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Lissy Elle On Flickr, fascination, and finding adventure in the everyday.


“ foodie top 5” cafe guide to montreal OUR FAVORITE SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY

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ABOUT US/PUBLISHER’S LETTER I once heard it said that there are two types of people in business: the workhorses and the show ponies. The workhorses put their heads down and struggle toward their goals, resigned to a long, grueling trek. The show ponies, on the other hand, confidently trot out their accomplishments and their cleverness for anyone who will listen. One is too modest; the other too boastful. Here at Show Pony Magazine, we believe the most inspiring entrepreneur falls somewhere in the middle: the driven, business-savvy individual who makes a living doing work they love. It’s the BBQ chef who transforms a tiny Chicago rib joint into a neighborhood hot spot. It’s the pottery artisans who blend traditional techniques and local materials into unforgettable pieces. It’s the doll maker who sells her whimsical creations and the painter with commissioned works. These are the kinds of people you’ll meet in our pages. Not multimillionaire CEOs, not hedgefund managers, not self-proclaimed business gurus, but creative entrepreneurs who have turned their vision into a livelihood. Of course, they’re too busy being amazing artists and living their passion to be boastful show ponies, but, as you’ll see, their work clearly deserves to be celebrated. That’s where Show Pony comes in.

Whether you dream of opening a diner, starting a fashion line, or pursuing your creativity some other way, you’ll meet trailblazing entrepreneurs who have turned their artistic talent into thriving business. Hear their stories. Learn how they did it. Avoid their mistakes. Think of it as part education, part inspiration. Of course, it’s also a community. Every small-business owner faces challenges, and sometimes the thing that keeps you going is just hearing someone else say, “Hey, I’ve been there too, and I got through it.” The more we support each other, the more we empower ourselves as artists. Those aren’t just empty words. This inaugural issue would not have been possible without the blood, sweat, and tears of like-minded artists and visionaries. We look forward to cultivating that same support system for you. (Not to mention introducing you to amazing small businesses all around the country where you can shop, dine, and be inspired.) So, explore these pages. Get to know some kindred spirits. Reach out and tell us what you think. Above all, keep pursuing your creative dreams. Because true joy isn’t about just making a living; it’s about making a life.

REBECCA HILL Editor-in-Chief/ Director of Photography Photo by Ala Cortez



SHOW PONY CONTENTS 13 Finding the Beauty in the

Unruly & Imperfect

Michelle Scott takes us on a journey through the mysteries of her grandfather’s film, and her adventure of a lifetime.

30 Shop Local Our independent business guide to our favorite establishments in The Coachella Valley.

4 Built on a Solid Foundation Tina Carter and Aaron Brouwer share how their love of climbing, family and one another, allowed them to build a thriving restaurant.

62 Lissy Elle On Flickr, fascination, and finding adventure in the everyday.

90 First Person with Sonia Roselli How do you proceed if your bank rescinds your small business loan? Makeup artist Sonia Roselli rose to the challenge and opened her doors anyway.

100 Mister Wagner’s Neighborhood Honky Tonk chef brings championship BBQ and down-home hospitality to Chicago.

108 Foodie Top Five: Montreal Publisher and photographer Chantelle Grady gives us a tour of her favorite Montreal Cafes.

50 Handmade Home Venice California based artist Alison Frey uses vintage materials and organic dyes to create a handmade and heartfelt home.

Inside The Women of Guatemala: From Artisan to Entrepreneur

One Love Organics: Learn More About the Founding Partners

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David Cenko

Editor-in-Chief/ Director of Photography

Art Director

11 Kylie Sig

Jeff Edsell


Web Developer

11 Scott Beach


Legal & Public Policy Editor

Contact Kylie at submit@

A special thanks to all those who made this issue possible Jenna Baltes

Makeup Artist

Aaron Brouwer Photography

Tina Carter


Christina Durkton

Chantelle Grady

Arlene Matthews

Michelle Scott

Lissy Elle

Chad Husar

Brooke O’Neill

Steve Surratt



Brandon Frein Fashion Editor

Photography Photography

Jeremy Lawson

Fashion Editor



Photography Photography











When did you begin rock climbing? We both started rock climbing in 1995 in a little gym in Naperville, Illinois. Ironically, we both started climbing at the same time in the same gym but never met! Can you explain the difference between rock and mountain climbing? Rock climbing involves technical climbing up rock faces and cliffs as opposed to climbing or hiking up the side of a mountain.

In what ways did climbing change your life? Climbing changed our lives, that is a perfect way to say it. Climbing has inspired us and given us confidence in ourselves. It has enhanced our love of the outdoors and fostered community and friendships. Through climbing we have also learned to challenge our fears, build fitness, strength, and of course, it is how we met!

Did your desire to incorporate climbing into your life influence your decision to open a business? Our love of climbing and being a part of the climbing community brought the need for more restaurant variety to our attention. These elements inspired us to open the Rockhouse. We also wanted to bring a passion for good food to an

impoverished area of eastern Kentucky. There are many great local farmers and we wanted to bring the local farming community to their own people. We hope to encourage our customers to eat in a farm to table way. How did you fund opening the restaurant? We had a private investor who funded the entire operation and to whom we are very grateful!








What was the catalyst for opening the restaurant? Our daughter was a main catalyst for opening the restaurant. We wanted to raise her in an area where she will get more nature in her life, and where we can get out and climb regularly as a family. We want to raise her in a climbing community that we love. What aspect of the local community made you choose to open your business in Campton? The Red River Gorge is world renowned for its climbing and hiking. Although its resources are highly sought after, there is very little development and it is generally very poor. Most people will not invest in the area because of the risk, but we saw this as an opportunity to provide some variety, good food, and beer. We wanted a place that people coming from around the world would like to enjoy after climbing or on rest days.

Did becoming parents influence your choice to build a life in Kentucky? Becoming parents definitely influenced our decision to move out of the city of Chicago and to small town Kentucky. We wanted a slower pace life for our daughter and for ourselves as well. Describe your experience opening a restaurant at the peak of the recession. Opening a restaurant was a huge leap of faith. We were so blessed to be supported by our good friend Chad who invested in us. Though

we know it is a recession, everyone needs to eat and when you are out of town, you are less likely to want to cook. Opening a restaurant in a low competition, destination area seemed like a good idea. The Red River Gorge has only grown in its tourism since the recession as people have stayed closer to home for vacations. It is a seasonal business but the winter is a good time to rest and recoup. Having the experience of being wedding photographers has prepared us for winter breaks.



How has your business been received by the community and existing business in the area? The Rockhouse has been well received in the area. We have really tried to reach out to everyone and welcome them into our establishment. We let people know that we are excited to be a part of this community, and our intention is not take anything away from it. Being the new kids in town, we did get a little skepticism but I think we are winning all the local hearts. We purposely offer foods different than what is already being offered to bring variety. This ensures that we do not compete with the great businesses that are already firmly established in the hearts of this community. What was the greatest challenge in opening the restaurant? One of the greatest challenges to opening was redoing the entire building, design, and construction ourselves. Aaron, Rob and August, spent months tearing out the walls, ceilings and some framing to create the final layout that Aaron envisioned for the Rockhouse. We reused every bit of material as

well to make it more ecofriendly. They took down a shed and reused the wood for the trim, bar and wall accents. They raised the ceilings to give more space and put in skylights to give more natural light. Aaron designed the deck to incorporate the current landscape and the boys built the entire thing. What has been the greatest reward of opening Rockhouse? The greatest reward is serving our community and all the great people we get to meet. Meeting people from all walks of life is so inspiring and a reward in itself. We are so excited to do what we can to give back to a community we love so much.

How has the restaurant contributed to the community you serve? The restaurant has helped the community in many ways. We work with several local farms to get our pork, beef, cheese, flour and vegetables. We provide jobs for climbers and locals in town for the season. We also have live music from local bluegrass bands to support the local arts, and we used Many Moons Designs amazing reclaimed Kentucky barn wood tables and counters.

Left to Right -- August Wasilowski, Rob Hrabik, John Mitchell, Tina Carter, Ayla, Audrey Robertson, Aaron Brouwer Katherine West

What do you hope the life you have chosen will give your daughter? We hope this life gives her a sense of adventure: to take risks and do something inspired by your passions to provide for yourself and your family. She will have more than a mom and a dad, but a whole community of people looking out for her, teaching her and loving her.

How may jobs have you created? We have created about a dozen jobs and more to come as we grow!

Red River Rockhouse 4000 Route 11 - Campton, KY







I recently lost my job and am eligible to collect unemployment. I have an idea for a small business I want to start and think this would be a good time for me to give it a try. Can I collect unemployment while I am putting all this together? - Kim Q

Scott Beach is a writer and consultant who specializes in public policy issues that effect small business owners.

ANSWER: Hi Kim. I’m sorry to hear about your recent job loss. If you are fortunate enough to live in one of those states you Managing the burdens of unemployment is never easy, and can collect SEA if you are 1) eligible for regular unemployment it’s particularly hard in this economy. But, seeing your new compensation, 2) permanently laid off from a previous job, found freedom as an opportunity to become self-employed 3) identified as likely to exhaust unemployment compensation and start that business you’ve always dreamed of can also benefits, and 4) participate in self-employment activities make this an exciting time. Having the extra including entrepreneurial training, business cushion of unemployment compensation counseling, and technical assistance. SEA Technically, you while you get started would obviously benefits are the same amount and last the be a great help. Unfortunately, the short can even lose your same number of weeks as your weekly answer is that you are not allowed to collect unemployment compensation. However, benefits if you unemployment if you are self-employed. spend one hour a SEA participants are not eligible for any of Technically, you can even lose your benefits the recent emergency unemployment week working on if you spend one hour a week working on extensions or the permanent extended starting a business benefits. Most states offer 26 weeks of starting a business. In life and the law there are always exceptions though. In this case the exception is a little publicized, little used U.S. Department of Labor program called Self-Employment Assistance (SEA). Its purpose is to offer people who qualify for regular unemployment benefits the opportunity to focus on starting their own business instead of searching for another job. Like regular unemployment benefits, SEA is run through each state’s employment assistance office. Right now it is only a voluntary program – meaning individual states are not required under federal law to offer SEA. Currently only ten states have an SEA program: California, Delaware, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

initial unemployment compensation, so when choosing between SEA and regular unemployment compensation you should think about whether or not you can get by without those extended benefits. If you want to pursue SEA you should ask your state employment assistance office when filing for unemployment or as soon after as possible. Even if your state is not listed above you should check since a number of states only added SEA recently and others may add programs at any time. Good luck! If you would like Scott to answer your questions, please send an email to

Show Pony provides general information only. Show Pony does not guarantee the accuracy of this information. This is not legal advice. Show Pony is not responsible for any legal advice, information, or assistance that you may obtain by using the Show Pony website. You can only obtain legal advice from a lawyer. To contact a lawyer, use a referral system in your state.



Photograph by Chad Husar

When Michelle Scott discovered her grandfather won the first Academy Award for documentary film making she was understandably intrigued. Uncovering the mysteries of his journey became the focus of her work and the adventure of a lifetime. PHOTOGRAPHY by MICHELLE SCOTT





Are you formally trained

Who / what most

immediately intoxicated

in any of the disciplines

influences your

with Richard Avedon’s,

you practice?

aesthetic style?

timeless, black and white

Yes, I have formal training

As a painter, I was

portraits. He was truly a

with a BA from Kennesaw

most influenced by the

State University in Georgia,

impressionism era; it is

with a concentration in

where I fell in love with

First, thanks for the

painting and drawing.

paint. From the unruly

compliment! In my college

I also completed extra

color palette and imperfect

years, I made a conscious

courses in photography

lines of Oscar Kokoschka,

decision that I would work

during this time, getting

to the contemporary

to develop my skills as an

me closer to a minor in

bold, energetic, brush

artist. With that, it meant

Photography. I continued

strokes of Atlanta based

being well-rounded not

my education in the later

portrait artist Steve Penley.

only in my strong suit of

years with photography

Romare Bearden’s collages

painting, but also being

seminars and classes to

touched me with his

open to new mediums that

keep my skill expanding in

southern soulful prints.

inspired me.

the field.

In photography, I was

You are a painter and a photographer. How did you develop such a wellrounded artistic sensibility and technical skill set?

master and his portraits always commanded your presence. Most recently, in exploring my new body of work on Kukan, I find myself looking towards the graphic compositions of 1940’s movie posters, and old illustrations from Western novels. They help me convey the time period of the images I am working in.

But, if you are committed, I know you will see results. You have to just be willing to do whatever it takes.�

see results. You have to just be willing to do whatever it takes.

Please describe your reaction to finding your grandfathers’ photographs, and learning of his work on this film. When I first found the photographs in a dusty box at my dad’s house, I was intrigued. After going through the first handful of images, I knew I had stumbled upon something special. I immediately wanted to see more and know more. When I inquired with my father who they belonged to and where they had come from, There is a stereotype

Joe’s frozen burritos were

there is a way. You will find

of the starving artist:

becoming a staple in my

a way to make it work.

particularly with painting.

diet. There were a few years

So with that, yes, I have

Is there any truth to

when I actually surprised

been able to supplement

this, or have you been

myself at the end of the year

my living with my art

able to make a living

when I did the numbers. I

comfortably for the past

with your art?

wouldn’t say by the worlds’

four years.

Well let’s just say I have

standards I was widely

The best advice anyone ever

seen both sides of the spectrum. When I first moved to Chicago in 2008, I was trying to support myself half art and half

financially successful, but it was pretty amazing that I had earned that much income from a brush, a panel of wood,

gave me on the subject was, “its not going to be easy”. You will be up late hours when people are sleeping. You will stay home to paint

freelance work. To some

and some paint.

degree it was a success,

I have always been a strong

on the town. But if you are

but lets just say Trader

believer that if there is a will

committed, I know you will

when your friends are out

I was quite mystified. First off, how could no one in my family never mention that my grandfather won an Academy Award? Secondly, I was dumfounded at what an extraordinary journey he had been on: over four years in China, solo, in uncharted territory. He dedicated his life to making a film, with no guarantees of being received back home. His passion captivated me from the start.


What was the catalyst

and carrying them on

this was something that

for you to start this

to new audiences in this

needed to be shared.

series of work?

generation. To me, this

I create this work for

The catalyst for starting

meant creating a large

the impact of hopefully

body of work that was still

inspiring new generations

contemporary while using

with a tale of courage

these historic images. After

and dedication. I want to

connecting with Robin,

honor my grandfather, and

the producer for “Finding

preserve his memory and

Kukan�, it became clear

his extraordinary talent.

this work was after I had learned more about the history behind the images. I wanted to go about the best way I knew of getting them preserved,

I create this work for the impact of hopefully inspiring new generations with a tale of courage and dedication.






wonderful. We have all been involved and more committed to preserving

How long have you been working on this series, and how has it evolved from the beginning? I have been working since beginning of 2009. It has had lulls in between, but after signing a contract for a solo show at 2 Rules Gallery in Georgia, it has been a clear path of

his work. It is my goal to have everyone, all the Scott’s, come out to the show opening in October. It would be the first time we have all been together in years!

What has been the greatest challenge of creating the Kukan series

getting it to some sort of

of paintings?

completion. It has evolved

My greatest challenge

because at first it was just

would have to be finding

something I was doing for

the actual images. There

myself and for my family,

are still a large number

but now is more about

that I have seen published

bringing this story to the

in brochures and flyers that

people in my generation.

I can’t seem to locate. On a personal level, it has

What personal impact has

been challenging at times

this project had on you

when I’m alone in my

and your family?

studio, working tirelessly.

It has brought the family

Sometimes the fear gets

a little closer in regards to connecting with the past. I have traveled around to the brothers’ houses in different states, collecting whatever information they had, and hearing their stories. It has been

the best of me, and I wonder...”what the hell am I doing! What if no one gets it, or for that matter even cares!” The thought of doing it for my grandfather and for myself is what keeps me going. Above: Portrait of a Lady Right: Comeback Kids


What has been the greatest

Can you please share

Can you please tell us


your future goals and

about the documentary

The greatest reward was

aspirations for your work

film being made about

at my first showing of this

as an artist?


work, and seeing how the

My future goal, one of

“Finding Kukan” is a

imagery, and the story,

which is currently in the

documentary film in

was having an impact on

works, is to have this

progress that tracks

people. I knew I was on

body of work be shown

Robin Lung and other

the right track when I was

in conjunction with the

investigators, such as

approached by a collector

original film, photographs,

myself, as we reach into

who said, “the painting

and newspaper articles

the past and the mysteries

and story moved me to

about Kukan. I believe the

surrounding the Academy

tears: I have to have it.”

story is worth sharing. I

Award winning film

That reaction is the kind of

want to create a traveling

“Kukan.” How did the

impact I was going for.

show where the story

inexperienced film makers

continues to be brought

Rey Scott (my grandfather)

back to life.

and Chinese native, Li Ling


Ai, go about getting the attention of the President of the United States and Hollywood Elite? How did he manage to trek across the undeveloped paths of China and get access to Chinese leaders such as Chiang Kai-shek without succumbing to danger? How was the film lost for all these years? As the investigation unfolds, we discover forgotten chapters in history.

To discover more about Robin Lung’s documentary “Finding Kukan” please visit her website

Michelle Scott - Mixed Media Artist

Photography by Rebecca Hill

SHOP LOCAL Glen Coy was a high school student when he started Epidemic Skateshop with a few friends. Ten years later he owns a thriving business,

Artwork by Ron Cameron

“My whole family didn’t think it was going to be a long lasting business: that this was just going to be a little project we wanted to do.” Ten years later, I had the pleasure of interviewing Glen Coy at his thriving skate shop, Epidemic. He started the business during his senior year of high school with the help of a few friends and a small business loan co-signed by his family. Twenty thousand dollars and a six hundred square foot space were the beginning of not only a career for Glen, but a cornerstone of the Palm Desert skate community. Epidemic offers its customers a great selection of independent and established brands. However, their

contributions to the community are what makes Epidemic stand out the competition. “The community for us is the most important thing. When people come into the shop 90 percent of the time we know who they are, and we know them by name. People come back for that reason.” Epidemic Skateshop 72363 Hwy 111 Suite A2 Palm Desert, CA 92260

For more of our interview with Glen Coy please click this video link.





AFRON HANSONv Artist Aaron Hansen has embarked on a journey of self-discovery and personal expression. “Inspire the 10� is a series of murals that begin in Southern California and will eventually reach Florida. Aaron searches for walls facing Interstate 10, and after gaining permission, paints murals that reflect the positive messages he wants to share.


photography by rebecca hill

Tell us about Inspire the 10? The Inspire the 10 project is basically the story of someone following the path their heart has set forth. The objective is to show everyone the possibilities of having faith in themselves. The way I’m trying to accomplish that is by taking my love for art on the road, and painting murals for free on Interstate 10. The project is me trying to lead by example. When its completed, I hope that everyone who hears the story will embark on their own journey.

How are you funding it? The most difficult part of the project is trying to fund the trip, but that is also part of believing in myself. Ideally, I would like to just take off and paint walls until I hit Florida However, I can only go as far as my wallet will allow. I am heading to Houston for an “Inspire the 10” art show at JoMar Studios so I hope that exhibition will help out a lot. A previous art show I held at Venus Art Space in Palm Desert, CA got us all the way to Texas, but its pretty much whatever funds I can get together. A lot of help from friends of friends has gotten this project up and running, and the network is building really quickly.

“I hope that everyone who hears the story will embark on their own journey”





Your murals have a distinct style, will this be your signature throughout the trip? I can’t really say what the style will look like going forward. Most of the murals are made up on the spot. The style and look of the pieces is evolving just as rapidly as the artists working on the murals. I’m excited to see what the progression of the art looks like once we get all the photos together!


Besides your murals, can you tell us about your other art endeavors? Paint and spray paint are my favorite mediums. The majority of my gallery work is done on found wood or metal, and I rarely work on canvas. Assemblage and sculpture is something I have been finding myself trying lately. Graphic design is also a fun world of possibility; it helps me see my idea and try different options before I make it tangible. ScreenAaron Hansen, Artist

printing is also really fun and such a strong method to know.



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622 N. Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs, CA 92262

The name speaks for itself; it is simply, The Hood. House of good grunge, good beer, good live music, and good late night eats; many frequent this local dive bar. The Hood is an eclectic joint that reeks of young people, which is an arguably respectable fixation, since young people are hard to come by in the valley. If you enjoy spray paint, psychedelic art, loud music, playing pool, a crowded bar, and a smoke-filled patio, The Hood is your place. With ample bar tenders and NY style pizza slices so big that you have to fold it in half to take a bite, The Hood promises pleasure! Dig The Hood; you won’t regret it!

Gypsy Thrift is a sparkling gem located in the high desert sands. A little flair, a little wild, a little vintage, and a lot of bizarre; Gypsy Thrift speaks miles to the frequent thrift-goer. Where someone else’s junk can substantially become your treasure, this shop is stock piled with unique clothes, shoes, jewelry, and various collectibles. Intend to spend an extra hour ooh’n and ahh’n while browsing their eclectic/retro/ unique selection of furniture and record collections next door. A little pricier then your average thrift shop, but definitely worth your consideration! Discover Gypsy Thrift; you won’t leave empty handed!

Simple. Sleek. Stylish. Located in downtown Palm Springs, Birba houses an open-air outdoor bar & restaurant dining landscape. Equipped with a full bar, mod décor, fire pits, and live music; Birba aims to please. Birba is a chic hipster take on Italian cuisine, offering high quality food set at reasonable prices. Birba’s pizzas are Veggie friendly and also have a gluten free crust option. Pleasant staff, vibing atmosphere, signature drinks, and a young crowd; Birba will be a place that you not only want to try once but will want to come back for more! Enjoy Palm Spring’s summer nights at their finest with this outdoor-only dining wonder!


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73-580 El Paseo Palm Desert, CA 92260 760-340-3040

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81201 Indio Blvd Indio, CA 92201 760-342-6631

Offering a luminous outdoorsy bar to enjoy the few extra hours of sunlight that daylight savings has kindly graced us with, Fix, is your spot. With reasonable prices, stellar beats, and an amicable staff, Fix perfects the alluring ambiance. Creperie by day, this Palm Desert locale offers a French- inspired breakfast & lunch menu equipped with a full coffee + tea bar. Happy Hour Hotspot by night, indulge in a fine beer, a saucy sangria, and the kitchen’s fresh gourmet tapas. Fix is set in the heart of El Paseo, the Coachella Valley’s premiere fashion strip and art gallery walkway. Scope the desert’s boutique landscape and catch a sherbert- tinged sunset while sipping on Fix’s finest!

Located off the beaten path in the famed Pioneertown, Pappy and Harriet’s is bordered by an old Western town movie set and the lush desert landscape. Cowboy sightings galore, refreshing beer in mason jars, and impeccable tasting and smelling BBQ; Pappy & Hariet’s will surely keep your senses satisfied. Go for the thrill of local and popular live music, the starry desert night sky, the long bearded locals, or simply a good ol’ Western fashioned time! If you visit the desert, you must experience the magic of this roadhouse saloon; and, if not for the Honky Tonk goodness, go for the jukebox selection!

When you are in search of the ultimate fast food, The Burger Box is the truest. It is a little burger joint that is also a gas stop/mini market located directly off of Indio Boulevard. It is an order-atthe-counter style setting; the menu is a combination of burgers, sandwiches, and Mexican delights. The seating is an outdoor patio with picnic tables and blue & white striped umbrellas. Don’t come here for allure, appeal, or an eye-catching experience, because The Burger Box will be neither of these; but do come for the food! The burgers and round cut fries are simple tasting; yet, delicious! This is what fast food should taste like! If you crave a greasy spoon and are traveling in the area, then, alas, The Burger Box will suffice you!


Support your local

radical lesbian potter


Sadie and Emma began collaborating by making clay gnomes on their first date. Their shared dedication to craft has now grown into a successful pottery business.

Photography and Interview by Rebecca Hill



I was frustrated in art school, making performance art. I wanted to be a craftsperson, but it was looked down upon in that environment.”

Please elaborate on how you began working together, and how your collaboration has developed. Sadie: We started working together because we had crushes on each other (still do). Our first collaboration/date was making ceramic gnomes in Emma’s studio. Emma: Sadie teased me for making dumb performance art and I wanted to impress her really bad so I started throwing again.

Sadie: Now that I am a full time

What inspired you to work in this

Sadie: The pottery started because

student, our collaboration has shifted


I wanted Emma to make me my

a bit. Emma is taking on more of the

favorite pots, the ones I have

business side responsibilities and I

Emma: I was frustrated in art school,

dreamed of owning forever.

am cheering her on.

Emma: When people saw these pots

Emma: Sadie still tells me if I make

down upon in that environment.

they kept asking if they could buy

something ugly, this honest feedback

When I met Sadie she enabled

them. We thought, woah, we could

is the most valuable thing a potter

me to break free from the strictly

make a little money doing this.

could ever wish for.

conceptual and into the tangible.

making performance art. I wanted to be a craftsperson, but it was looked

She helped me shift my focus from process to finished product, which is very un-art school. I love making useful things for people.

How has your work changed and developed since you began? Sadie: Emma’s skill as a potter has grown enabling us to create new designs and develop more exciting glazes.





Who or what inspires your aesthetic choices? Sadie: We both love the Shakers aesthetic and mountains. I read too much “Anne of Green Gables” and want my own Sadie’s house of dreams, hence our candle stick design. Emma: I am inspired by bad ass lady potters of the past: Edith Heath, Marguerite Wildenhain, and Toshiko Takaezu are my favorites. I also draw upon depression era thrift and falling down barns. Photo of Emma’s father during his college days



I am inspired by bad ass lady potters of the past: a Heath, Marguerite Wildenhain, and Toshiko Takaezu are my favorites. I also draw upon depression era thrift and falling down barns.�



Can you elaborate on your

Was it always your intention to

Do you have any advice for

commitment to creating

sell your work, or did it begin as

fellow artisans who aspire

handmade goods?

a hobby?

to build a business?

Sadie: Emma and I generally prefer

Emma: When I was eleven, I strolled

Sadie: Be skilled and patient, when

handmade goods in our own lives

by a ceramic store and requested

you make beautiful useful products

and there is a lack of handmade

pottery lessons. When I was 17, my

people will catch on.

tableware available in our

mentor encouraged me to go to

Also, is a great way

communities. Once you start to use

business school and start a pottery

for a small business to accept credit

handmade plates and cups daily it

business, but this advice fell on

card payments.

is hard to go back to factory made

deaf ears. I am glad I met Sadie and

pots. We want everyone to have this

she helped me figure out a way to

Emma: Only grow your business

specialness available to them!

support my hobby with a business.

Emma: We also want to contribute to the growth of local economies and support ethical food production. As a potter, I can create a surface for organic food to be prepared and eaten off of, completing the seed to table process.

as the Shakers said,”Beauty rests of utility.”

What has been the greatest challenge of starting a business?

Is there anything you would

Emma: We did not know anything

like to add?

about business starting out:

Thank you everyone who has

there was a sharp learning curve. The greatest limiting factor has been starting capitol, but we have been

Do you feel that choosing to

with cash, do not use credit. And

creative and are still chugging along.

supported us thus far and thank you future people who will buy our pots.

purchase products made by hand contributes to the well being of our economy? Sadie: We contribute to a more sustainable economy, one not predicated on forced obsolescence and fads. Our products are made of durable stoneware and will last a lifetime with care. Our customers not only get an awesome

What has been the most rewarding aspect?

Sadie & Emma Pottery Co.

Sadie: When we have received photos of people using our pots in their homes, it is heartwarming. Emma: I love being a working artist, supported by customers instead of by the gallery scene.

pot, they also get the satisfaction of buying an earth friendly product and supporting a local artisan. I think people are searching for connection and we offer an alternative to the impersonal big box store. The money you spend stays in the community when you buy local. Cool, huh?

For more of our interview with Sadie and Emma please click this video link







Tell us about your space.

were needed at least three

How much influence did

Our home is a 2500

bedrooms and two baths.

you have in designing

Since lofts this big and

your space?

open are hard to find we

A lot from an overall

square foot timber loft in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. The space was built as an awning factory at the turn of the twentieth century. It was converted into condos in 1990 and we purchased the space in 2009. We bought it because we love the open feel, the light, the brick-

knew we’d do the space and ourselves a disservice if we did not put a lot of thought into the build out. We lived in it for a year so we could get an intimate feel for how we would use the space before we started construction.

work and the high beamed ceilings. Also it was big enough to house the family we were planning, it has a unique vintage look and feel, and it is in a vibrant neighborhood close to downtown.

What were the processes that lead you to find the contractor you used? Ask everyone we could think of for recommendations and interview. We sought out a

What made you decide

to us and also bring their

to go with a completely

own ideas to the table.

custom build out?

Out was anyone who we

The space is so unique it

thought wanted to plop

purchased the apartment it had been unchanged since 1990. At that time the neighborhood was undesirable and the conversion was done cheaply with Formica cabinets and track lighting. It was a two bedroom, one bath and the bedrooms were open to the rest of the apartment. There was no privacy. We

really listened to us when we said we wanted this remodel to make the space look like it could have been here 100 years ago. We wanted materials and designs that worked in tandem with the beautiful brick work and

partner who would listen

begged for it. When we

vision standpoint. Dan

a suburban home in the middle of our loft. On our property search we saw a lot of lofts with crown moldings and 42” cherry cabinets, an aesthetic that is incongruous and anachronistic to old loft spaces. During the interview we really wanted to feel that the contractor “got” us, and Dan really did. No one else came close.

hardwood beams that were already here. We created a wish book that included photographs we liked clipped from all sorts of design magazines and websites. We gave him swatches of furniture we had ordered, like the teal sofa, and he picked paint colors that went with everything and pulled the whole space together. We didn’t have to micromanage, rather Dan really got it. There was a lot of head nodding when he presented ideas, and he made it all come together.


Why was it important to

costs involved. Second,

include Eco-friendly and

you might not find exactly

recyclable materials into

what you need. It makes

your design?

the space quirkier, which

Where possible we wanted

we embrace. Paying extra

to keep materials out of landfills while giving our space a unique look. Plus, you can’t get the look we got by any way other than using recycled materials. The barn wood used for the buffet and kitchen and

labor did not bother us as we’d rather our dollars went to pay for local artisans than to buy something made in a factory hundreds or thousands of miles from Chicago.

the recycled doors give the sense of history to this place that we desperately wanted.

Can you please describe some of the custom artwork that was created for your home?

Describe how your aes-

We have a duck diorama

thetic choices influenced

above a closet of three

by the materials available

wooden ducks “flying”

to you?

out a window, which is

Dan gets all the credit here,

truly an installed work of

he is so passionate about incorporating salvaged materials and upcycling in all of his projects. He told us his ideas to bring these unique materials in, many of which we had no idea about.

Were there any design challenges in using reclaimed materials?

art. This was Dan’s idea to how to fix a weird open space above our closet caused by the need to place a wall in the middle of a window. As usual the best ideas come in the face of limitations as everyone who sees this loves it. Dan’s wife also generously knit the word “home” in a cool multicolored yarn that was hung in our entryway. Dan

Without question. First,

describes it as knit graffiti.

getting them to fit takes

We hope he paid her well

more work than buying

as she is really talented and

off the shelf at Home

we love the piece.

Depot. So there are labor




What is your favorite

good for the environment

Do you feel it is important

room and or detail in

to purchase a product

to the over all well-being

the house?

just because it’s marketed

of your family to have

Our favorite room is

as green? I think the

hand-made items in

greenest thing you can

your home?

do is “do less.” The less

Yes! We did this in large part

definitely the kitchen. It is so bright and open and functions exactly as we had imagined it would. The open shelving is so great, reach for something and it is at your fingertips. The rolling panel system helps keep the dishes clean and dry. We love to cook and spend a lot of time in there both cooking and eating at the marble counter. A detail we really like are the stripes painted in the baby’s room. We were expecting during the build out and asked Dan to do something unexpected and quirky in the nursery, and these are just perfect. They look great now but they aren’t so babyish that he will outgrow them.

From your experience, what advice would you give other people interested in designing their homes in an environmentally friendly way? Think long and hard about what environmentally friendly means to you. Is it

one literally does the less their actions can harm the environment. That is what is cool about repurposing old materials. The resources were already harvested, so there’s no further production damage being done. No factory using fossil fuels or emitting harmful pollutants. If the materials are local there are fewer shipment externalities. I also think it’s environmentally friendly to use local artisans to custom make materials. Every dollar we spent that goes to pay a local craftsman is another dollar that stayed in Chicago, improving our local environment economically. That’s something we felt really good about and something I think Dan agrees with as he is passionate about custom making things using his network of craft persons.

to provide Cal the kind of stimulating and inspiring environment we want him to grow up in. And you can’t beat coming home to a space you love that you had a hand in creating.

Builder, Dan Sheehy





“Solo Session” - 2011 Indigo dyed canvas and linen, vintage Japanese fabric


Venice California based artist Alison Frey uses vintage materials and organic dyes to create a handmade and heartfelt home.

How long have you been in business,

indigo, tea, marigolds, ashes, or

or working in your current medium?

rust. I also have a weakness for

I started both the dolls and the indigo

silver and reflective things.

weaving pieces about one and a half years ago, after I got pregnant. I have always worked in visual arts.

What inspired you to work in this manner? After I got pregnant, I started

Describe the medium you work in

investigating materials that were

and the materials you use.


I work in classic, natural materials:

The waste involved in art making

linen, cotton, denim, canvas, leather,

had been bugging me for a while.

wool, burlap, twine, and vintage

My pregnancy was a great excuse

fabrics. Sometimes they are dyed with

to re-examine my practice.




How has your work changed and developed since you began? I keep trying to streamline and make things more commercial, but I can never stop being a perfectionist! Who or what inspires your aesthetic choices? I am inspired by quilts, flea markets, traveling, Scandinavia, Indonesia, Indian and Mexican textiles. I am also influenced by art, surfing and California beach culture. Some artists I admire are Cornelia Parker, Cy Twombly, Tomma Abts, Mary Heilmann, Anni Albers, Steven Parrino, Arturo Herrera, Charlene von Heyl, Amy Sillman, Margaret Kilagallen, Florine Stettheimer and Hannah Höch. I want to make things that people keep and pass down to their children. Can you elaborate about your commitment to creating handmade goods? The only thing I really know how to do is make handmade goods. When I was a kid and thinking about what kind of artist I wanted to be, I decided to go this route over graphic and applied arts because I loved the immediacy and control of touching the materials. I still feel the same way.

“Owl Girl� is made of linen and stuffed with organic wool. Her back is a cascade of cloth feathers and her wings are attached to her removable yellow dress. She is a one of a kind girl.


Do you feel that choosing to purchase products made by hand contributes to the well being of our economy? Yes. It is so local to purchase something handmade. It’s like the farmers market of consumerism. Supporting local efforts keeps communities alive and keeps the money in the community.

Was it always your intention to sell your work, or did it begin as a hobby? I have to survive, so I have no choice but to sell stuff. I do think it is rewarding to have someone buy something: it validates your vision in a certain way. Also, you do need to get rid of some of the old work to make room for the new work.

“ Left: One of a kind vintage cloth mermaid doll. Made of vintage, recycled and new linen, cotton, felt, silk and wool and stuffed with organic wool batting. She is part of a new line of dolls made out of vintage embroidery. Above: Found Chair Vintage Denim

It’s a big wakeup call when you realize that you need to really put yourself out there to get anywhere.”




What has been the greatest challenge of starting a business? The greatest challenge has been making ends meet. I am a sucker for the best materials- the dolls are stuffed with organic wool, for example. I could save so much money using polyester from Joanns, but I buy this wonderful organic wool from a lady in Santa Barbara. Where is the line between making money and maintaining the integrity of the work? Time is of course another huge issue. I always have had side jobs styling photo shoots, working in galleries, painting houses, you name it. Now I have a baby and it’s amazing how fast the day goes.

What has been the most rewarding aspect? Being surrounded by the things I want to see and working for myself. What do you wish you knew when you began?

Do you have any advice for fellow

How important networking is to being

artisans who aspire to build a

an artist. I think a lot of us go into


the arts because we express ourselves

The internet is what you want to make

better in the studio. It’s a big wake up

of it. There are so many resources

call when you realize that you need

available now for getting your work out

to really put yourself out there to

there. Do your research.

get anywhere.

Alison Frey

TRADEMARKING FOR INDEPENDENT BUSINESS BY SCOTT BEACH Look around you. You’re surrounded. They’re everywhere and they’re inescapable. Unless you’re like my Luddite uncle chances are you’re reading this on your tablet or smartphone. Turn it over. They’re they are again – trademarks – our ubiquitous little friends constantly creating flashes of conscious and unconscious recognition in our minds. For consumers trademarks act as road signs directing us to our favorite place for coffee, to the independent retailer carrying those jeans that fit just so, or to the media sites providing us the constant stream of information most important to us. Trademarks provide a sense of comfort and security in the product we throw down our hard earned money for. And, whether we like to admit it or not, with the best brands they display our sense of pride in being associated with the values of a particular company. We declare to the world that I too care about the treatment of people harvesting my coffee beans half a world away. We become part of the tribe. To business owners these badges of product origin are often among their most crucial and important assets. A trademark is a brand’s flag planted by businesses to stake out both mental and physical territory. A properly nurtured trademark becomes associated with a standard of quality and a set of values that are at once instantly recognizable and emotionally evocative. That is your brand. And, yes, the trademark for your brand may be worth millions.

But what happens if you encounter a usurper of your trademark – a pretender to the throne of your brand? You’ve spent money and time building goodwill with your customers, and along comes this charlatan opening a clothing store of the same name across the street. What you do about it and the chances of your success directly depend on how smart you were when you first started this whole adventure. In 1980 George Harrison was leafing through a magazine when he came upon an advertisement for a three year old company called Apple Computer, Inc. It just so happened that Harrison owned a large stake in a company called Apple Corps. founded in 1968. Thus began a nearly 30 year legal saga. Apple Corps. was a name chosen by Paul McCartney as a play on words. Steve Jobs chose Apple Computer, Inc. so it would be ahead of Atari in the phone book. Or so legend has it anyway. Regardless, these two innocuous choices eventually cost both parties millions in legal fees and Apple Computer much more in trademark settlements. Conversely, it made Apple Corps. millions. This example illustrates how quickly drastic consequences can result from an otherwise innocent naming decision. Apple Computer could have avoided a lot of headache and saved a lot of money by avoiding a trademark conflict from the very beginning. You’re grandmother always told you an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Well, don’t let the housedress fool you – you’re grandmother clearly knew of what she spoke. Understanding the importance

of your trademarks, knowing some basics of trademark law, and developing a strategy to properly create, establish, and enforce your trademarks may just allow you to fend off a future existential threat to your brand and company.

After one year we finally received our official Trademark.

I. Trademark Basics Two things should be apparent by now. First, trademarks are crucial assets and you should be mindful of them from the outset. Second, trademarks are really just another form of property. Just as the law protects and creates rights for tangible possessions, it also protects and creates rights for creations of the mind, such as trademarks. Broadly this area of law is called Intellectual Property (IP). There are a number of classes of IP, such as copyright, patents and commercial marks, each governed by different bodies of law.



And here I need to clarify something – I’ve been using the term “trademark” in the broad and customary sense it’s generally used. But, trademarks actually belong to that overall class of IP called commercial marks. A commercial mark is a name, word, slogan, logo, symbol, design, image, device, domain name or any combination of these that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods or services of one party from those of others. A distinct color, smell or sound can even become a commercial mark. Commercial marks serve a number of purposes and functions. They indicate the source of origin of goods and services, help assure the quality of goods bearing the mark, and are used as a marketing tool to build a brand and create and maintain demand for a product or service. And they themselves can ultimately have great monetary value to a business through licensing, merchandising or franchising. Trade names, trademarks, and service marks are the three types of commercial marks. Trade names identify businesses. Trademarks identify the goods of a business. Service marks identify the services of a business. A good example is, again, the legal entity Apple, Inc., which uses the trade name Apple® when selling you a mobile digital device, trademarked as iPhone®, and helps you set it up through its service and support program, service marked as Genius Bar®. A commercial mark is declared to the world by the use of a few symbols. ™ indicates the preceding item is a trademarked good or trade name. Likewise, indicates the preceding item is a service marked service. If the SM

to use a mark. Investing in sound legal counsel can save you significant money in the long run. If it’s later determined you infringed on another’s mark you could face the incalculable expenses of changing your marks, loss of customer goodwill and brand recognition, seizure of your goods, and legal penalties.

The Official Trademark Research Report for businesses using the term “Show Pony”

trademark or service mark has been registered (we’ll address this shortly) with the federal government the symbol ® is then used to indicate its strengthened status. II. Creating, Establishing and Enforcing Trademarks While marketing considerations are equally critical when creating a mark, the remainder of this article focuses broadly on legal process and responsibilities. Before delving in I want to emphasize that you should strongly consider investing in the services of a qualified, experienced trademark attorney, which can cost between $2,500 and $3,000. This cost estimate includes a comprehensive trademark conflict search, the attorney’s counsel and opinion memo concerning your rights to the mark, and completion of the federal registration process. You should ask for an estimate of charges up front. Naming consultants and online services cost less, however their searches are generally not comprehensive and they can’t provide a legally relevant opinion as to your ability

Knowing what commercial marks are and understanding their importance is fundamental. But, morphing that creation of your brilliant mind into something legally protected and synonymous the world over with quality and value also requires knowing the process to properly create, establish and enforce your mark. When creating a mark you need to always be mindful of two legal concepts governing your ability to establish a new mark, and ultimately, protect it against infringement. They are distinctiveness and the likelihood of confusion test. All marks fall into one of five categories on the legal spectrum of distinctiveness. Listed from strongest to weakest they are called: Fanciful, Arbitrary, Suggestive, Descriptive, and Generic. Fanciful, Arbitrary and Suggestive marks are deemed inherently distinctive, and a mark in one of these categories carries a presumption of distinctiveness with it that affords the greatest protection. Descriptive marks can attain legal distinctiveness under certain circumstances, while generic marks lack any distinction and receive no legal protection. Generally, as a mark’s distinctiveness increases, the easier it will be to register it and to protect it against competitors. When contemplating a mark for your business, you should strive to create marks that fit into one of the three strong trademark categories.


A mark’s category of distinctiveness is then used as an aspect of the likelihood of confusion test. The law forbids the commercial use of any mark that is “likely to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive.” Likelihood of confusion is hard to define, and courts are inconsistent in analyzing it. At the heart of evaluating the potential likelihood of confusion between marks is the use of multiple factors to make a fair evaluation of all the circumstances. The distinctiveness of a preexisting mark is the most important factor. Some of the other factors considered are the similarity of the look, sound or feel of the marks, the similarity of the underlying goods or services, the similarity of the goods’ distribution

channels, the costs of the goods, and the sophistication of the typical buyer. Remember, the likelihood of confusion test in conjunction with the concept of distinctiveness governs how similar a mark can be to a preexisting mark used in the same territory, and ultimately, how much protection the new mark itself will enjoy. After conceiving a new mark, but before you attempt to establish it in the marketplace, you’ll need to clear the mark of potential infringement issues

through a comprehensive availability search and investigation analysis. Simply put, you need to see if someone already established a mark that looks, sounds or even feels like yours (the search), and if so, do you have any right to still use yours (the analysis). A truly comprehensive search is nationwide and includes various state and federal databases such as company name and DBA databases, individual state trademark databases, the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), and Library of Congress databases, as well as business databases like Dun and Bradstreet and other online sources. As you can see, searching on your own, other than quick knockout searches online, is simply not practical. Also, using a trademark registration company may be cheaper than an attorney in the short-run, but these companies likely don’t complete a fully comprehensive search. An attorney, however, will provide you a thorough comprehensive search report. And because of the sheer number of marks in existence that report will very likely include a number of preexisting marks similar to yours. At this point you’ll be very happy you hired an attorney to provide a legal analysis of the search report. An attorney utilizes the likelihood of confusion test, distinctiveness and territory of use to analyze and prepare an opinion describing any potential conflicts as well as your risks in using the mark. Remember, finding no reference to your proposed mark in every database is still not a guarantee it’s available. Because so many marks are unregistered and unsearchable, the possibility of inadvertently infringing on some obscure yet protected mark

always exists. Conversely, discovering that your ideal mark is already in use doesn’t necessarily prevent you from using it as well. If you do find that your mark (or something resembling it) is already in use, you’ll have to consider the legal issue of whether using it is likely to cause confusion in the marketplace. Only a trademark attorney can give you a fairly reliable answer on this complex question, but even that is ultimately a very educated guess because the standards for determining likelihood of confusion are so imprecise and case dependent. No attorney will clear a name of all risks of infringement. Empowered with all the information, you will ultimately have to decide if the reward outweighs any potential risk. Establishing your dominion in the marketplace over a commercial mark is achieved through use, registration, or both. The two different methods provide very different levels of protection. The fundamental concept is that the party who first uses or first files a registration application, whichever comes first, has superior rights to a commercial mark within its territory of use. To establish first use all you have to do is put the public on notice that you believe the mark is yours by using ™ on your goods and trade name. You should carefully document the date of first use and always properly use the trademark. For instance, always use your mark as a descriptor of your goods or services, and never as a noun or verb – “iPods® sound great”, over time can legally genericize an otherwise enforceable mark causing it to lose protection. “iPod® music players sound great” is the correct way to refer to this product and maintain its enforceability.




As I’ve mentioned, rights in a mark are limited to its territory of use. If you operate one store only selling goods locally, the rights to the mark would be limited to your territory. Another business could likely use the same mark everywhere else even if established at a later date. For this reason, among others, establishing your mark merely through use carries the weakest rights along with it. State registration does establish trademark rights as well, however your territory of use could still be limited to the local area you operate in rather than the whole state. Federal registration of a mark carries with it the broadest territory and the strongest bundle of rights and benefits. Some of these benefits include: strong nationwide protection; clear evidence of ownership; the right to sue in federal court; incontestability after five years of use; priority as of the date of the application; safeguarding expansion opportunities; recovery of greater infringement damages; priority for registration in foreign jurisdictions; and the ability to stop importation of infringing goods into the United States. Federal registration confers numerous advantages.

requirements are met and no objections filed. The application fees depend on how many USPTO goods and services classifications (these are internationally defined categories) you are seeking to register your mark within. Initial registration is valid for 10 years and then you will need to file for an indefinite renewal showing continuous use in commerce.

The federal registration process is complex and, again, best completed through an attorney. Broadly, after a trademark application is filed with the USPTO it’s assigned for examination. If the mark application meets all requirements it’s preliminarily approved and published for opposition in the Trademark Gazette. Up to 60 days from publication, any one who feels your mark infringes upon theirs may contest final approval. If there is no opposition, or you survive it, your mark is then approved and you can use the coveted ® symbol. This entire process takes approximately 18-24 months if all

Additional Resources:

Regardless of how you establish your mark, it’s your responsibility to enforce your rights. A trademark owner must use reasonable efforts to prevent unauthorized and improper uses of their marks in order to preserve its protected status. In addition, you can lose your mark if you cease to use it, authorize uncontrolled use, use it unfairly, or allow it to become diluted or genericized. A mark is a crucial and valuable asset to your business. Choosing it distinctively, using it properly, registering it as necessary, and enforcing it against all others will allow a mark to become a badge of honor for your unique and profitable brand.

The USPTO provides a great deal of general information – State Trademark Information Links – State_Trademark_Links.jsp American Bar Assoc Lawyer Referral System – directory/


A “collective trademark” is a trademark owned by an organization whose approved members may use it to show their products meet the organization’s established standards of quality or other characteristics. In Great Britain the Vegan Society trademarked its Vegan sunflower logo in 1944, and permits its members to use the logo on Society approved products aiding customers in quickly identifying truly vegan products. 1944 also saw passage of the G.I. Bill in the United States. In March of this year Senator Barbara Mikulski (D - MD) and thirteen colleagues signed a letter urging the Secretary of Veteran Affairs to trademark the term “GI Bill” to help protect veterans from predatory and deceptive marketing practices by forprofit colleges and universities. That same month, after more than 35 years in Congress, the 75-year-old Mikulski became the longest serving woman in congressional history. She is also the first woman to ever wear pants on the floor of the U.S. Senate.



Suggestive Trademark

A fanciful trademark is made-up. It’s invented for the sole purpose of functioning as a trademark or trade name. Kodak and are well known fanciful trademarks. Fanciful trademarks lack inherent meaning and allow you to define them out of thin air through your branding and marketing programs. Also, once you’ve invested time and money promoting a fanciful trademark, it’s easy to prevent competitors from trying to profit from your goodwill. Fanciful trademarks are the ideal trademarks from a legal standpoint.

A suggestive trademark alludes to the qualities or characteristics of your product. A suggestive trademark requires a subtle leap in thought for consumers to reach a conclusion as to the exact nature of the goods. Equal sweetener and Greyhound bus lines are examples of suggestive marks. Many owners prefer suggestive marks because they plants a seed in the mind of consumers as to the nature of the goods and require less capital to build brand awareness. Suggestive trademarks come with one major risk – the line between suggestive and descriptive marks is extremely thin, and descriptive marks have a substantially reduced bundle of legal rights.

Arbitrary Trademark An arbitrary trademark has a common meaning, but the meaning is unrelated to the goods or services offered for sale under the mark. Apple computers and Dove soap are good examples. Because of their inherent distinctiveness, they are easier to adopt than suggestive or descriptive trademarks, and easier to protect once adopted. Investing in an arbitrary or fanciful trademark to establish the link between mark and product is often worthwhile if your business model is unique or somewhat unfamiliar to consumers. However, some business owners might prefer to stick with a suggestive or descriptive mark because arbitrary or fanciful marks can require a lot of capital up front in marketing and advertising expenses.

Descriptive Trademark Descriptive trademarks merely describe some portion of the goods or services sold under the mark. A trademark is descriptive if it “conveys an immediate idea of the ingredients, qualities or characteristics of the goods”. Descriptive trademarks may only achieve substantial federal protection if they acquire secondary meaning, which takes at least five years and a significant advertising budget. Spray ‘n Wash and Hamburger Helper are examples of descriptive marks that eventually attained protected status.

The process to trademark “Show Pony” in one category took approximately one year and cost close to $3,000.

Generic Trademark A generic trademark can never be a protected mark because it describes a category of product or service. For instance, you can’t trademark the word “Bleach”. This is because the law has determined free use of such categorical trademarks benefits consumers. Sometimes, previously strong and valid trademarks can become genericized if not protected or used properly. Aspirin, zipper, and escalator are examples of this trademark failure.

Show Pony provides general information only. Show Pony does not guarantee the accuracy of this information. This is not legal advice. Show Pony is not responsible for any legal advice, information, or assistance that you may obtain by using the Show Pony website. You can only obtain legal advice from a lawyer. To contact a lawyer, use a referral system in your state.


Photography by Lissy Elle Represented by Lisa Bonnici Left: “Alice Saw Some Shiny Things” Right: “How Alice Hides”

Who/what influences your aesthetic choices?


Lissy Elle

Lissy Elle creates dreamlike images that at first glance seem to merely be an expression of fantasy. However, like the surrealist women before her, Lissy’s photographs reveal so much more.

Location: Ontario, Canada Represented by:

What was your initial inspiration to begin photography?

How did you choose selfportraits as a means of expressing your self?

I have been taking photographs on and off with varied interest since I was 6 years old, but the discovery of the website Flickr encouraged me to take it in a more serious direction.

It was a complete accident that I started taking self-portraits, and was based purely on the lack of expendable models. Although reluctantly at first, I grew to love it.

My aesthetic choices are based on what I find utterly fascinating at the time. What I find fascinating is the collective work of everything I’ve ever seen, heard or felt, and that’s what makes it so personal. Do you feel that a formal education in photography important or necessary to your development as an artist? I don’t feel it’s necessary to anyone’s development as an artist. Not to say that it won’t help, I believe it can, but there are so many other ways to progress and grow and art school is just one of the more expensive options that might look good on a resume.




Lissy Elle

“The Snow White Dilemma”

What has been the most important thing you have done to advance your career and development as an artist? Definitely the 365 project. I made great progression my first year, and when I started my second year last May I was trying to use it as a motivational tool to take photographs more often, but instead, even with several months left, I can already see the change in my style, my editing techniques and just generally how I do things.

“ My aesthetic choices are based on what I find utterly fascinating at the time.”

Talk about your process from conception to completion. Do you construct the scenes by building props, or use post processing to create your environments? I have only recently been experimenting with prop making, and had thus far been relying on my good

friend CS5. Generally to start I pick a concept from my giant list of concepts, make a mental list of the things and people I’ll need to complete it, compile those things, sketch it out, and then throw it all away almost the moment I start shooting and let spontaneity keep things interesting.

Tell us about the trajectory of your career path. How did you go from posting photos on Flickr to being represented? It was a technological path, most of it, if not all of it took place online. It was a matter of saying yes to everything that was offered to me, gaining more exposure from that, and having my work happen to fall into the right hands at the right times.


Top: “Dust in the Wind” Bottom: “Creationism”

Now that your work is gaining recognition, Do you feel less freedom to create work from your heart? Are you more selfconscious now that you have a wider audience? That’s something I definitely used to feel a lot when I was just posting on Flickr. I have a large number of social networking sites I post on now. Flickr I keep my fine-art stuff, Tumblr I keep my fashion, Facebook I put out-takes and pretty much everything else. My website is what I would like people to consider my portfolio. What type of career do you aspire to build? Do you believe it is possible it make a living solely as an artist, or do you plan to pursue commercial work as well? I love fashion photography, which by nature is commercial photography and I hope to one day be in the position to pursue that as well as fine art.

How do you envision your work changing as you get older? I don’t know. I assume it will bend and shape to my personality, and change with my interests and current passions. It’s like asking who I will be when I am older. I can never really know. What have you been most criticized for? Have there been any images you regretted creating or sharing? I don’t regret anything. Nothing jumps to mind in terms of criticism, although sometimes when I meet more conservative people who mention they’ve seen my photos, I can just tell they are rather displeased with my nudes. Thus far, what has been the greatest reward of being a photographer? A sense of accomplishment, and that I have a general idea of my place in the world. Is there anything you would like to add? Find adventure.



Photography by Rebecca Hill


Everything was still a toss up: I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, but I knew I hit a point where I was unsure of what to do next.” Eddie Ochoa

was studying advertising at the Art Center in Pasadena when he decided to make a change. His dream of becoming a creative director lost its luster as ideas of starting a clothing boutique began to take over his thoughts. “When I started, it (Fresh Out The Box) was just a thought. From there it turned into research: what’s the next step, what do I need to do? At the time when I returned to the desert I was as a server at the Olive Garden, and I was also helping my dad with his business. In my free time I starting doing research on what brands I wanted to carry. I also started looking at other shops, how their layouts were, and what it took to have a really nice boutique. Basically, I put together a brand list and I went to my first show. I snuck into it because you have to be an established retailer in order to get into the trade shows.




“The very first show I went to I convinced my mom to come with me. We tried to do everything the right way, but we didn’t have the right documents. I literally ripped up one of their applications, got a lanyard, and made it seem like I had a legitimate one. I was able to sneak in and went to check out the scene. I immediately fell in love with it. I was walking around the show trying to make contacts, and I made my own business cards. I went to start talking to all these people, but you needed one thing in order to get the next. It was so hard! I just gathered all of the contact information I could and I started planning and looking at different buildings. Finally, I found one that I liked. I would go and look at the spot almost everyday. I remember peeking my head through the window and just looking in an visualizing. I just stared doing that everyday. I went on to design the space and I finally got a bunch of lines to sell to us.

It was the same experience with film and graphic design. Honestly that knowledge is what has probably kept me in business: The fact that I knew how to design my own logo, print my own t-shirts, and shoot the products myself. I was doing it all.”

Studying advertising allows you to touch base with everything. You pick up a camera so you learn how to shoot and how a professional photographer works.

It wasn’t until a couple months into the opening that I noticed were weren’t really selling that much. I started to think of ways we could promote the shop. In addition to using traditional forms of promoting his business, Eddie began to incorporate the talents of the local community by sponsoring shows and events. “One of the first events we did was an art show with ten to fifteen different artists. Not much art was sold that night but we had a crazy turnout. So many people


came in, and the night was amazing! It was just so crazy to see so many people show up. There was a crowd of people lined up around the block waiting to get in. They wanted to see what the shop was all about. We had people coming back the

For more of our interview with Eddie Ochoa please click this video link.

following day, week, and a month later saying that they had been to the art show. The events and working with the local art community changed everything for me. Everyone that I’ve met has been because of the shop. Its a business and its a starting point, but its also a platform and an outlet to do so much more.�

Fresh Out The Box 73-614 Hwy 111 Palm Desert, CA 92260





Photography and interview by Rebecca Hill




Tell us about Kit This. Arlene: We are focusing on real women making their own careers happen, having great personal style and following their dreams. I know it gets hard, especially with women our age. There is really no one to show us what’s in trend. Brandon: Who are we supposed to look to the Real Housewives? I love Anna Dello Russo but I’m not walking around with a cherry on my head. We have always targeted women in their thirties and up.


How did you meet? Brandon: Arlene interviewed me for a job as a salesperson in a boutique. She was the owner of the shoe salon within the business and happened to answer the door. She was wearing a circle skirt and these really cute pink Chloe kitten heel moccasins. I looked at her and said “Chloe” and she said “yeah.” We became instant friends. What has working with a friend through a start up and a rebrand been like? Brandon: I don’t think if we weren’t such good friends we could have made this work. Your business is your baby and its been really hard. When I fall down Arlene lifts me up.



How did you go from working in the boutique to starting a business together?

Arlene: We knew certain lines that we loved and wanted to sell.

Arlene: Timing! Just when you are both at the bottom and think life is going to end...

Brandon: We had a lot of industry contacts and local customers. I lost my job literally two weeks before the end of fall market. You would not have merchandise in your store of another year if you didn’t buy it then. So we just hopped on a plane with the money I figured I could get my hands on, and we placed our first order. We got back from New York and then had to figure out what we were going to do. We wanted to work in fashion but not be in retail. We live in Chicago and have families. We don’t have the option of moving to New York, Paris, or Milan. We had to find what we could create for ourselves in Chicago.

Brandon: Arlene left the company and I was fired shortly after her departure. We got thrown in it together because we had no other options. Arlene: At that point I thought “god, do i have to try a whole new industry.” I remember thinking “ I’m not done with fashion yet.” The decision was really quick. It was the last week of fall market 2008 and we thought “lets just go to New York”. We applied for market as a retailer and had our license. Brandon: And, don’t forget we had business cards from Kinkos.


You ladies represent wonderful brands, not the type who would just sell to any boutique. How were you able to make that happen with a startup company? Brandon: We got really lucky because we had a contacts at Opening Ceremony and Loeffler Randall. We loved those lines and I feel they both say a lot about our personal style. Loeffler Randal is so pretty and downtown chic. Opening Ceremony is eccentric and trendy. It was a really great mix and really represented who we are. How did you decide to open your boutique online? Arlene: The internet was a whole new horizon for us. Brandon: We didn’t know anything about selling online. That’s when we knew we were middle age ladies. Someone had to teach us how to hyperlink. Arlene: It was grass roots retail! We stuck with what we knew which was retail, and we called friends and family for advice and connections.


How did the editorial side of your business develop? Your ability to translate the clothing you sell into original content isn’t an easy thing to do, especially on a regular basis. Brandon: When we first started talking about the internet we realized people put so much into the branding and design of their brick and mortar businesses and then launched online counterparts that had nothing to do with the image of the brand. We looked to www.lagarconne. com. She styled an editorial: A really simple shoot with one girl in an empty house, natural light, but truly gorgeous. Arlene: I just kept going back to that editorial over and over because it was so beautiful! I remember going through the images so many times. It was just so different. There was trench I wanted to buy and I

could see that she was selling it quickly through the editorial. Each time I clicked on it there were less and less available. She was selling it! It was only four years ago, but it was just so different and so new. No one else was doing it. There was nothing like it at the time. Brandon: No one was styling. Arlene and I knew from retail that you had to break it down for women. If you say “put a white shirt with it”, well, they need to know exactly what white shirt. They need to literally see what you are talking about. So we figured if we could show women how to put together an outfit, our business would work. Arlene: We knew from retail that if you could get them in the fitting room you were good to go. There were so many options for such great interaction. That is what we are trying to

accomplish: to have a boutique feel for the shop along with the editorial inspiration that shows our customers what is fashionable. Brandon: With the editorial we had no parameters. We had nothing to lose. We thought lets just make some outfits and collaborate with great people and see what happens.

Kit This





Inspiration is often found in unlikely places. So many people long to finally take the leap and start doing the things they have dreamed about for so long. But what is catalyst that takes us from dreamer to doer? Jose Tallon is the owner of Adornmment Tattoo, which due to strict zoning laws, is the only tattoo and piercing shop in Palm Springs. He shares how the art of suspension gave him the self-confidence and professional drive to start his own shop. “It’s all about finding who you are: trusting yourself, and showing yourself what you are capable of. Until I suspended I never completed anything in my entire life. I was a quitter and a recovering drug addict. My whole life I had people telling me that I talked too much, that I was a trouble maker, and that I was never going to amount to anything. Then six months into my sobriety I suspended and it changed my entire life. I showed myself what I was truly capable of. I thought that if I could do this, I can do anything.“

ADORNMENT TATTOO AND PIERCING 2825 Tahquitz Canyon Way Suite 109 Palm Springs, CA 92262


menswear inspired style to welcome in the new season

d r a w g r o n i r F p S

photography by rebecca hill

hair & makeup by: jenna baltes

fashion editors: arlene matthews & brandon frein

models: lauren johnson & kerrington true at ford models chicago




Left Surface to Air patched denim skirt $118 Edith A. Miller scoop neck stripe tee $70 Cotton Treats bow tie (from Hazel) Stylist’s own vest Model’s own white shirt Rachel Comey granby platforms $202

Right Rachel Comey pleated skirt $184 Shourouk phoenix necklace $595 (by special order) Rachel Comey granby platforms $202 Project watch (from Hazel) Sam Goldberg druzy quartz ring




Rachel Comey vendor high-waisted shorts Rachel Comey madge heeled oxford $190 Stylist’s own vest, blouse and hat




Left Rachel Comey loose lace leggings $391 Anagram striped shirting top $110 Vanessa Bruno athe white blazer $192 Stylist’s own leather biker jacket Rachel Comey boyer flat slippers $402

Right Anagram metallic stripe dress Rachel Comey granby platforms $202 Stylist’s own black button-up Rachel Comey jasper sheer shirtdress $529 Rachel Comey Oslar wingtips $391 Cufflinks at neck and wrists (from Hazel) Stylist’s own black button-up






Surface to Air flare jeans in red $159 Sonia by Sonia Rykiel red belt $155 Rachel Comey oslar wingtips $391 Stylist’s own vest and tee





Rachel Comey long Opus dress $633 Dibi skinny knit tie (from Hazel) Stylist’s own pumps and white button-up





Photography by Rebecca Hill




When I wrote this piece for Show Pony

Storefront property in Chicago is

challenging businesses to be in and

magazine blog in early 2011, I had no

insanely expensive. I often wondered

only a creative person will understand

idea the hurdles and hoops that lay

how small businesses ever made

what I mean. To own a business takes

ahead of me. I also wasn’t sure how

a profit in this town. I looked at

a lot of mental energy. To be creative

much I wanted the world know about

property in popular areas that were

takes a lot of mental energy. Combine

me and my personal business. But

asking over $10-25 thousand per

the two and most days you just want

when I thought about it, I decided I

month. Even in less desirable areas,

to lay down and take a nap.

should be candid as my story may help

I don’t recall seeing anything for

other creative business owners.

under $4-5 thousand per month.

What is the one most important thing

If I did find space for less money, it

I have learned on the journey of being

To begin my journey I must tell you

a creative business owner? If you treat

how it all started. I was already a

your team and clients with love and

working makeup artist but had dreams

respect, you can make it in a creative

of having my own makeup studio. It


was late 2005 and I started collecting

In June 2007, I fell madly in love with

information on what I would need to

one particular row of storefronts on

open a brick and mortar store. While

Maxwell Street in Chicago’s South

I searched for storefront spaces, I ran

Loop. Determined that the fit,

my credit report to be sure there was

location and parking was great, I

nothing to keep me from getting a

finally made my move and applied

business loan. After correcting a few

for the space. But the excitement

simple reporting mistakes I had a near

and joy was very short lived.

One thing I will say is this: To make it in this business you should never apologize for your talent or the talent of your team. You must praise and listen to your team. You must thank and listen to your customers. Because without either of them you are setting yourself up for failure.

flawless report.

needed so much work that it would have depleted my entire savings. I felt like I needed one of those naps.


I DIDN’T HAVE $100,000 CASH TO GIVE AS A SECURITY DEPOSIT... As I filled out the rental application, perfect credit and all, the management company determined they wanted a $100,000 cash deposit because I wasn’t a “big name” player. Even if I had $100,000 cash to hand over as a security deposit, I wouldn’t have any money left for inventory or products. Sadly the management company turned me down. Not because of my credit but because I didn’t have $100,000 cash to give as a security deposit. Ironically, four years later that space is still sitting empty. I decided to look in smaller neighborhoods with individual owners that offered storefronts for rent. In all, I applied for 4 spaces, but they were pulled out from under me for a variety of reasons. I was mentally and physically drained from the entire process and felt helpless. After many nights of crying myself to sleep, I decided all I wanted to do was open. I wanted a space near my home that I could teach my makeup classes out of, consult with my bridal clients, and ship my products from my online web store. I didn’t need to be in a supreme location and be held hostage to the high rent districts.


Makeup Artist Brandon Trumfio Makeup Artist Rebecca Males


WHEN I SAY YOU CAN’T DO IT ALONE, I AM SERIOUS I pondered the idea of a bigger space

So that I wouldn’t have to start

were all shocked to learn of what the

in a less than attractive area. After

making business loan payments

big banks had really been up to. Now

chatting with my good friend Becky

before my studio was actually opened

it was clear why my business loan was

(on somewhat of a crying jag), she

and generating revenue, my banker

pulled from out from under me. Even

calmly said something that struck

advised me to use my credit cards for

if I tried to get a new loan at another

a cord. “If clients have been coming

inventory and equipment purchases. It

bank, banks weren’t lending money.

to your home to meet with you in

made sense to do it this way and who

Having no way of securing a new

Rogers Park, why not open a studio

doesn’t trust their banker, right?

loan to pay off my credit cards, I

there?” With that I went out to find an inexpensive storefront, in my not so up and coming neighborhood that I adored so much. Finally late in 2007, I found a studio space that would work and a management company that actually cared about getting me as a client. Rogers Park Vintage Management really made me feel like a “big name player”. Not only did they charge me a fair deposit and rent, they also helped pay for my build out with my 48 month lease.

Two months later I had nearly maxed out my credit cards buying things I needed to open the studio. Computers,

was left with huge amounts of debt and as a result my perfect credit score was ruined.

fixtures, cabinets, inventory, you name

Since my glass is always half full, we

it, it all went on the credit cards.

opened anyway with what we had in

I went to the bank to withdraw money from my business loan to pay off my credit card balances. After I arrived at the bank, I found out the bank pulled my business loan and I was no longer eligible to receive the funds. Not only did the bank rescind funding, they didn’t offer me a reason on why they

October of 2008 and we have been rocking since day one. I could tell you it’s been an easy ride but it hasn’t. I have made some very costly mistakes along the way and not ashamed to say it. As a business owner you must take chances. You also need to be resilient and fearless.

withdrew the loan. I was already

Since writing the original piece for

As my build out was being done, I filed

approved and paperwork signed so

Show Pony, so much has happened.

all the necessary paperwork, opened a

why were they doing this to me now?

I never thought tragedy could really

commercial bank account, became an

I had put nearly $80,000 on my credit

happen to my team, or my business.

S-corporation and did everything you

cards and now I had no business loan.

But when man plans, God laughs.

are supposed to do when opening a brick and mortar storefront. I went to my bank and applied for and received a small business loan.

On September 15, 2008 news of the banking industry and overall economy downturn hit the news. I think we


YOU NEED TO BE RESILIENT AND FEARLESS... On August 9, 2011 I got a call no one

in the absolute worst place to be as a

show compassion for a family who has

business owner wants to hear. My

human being and a business owner.

suffered a loss, yet be cold enough to

studio manager, Susan called me

How do I grieve the loss of a friend

help keep running the business while

crying telling me that our hairstylist,

and team member, yet still take care

everyone and everything around me

Claudia and her son, were killed by a

of my brides who also mean so much

had fallen down around us?

drunk driver that morning.

to me? These brides were counting on

Claudia had over 32 weddings booked with our studio. I have never experienced anything like what I experienced that day. I found myself

me and my team for their wedding day. It’s not like we can “reschedule” their days. It was the absolute worst feeling in the entire world. How do I

When I say you can’t do it alone, I am serious. I can’t even begin to express how dedicated my team was during this tragedy. It was then I knew how truly blessed I was. My team,


especially Susan and Rebecca really

There are very exciting things coming

does take a village to be successful.

helped keep things together. It’s always

down the pipeline here at our makeup

And with a great team such as mine,

a fine balance to be true to your team

studio. I have been approached by TV

I find I really do need less naps lately.

and be true to the business. But it was

execs who want to do a reality show

Well at least not every day.

then I knew that my team loved me as

about us and have been asked to teach

much as I loved them. We came out ok

with one of the worlds largest cosmetic

after all was said and done and to this

manufacturers. Without my team I

day I can’t believe what rock stars I

would never be able to do everything

truly have working along side me.

that is asked of me. Because without a team you are only one person. It really

Sonia Roselli Esthetique 7363 N Greenview Ave Chicago, IL 60626



WAGNER’S NEIGHBORHOOD Honky Tonk chef brings championship BBQ and down-home hospitality to Pilsen.

Story by Brooke O’Neill




he restaurant doesn’t open until 4 p.m., but for Willie Wagner running Honky Tonk BBQ is a round-the-clock job. “I ate brisket today for breakfast with two hands,” confesses the awardwinning Chicago chef. By 9 a.m., he has chickens in the oven and is whipping up garlic mashed potatoes and baked beans for catered lunches. As hours tick by, the aroma of smoky, homemade barbeque wafts out from the kitchen, conjuring memories of backyard picnics and lazy summer days. “Barbeque always seems to be what people do when they want to get together socially,” says Wagner, who opened Honky Tonk in Pilsen four years ago. A third place finish in the 2008 Memphis-in-May championship, the world’s largest pork competition,

and a visit from celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, quickly catapulted Honky Tonk onto the national foodie radar. Renowned for platefuls of succulent pulled pork, creamy mac and cheese, and, of course, beef brisket, the outpost evolved from a tiny rib joint into a mecca for barbeque aficionados—all without sacrificing its cozy, neighborhood feel. “The word ‘barbeque’ is almost synonymous with ‘day off,’ and ‘friends,” says Wagner, a Pilsen local as passionate about his community as his corn muffins. Tucked at the corner of 18th and Racine, his restaurant draws some of the city’s most diverse crowds with its homemade dishes, live music, and eclectic artwork. Photography by Rebecca Hill

“There are people here from all over town,” says Wagner. “Rich, poor, young, old.” A brightly colored mural of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo hanging inside the entrance welcomes diners to the predominantly Hispanic neighborhood, while retro gems like a Golden Arm wrestling machine and coin-operated antique horse bring an old-timey twist. An upright piano sits in the far corner. “You get the country-western bands playing and you feel like you’re in a saloon,” says Wagner. Open six days a week, Honky Tonk offers nightly live performances with genres ranging from Americana and bluegrass to soul and Chicago jazz, all with no cover charge. The walls have their own rhythm. “I would call it American homemade art,” says Wagner. “That guy calls himself a white-trash folk artist,” says the chef, pointing to a woodcarving near the stage. Collected

by a longtime friend with a “crazy antique store habit,” the paintings are mainly early 20th-century and come from art-world outsiders foreign to the gallery circuit. Offbeat and unassuming, Honky Tonk is exactly the sort of friendly watering hole that gives the neighborhood its character. “The recession really saved Pilsen,” says Wagner, wary of gentrification in his beloved surroundings. A resident for 25 years, he dreamed of making Honky Tonk the place where locals pop in at midnight for a drink or quick bite. Based on the diners rushing to 18th Street, we have two words for Wagner: mission accomplished.






’d always been sort of mystified by little BBQ shacks,” says Wagner, who worked in commercial print sales for two decades before finding his passion as a restaurateur. “I’d peek in the back and think, ‘This is an interesting way to make a living: cook good food all day.’” As the oldest of 11, he grew up grilling big meals, but never imagined it as a career. “If you had told me I was going to have a restaurant,” he says, “I would have told you that you were Froot Loops.”


DOWNTHE BIZ Yet cookouts with friends and family eventually turned into barbequing at street festivals. In 2007, Wagner opened Honky Tonk and has been serving up delectable food ever since. He recently sat down with Show Pony to dish out some of his entrepreneurial secrets. BE INSPIRED: “Figure out some way to fuel your passion, because you’re going to run out of gas a few times. Decide you’re going to do it right.” FIND A NEW SPIN: “Originally, a South Side rib joint was a carry-out place. It’s the kind of food that you eat out of a bag in your car…. Originally, we were just one room with 24 seats. But then we slowly evolved and thought, ‘What if it were a real place with seating?’ We were one of the only rib places in town like that.”

TEAM UP: “We don’t have a bunch of outside investors. It’s our restaurant. My wife, Beth, manages some of the inventories and schedules. Karie [Leonardo] manages the people, the bar. Everyone’s involved. If I had to do everything, I would crack up. You have to have a management team with different strengths.” STAY HUNGRY: “There’s too much average food in this town. Yes, what we do here is simple, inexpensive comfort food. But people are very passionate about the quality of their corn muffins. If you keep the food good, people will come. If you let the food slip, they’ll slip away.” CARPE DIEM: “Honky Tonk was wacky, oddball place off the beaten path when Guy Fieri and the Food Network came. It was an opportunity for us and we took it very seriously. We didn’t want to goof it up. And we grew up from being a dive to being a beautiful, food-centric restaurant.”


JIMMY TILTON CHEF Morgan’s right-hand man, he’s been in the kitchen two years. “It’s been a great learning experience for me,” says the Indiana native. “When customers come in and have a good time, that’s why a cook does what he does.”

TIM MORGAN CHEF The mastermind behind Honky Tonk’s homemade sides, sauces, and desserts, he’s cooked in Chicago restaurants for nearly five decades, including 28 at the now closed Hickory Pit. “Tim is the genius here,” says Wagner. “He’s got lots of tricks up his sleeve.” (p.s., Don’t miss his candied yams, banana pudding, and peach cobbler.) Favorite menu item: Beef brisket.

Favorite menu item: My favorite item on the Honky Tonk menu would be the viking beef short rib. The viking beef is handsdown a flavor that is unmatched and stands alone when it comes to taste.

CRAIG CUNNINGHAM BARTENDER A Pittsburgh transplant, he loves Honky Tonk’s diverse crowds. “You get a lot of people from the neighborhood coming in, but also people from all over the country,” says Cunningham. “They travel thousands of miles to Chicago—and come here.” Favorite menu item: Links sandwich with garlic-mustard sauce and black-eyed peas.





Chantelle Grady is the food photographer, stylist, and editor of one of our favorite magazines, A Little Relish. She was kind enough to share what it takes to self publish a magazine, along with her top five cafes in Montreal.

cooking begins. The kitchen is a

Byblos Le Petit Café

mess and I’m off taking photos

1499 Ave Laurier E Montreal, QC H2J 1H8

their eye over it and then I

nearly everyday, gradually building up the magazine. When I’m near the end I usually go back and perfect the things I’m not totally happy with. I have a few close friends run launch it for all to see.

Can you elaborate on how We here at Show Pony know that it usually takes a team of people to produce a publication filled with original, substantive content. Can you please share your process of creating A Little Relish? After observing a city and immersing myself in it for a little while I select the places I’d like to feature in the magazine. I also take note of foods enjoyed and how they are presented as well as the activities and social scene of a city. From all this I then begin to plan the structure and recipes to go into

you developed such a wellrounded artistic sensibility and technical skill set? All my life I guess I have noticed the details in things. I was never really good at remembering facts but I was always very good at describing a scene or an atmosphere. I’m also really drawn to things that create a feeling. I am inspired by the scenes around me and how people live. The technical skill set has developed from an interest in interiors, photography and design and working in the industry on various accounts.

the magazine. And then the

Photography by Chantelle Grady - A Little Relish

My favorite thing to order is their feta omelette with sweet bread and jam. That and a pot of their Iranian tea.





Are you formally trained in any

observation of an atmosphere

we live in a place for a long time

of the disciplines you practice?

than it is about facts. But I do

we often overlook the things we

I studied interior design and

also ask the business owner a

see everyday. I’m happy that a

few questions about their cafe

little relish reminds people to

or restaurant to understand the

appreciate these things and start

story behind it.

enjoying them again.

graphic design and then worked in the industry as a graphic designer for eight years. I

worked for advertising agencies and found my strength was in

What has been the greatest

Can you please share your

challenge of creating and

future goals and aspirations for

publishing the magazine?

A Little Relish?

The greatest challenge is

I would love to see a little relish

realizing my goal of printing

in print. I’ve received a lot of

the magazine for people to

emails from people asking where

enjoy. Anybody who knows or

they can buy the magazine.

works in the magazine industry

Going forward my goal is to

How do you go about the

knows how expensive it can be

provide that to people. I think

production aspects of the

to print. I really hope one day I

there is something quite special

magazine: choosing locations,

can provide that to people. That

about feeling the pages of a

obtaining permissions,

and all the eating! I have to work

magazine as you turn them. It’s

fact checking?

extra hard in the gym when

an experience in itself.

Choosing locations takes some

putting the magazine together.

time. I first of all do research

online to find out places people

Is there anything you would

What has been the greatest

like to add?


Thank you Show Pony for

The positive comments and

allowing me to get involved. I

emails I’ve received from people.

think it’s great that you profile

I’ve had so many people say

creative entrepreneurs and small

that the magazine has inspired

business and help inspire so

them to visit the cities featured.

many out there wanting to do

Also, the emails from those

great things.

creating moods and concepts for photo shoots. I really enjoyed the photography side of things and that’s when I picked up a camera and started practicing and taking my own photos.

love, and I ask locals and those living in the city what their favourites are. I then go to these places to see for myself along with those I’ve noticed in my travels. Then I’ll contact the owners and tell them about the project and if it’s ok to take photos. In regards to fact checking, the magazine is more about visual images and

living in the cities saying it has helped them look at their city with fresh eyes. I think when

CafĂŠ Sardine Plateau Mont-Royal 9 ave. Fairmount est Montreal, QC H2T2L9

A tiny place. Great for a morning coffee and a freshly baked beignet.



Café Névé Plateau Mont-Royal 151 Rachel est Montreal, QC H2W

My favourite place for coffee. Their porridge with grilled peaches is delicious and so too are their freshly baked muffins and huge chocolate cookies.

The Sparrow Plateau Mont-Royal 5322 Boulevard St-Laurent MontrĂŠal, QC H2T1A5

I great place for a lazy weekend brunch. They have a fixed menu ranging from pulled pork, hush puppies and slaw to a special Sugar Shack breakfast of beans, eggs, potatoes, pancakes and sausages drizzled in maple syrup. You won’t need to eat for the rest of the day!

CafĂŠ Santropol 3990 Rue St-Urbain MontrĂŠal, QC H2W1K2

A great place for sandwiches prepared on their special Santropol bread. I love the Killer Tomato with cream cheese, sundried tomatoes, basil and garlic spread topped with fresh tomato slices. Their Hot and Spicy Apple Juice is good also on a cold day.




Ubud is best experienced early when the streets are absent of the traffic and tourists. The Ubud produce market begins at dawn. To an outsider this crowded and chaotic maze of commerce offers a glimpse into the daily lives of Balinese people. It also offers the uncomfortable sensation of being both conspicuous and invisible. This is where business is done and daily needs are met. It is easy to romanticize the idyllic nature of the local marketplace. We are all aware that this dying form of commerce is rapidly being replaced by mini marts. While it is easy to bemoan the death of authenticity it is much more difficult to take a closer look at the vendors in this market. There is a great deal of dignity coming through tired eyes and weathered faces. This environment is a hot, dirty and competitive place to earn a living. There is nothing romantic about the challenging circumstances faced by most of the people who make their living here.



I have a profound respect for this community, especially when they look me dead in the eye and command prices more than double what a local pays. When it comes to bargaining here I simply make the choice not to. If you are buying produce at double the local prices it is still extremely cheap by Western standards. When it is a difference of $.20 or $.10 it really does not make an impact on your trip budget. If you spend enough time in the market you will realize that it does however make a difference to the vendor you are purchasing it from.