body brand. While visiting a women’s homeless shelter in New York City, Tracy noticed the director greeted each woman that walked through the door with a “UR” affirmation. “You are strong”, “You are brave”, “You are fearless”, that inspired Tracy to create products to inspire a sense of self, naming each product after an uplifting attribute.