Make sure to note our special holiday hours!
We are at it again with an event celebrating Jacksonville’s art scene. “For the Love of Munny,” a vinyl toy exhibition and toy drive curated by Wolf & Cub will run during the month of December at the shop. The show will feature a collection of vinyl toys, affectionately named “Munny," from specialty maker of designer art toys, kidrobot. Each individual collectible toy stands 6” tall and will be designed, painted, destructed, and created by some of our amazing Jacksonville-based artists.
From painting and illustration to street and graphic arts to fashion design and mixed media, the broad selection of participating artists celebrates art in many different mediums. The impressive list of of talent include many Jacksonville favorites including Tommy Armageddon, Nick Villalva, Crystal Floyd, Dustin Harewood, Matt Abercrombie, Amy Ploss-Samson, Ed Hall, Chip Southworth, Jessica Becker, Henry Gonzales, Rob Middleton, Overstreet Ducasse, “Metal” Mark McCombs, Russel Quadros, Lauren Trump, Centism, Margete Griffin, Joseph Shuck, Chris Sellen, Mark Creegan, Ryne Samson, Roosevelt Watson, plus ourselves—Varick Rosete, and Emily Moody-Rosete playing along. Some of the unique Munnys will be available for sale during the show and will make an interesting, one-of-a-kind gift for someone special!
The show opens with a celebration on Saturday, December 2nd from 5 to 8 p.m. Wolf & Cub will continue the celebration during December Artwalk, Wednesday December 6th, from 5 to 9 p.m. with the show closing on Saturday, December 30th.
To coincide with the toy theme and the season of giving, Wolf & Cub will also be collecting toys for underserved youth during the run of the show. Bring a toy in on the opening evening or during December Artwalk and receive a 20% off shopping pass (good for use that night only).
We're super pumped to bring the Munny show back to Jacksonville and can't wait to see what the artists come up with! See you on December 2nd!
Back to our regularly scheduled, non-confrontational, Artwalk in Downtown Jacksonville. Why? IT'S OKTOBERFEST!! BIER!! BIER!! BIER!! Thank you to everyone who came out to support Wolf & Cub last night, and got to enjoy some great music from Folk is People!
Regardless of the limitations from last night's Artwalk, Emily and I just wanted to thank everyone who were able to come out to September's Artwalk to support the artists and resistance to hate. Big thanks to Mama Blue and old W&C friend, Brad Lauretti for the tunes above us at Cathedral Arts Project. Thanks for helping keep the spirits light!
Varick and I aren't ones to get publicly vocal on issues but we feel like it's time to say something regarding the limitations put out on Artwalk for tomorrow night.
Sure, it was a risky move to open Wolf & Cub to Downtown JAX, but being the only boutique Downtown, we already knew we were up against a unique set of challenges: the walking traffic is hit or miss, there is a (albeit false) perception of the area being "unsafe" (although this is one of the safest zip codes in JAX), and there are not very many options to make it a shopping destination. However, we love this city and care deeply about the future of our wonderful Jacksonville. We are down here because we want to help build up our Downtown! We want to see it flourish and truly become a must-see destination for residents and tourists alike. When we signed our lease in May of 2016, Hemming Park still had a good amount of activity happening—there were some planned events and we were hopeful about gaining exposure and traffic through those. Plus, then we knew we could at least count on Artwalk to bring even more people out.
So, when Downtown Vision came by the shop last week to let us know that, in their words, "per JSO," that we would not be able to activate the sidewalk during Artwalk and Laura Street would remain open to traffic due to the to opposing protest groups, it was extremely disheartening, especially for a small business that has committed to helping build Downtown. We were instructed to move any planned activities inside of our shop, (as of Tuesday afternoon, we have been cleared to have some activation on the sidewalk as long as it does not block the right of way) but on any given day, we always have a cafe table and two chairs to give more life to the sidewalk. And for every Artwalk, we usually plan for musicians, other organizations or food vendors to set up in front of our space well in advance. Plus, if you're an Artwalk regular you know we always have our $5 vintage sale bins outside during the event, as well. The fact that they are letting two groups dictate the entire footprint of Artwalk seems extreme and completely against what the soul of Artwalk is all about. This change will affect many small businesses who, not only rely on Artwalk sales as a revenue boost right around rent time, but also it serves as a great way to expose people who don't often venture downtown to experience the cool products that Wolf & Cub has to offer!
Regardless of the attempted damper being put on tomorrow night's event, we need you all to come out and show your support! We are committed to being active, engaged participants of Downtown culture, and we will still carry on with our planned pop up show with our good friend Brad Lauretti, plus have complimentary beverages for our supporters, Wolf & Cub tees 2 for $30, a rack of 75% off clothing and LOTS of awesome vintage goodies in our $5 bins. Now more than ever, DOWNTOWN NEEDS YOU. We hope to see you out and about tomorrow!
Thank you, as always, for your love and support!
Emily and Varick
One reason we do what we do at Wolf & Cub is because we are passionate about giving amazing clothing the chance to live out it's full potential. In a world of fast fashion, being able to upcycle, repurpose or give a vintage piece more life can have a major impact on the environment. Every year the average American discards between 65 and 85 pounds of clothing which adds up to a whopping 16 million(ish) tons of textile waste in the US! By wearing vintage and pre-loved items, even if it just makes up a little bit of your wardrobe (hey, it's baby steps but you can always keep building), you're helping contribute to less toxic chemicals and more waste being dumped into our environment every year.
While more might mean more when you're piling on all the accessories, it really is about quality not quantity when it comes to fashion purchases these days. Instead of spending $100 on 10 items that are poorly made think about investing in just a couple pieces that are of higher quality. Gone are the days when you need a closet full of cheap clothes. Minimizing your wardrobe to include only the most amazing pieces will leave you feeling free. Clothing with color that fades as rapidly as the trend it follows are sure to hit the bottom of that Goodwill bag quicker than you can say Yves Saint Laurent.
Dressing in vintage doesn't mean you have to look like a character out of a Wes Anderson movie, but hey, that wouldn't be so bad either, amiright?!? I'm all about mixing modern styles with a nod to the past and am a huge fan of splurging on a favorite brand of denim and pairing it with a great 70's floral vintage top. Did you know that you could water your lawn for 9 hours with the amount of water it takes to produce one pair of jeans? That makes it all the more worth it to think about investing in some that will last years, not months.
I'm by no means saying it's realistic to think you can go through life without having to do a quick Target run or head to your fast fashion chain of choice to grab a last fill in piece in a pinch. However, if we all became just a little more mindful of our purchases and made an effort to wear vintage, pre-worn and upcycled when possible, it would have a serious impact on our lil' Earth we call home. So, I challenge you to start mixing some preowned pieces in with your favorite mass produced brands. Not only is it a fun way to get creative with your looks (and know that the girl next to you at the bar isn't going to be wearing the same H&M dress as you) but you can also feel good knowing you're being little more socially conscious with your shopping habits while still remaining stylish!
Burning with pride, passion and adrenaline, our infamous Jaguars make their way into the battle arena surrounded by thousands and thousands of avid, loyal fans—all screaming "DUUUUUUUUUUVVVAAAAAAL!!" We are the hardcore. The 12th man. Duval 'til we die. Welcome to Jagsonville.
It's finally here! We are so excited to release the newest JAGS tee design by the one and only Varick Rosete! Get amped for the 2017/2018 season with the latest Flaming Skull tee or pick up one of our other designs (see below) available for limited release in all new colorways. Click on any of the tees to take you straight to the order form now!
Now through August 13th pre-order a tee at a super discounted rate of only $20. (After that, the rate will go up to $30.)
• Printed on super-comfortable, boutique quality t-shirts
• Available in Unisex and Women's sizes
• Tees expected delivery date: September/October 2017
NOTE: THIS IS A PRE-ORDER SALE!! THIS IS A PRE-ORDER SALE!! Shirts will be available for free in store pick up or we will ship anywhere for an additional charge, choose your option at checkout.
Well, it's hard to believe but one year in Downtown JAX has sped by but we are already approaching our anniversary as a brick & mortar shop! Our mission of pioneering a fresh retail concept and bringing an interesting shopping experience full of unique items has survived its first year in a downtown district otherwise void of boutique options. Varick and I knew it would be challenging to open Wolf & Cub in Downtown but we wouldn't want it any other way. Our deep rooted passion for the city is apparent from our past contributions to the arts and culture of Jacksonville and we are so happy to be continuing to contribute to the urban core by opening Wolf & Cub in the urban core.
Being downtown has come with some challenges. Specifically, for a city that wants to progress and ignite the downtown corridor, there is very little support or incentives for small business entrepreneurs to take the risk of moving to an area so desperate for more retail and a sense of place. Sure, I could add lots of fluff and sparkles and unicorns to this blog post and say that it's been such a breeze but no, that is not the reality at all. Running your own business might sound oh-so-glam but every day is a hustle if you want to succeed. It keeps us constantly pushing forward and working hard to create fresh products, bringing in interesting artists and makers and offering the best curated vintage at affordable prices. THAT is what makes us unique.
In the first year of the store, Varick and I both continued to work other jobs to support the shop but I'm excited to announce that I've transitioned to working the shop full time in hopes of pushing it even further. With Varick is still cranking away at his day job he also takes the lead on on the shop’s branding and design. We are still just as passionate about continuing to build up Downtown as we were last year when we signed our lease.
You know what makes it all worth it though? When out of town visitors or Jacksonville residents that rarely venture Downtown happen upon the shop and immediately travel to a different place. They walk through the door and wander around looking at all the objects and curiosities that fill the shelves. We love inspiring others through the shop and at the end of the day that's why we do what we do. We want others to find their own spirit animal and be as unique as they want to be!
This first year wouldn't be possible without the love and support we've received from so many of you! Thank you to everyone who has supported us, sold us product, reposted an event or sported a W&C tee in our first year. We can't pay our rent, keep the lights on, or buy more cool stuff to stock the shop without the support of ALL OF YOU! Thank you for believing in us. We're celebrating our first year with a party on Saturday, July 29th from 6 to 9 p.m. Swing by and enjoy beer, bites and bubbles! We're releasing some new t-shirt designs PLUS we'll be giving away limited edition totes (with the design at the top) to the first 25 shoppers who spend $30 or more! Click here to head over to our Facebook event page and find out more!
Find your spirit animal and then lead the pack with Wolf & Cub! We hope to see you soon!
E & V
Thanks to everyone who made it out last week to July's Artwalk Downtown! It was definitely a hot one! Not only because the temps were pushing 100˚, but the cyphers out front were bringing the heat, as well, for Mal Jones' presents The Lyricist Live! show! And who could forget about the increased presence of the boys in blue? We could definitely feel the heat there, breaking up the B-boys and making sure our sound was in check. Yah, that was...interesting. But even with all of that, we all still had a great time!
Thanks again, Mal, for creating a great show for Artwalk. We look forward to having you, the MCs, and the B-boys back out front soon again! HOLLA!
Did you know you ingest hundreds of toxins through your skin every day? Most drugstore beauty and styling products are filled with chemicals, metals and other unsafe elements absorb quickly from your skin straight to your bloodstream, which can lead to serious health issues. That's why when we discovered the organic cosmetic line, rms Beauty, getting it for the shop was a no-brainer. Founder and make-up artist, Rose-Marie Swift created a stripped down makeup for healthy beauty and seven years later, the line is stocked at all the best shops around the world, including right here at Wolf & Cub. rms Beauty uses a cold-pressed system combined with undiluted essential oils, all natural pigments, to ensure that the make up doesn't just give you an outer glow (although it does that FABULOUSLY as well) but it also gives your skin a mini spa treatment every time you use it. Come by and try out some colors for yourself. Plus, receive a complimentary deluxe sample of the signature "un" powder with any rms purchase (while supplies last)!
Varick and I met Jessica Becker shortly after we opened the shop opened and loved her energy right off the bat. We mentioned wanting to put her work up at some point so when she started posting about her latest Frida piece, We thought Wolf & Cub would make a perfect spot to showcase it. She unveiled her process on social media as she shared out images of the hundreds of lashes she glued on to give Frida her epic brow, the hand embroidery floral details of Frida's dress, and even Frida's jewelry which was made specifically for the 3D piece out of found objects! Head over to her Instagram to see the pics, and more, for yourself!) It's always fun to get a glimpse into the behind the scenes workings of what it takes to create a work of art. She uses a variety of processes to complete her work and you can feel the love in the finished product. Stop by Wolf & Cub on Wednesday night from 5:30 to 8:30p to view her latest works. (Click here to visit our Facebook Event Page to find out more!)
In the meantime, read on to find out more about this awesome Jacksonville based artist and hear the inspiration behind her work and what's coming up next!
Wolf & Cub: Where are you from? If not from here, how long have you been in Jax?
Jessica Becker: I was born in Ft. Lauderdale moved to Jacksonville at the age of four. I lived in Peoria, IL from 1999-2003 and moved back to Jacksonville because I couldn’t handle the cold weather. I now call Atlantic Beach my home.
W&C: What do you consider some of your major influences to be?
JB: Music is my major influence. All of my portraits are of musicians with the exception of Frida. The singers I chose have a very strong and unique presence which inspires me to seek my own individuality and self-confidence regardless of pressure to conform to social norms.
W&C: We love that you chose strong females as subjects in your work. What is inspiring you most right now?
JB: Thanks! I appreciate the compliment and glad that my intention behind the paintings are recognized. Not to say there won't be a guy in my 3D painting collection but my paintings within the past couple years have been majority women because of the connection I have with the artist I'm painting or the image of the artists gives off the expression that best explains my feeling at that time What inspires me right now is the Women’s March. The march has inspired me to make a doll from my likeness with a shirt demonstrating the power women hold. It represents another fight because we have not stopped fighting for equality.
W&C: How did you pick Frida as your latest subject to immortalize?
JB: I chose her because she’s a female icon that symbolizes strength, power, and beauty. She painted her own reality so I used her portrait to paint my reality and all the symbolism in the painting represents what I’m going through in my life currently.
W&C: Tell us about some of your big mural projects!
JB: Restaurant TacoLu is my biggest accomplishment. Owners Don and Debbie Nicol trusted me to painted the side of their 3 story building and 8 other murals inside. The outside mural was my 3rd mural. I’d only painted a skate ramp and a 7’ x 7’ space before being asked to paint the side of their restaurant. I’m forever grateful for their trust and the amazing opportunities it’s given me from doing their murals.
Other big murals I've done can be seen locally at Carribbean Connection (Front and Back of building), Lynch's Irish Pub (Tullamore D.E.W. Room), Backyard Pops, NAS JAX (Teen & Youth Center) and Girl Scouts of Gateway Council in Murray Hill (Entrance hallway murals). I also have murals in Miami Wynwood District at two popular clubs SHOTS and Brick.
W&C: What’s next? Do you have any big projects coming up?
JB: I have a big project in Destin, FL at the end of February where I’ll be painting decorative murals in an entire house.
From night markets and pop ups to a full fledged brick and mortar store, we've come a long way with good ol' hard work and a dash of perseverance. Now, in just 12 short days, Wolf & Cub will open the door to it's permanent home in Downtown JAX!
We want YOU to join us for a celebration of epic proportions because not only is Saturday, July 23rd our Grand Opening Party but it also happens to be the 40th anniversary of Chamblin Bookmine and they are celebrating with 40 Years of Chamblin's! The BYOB and Buy-a-Book Block Party!Needless to say, the block is going to be bumpin' and you're invited to join in on the madness. We'll be celebrating with live music from Joseph Shuck and Monique Mancera, then Cry Havoc playing all those dance tunes later in the evening. PLUS - tasty beverages, sweets thanks to our sweet neighbor Mocha Misk'i and tons of amazing merch from Wolf & Cub, other local makers and some great contemporary clothing lines from around the country!
Saturday, July 23rd
Early Supporter Access at 6 p.m.
Public Party at 7 p.m.
Want access to our supporter celebration from 6 to 7 p.m.? Become a Fearless Connector or Courageous Pathfinder. As a Fearless Connector you'll not only get a W&C t-shirt and a $10 gift certificate to use in the shop but you'll also receive an exclusive Wolf & Cub tote that will give you 10% off every time you use it (good for a year). While Courageous Pathfinders will pay it forward now and reap the benefits when we open with levels starting at $25. Purchase your rewards today and pick them up at the shop in just a few weeks. Both of these offers are only good until July 20th. Find out more by visiting the Early Bird Specials section of our website here!
While we are far from opening our doors for a Grand Opening Celebration (more on that later) we will be offering a little sneak peek of the space during Artwalk next Wednesday, July 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. Stop by and visit us, see what's to come and purchase a Courageous Pathfinder shopping pass! And although things won't be all put together we will have some tees and jewelry for you to peruse. Also - our good friend Joe Shuck will be playing tunes, old favorites and fresh new ones, for your listening pleasure! You can hear his newest album here!
Can't wait to see you all next Wednesday in #DTJAX.
We're already hard at work prepping Wolf & Cub to bring you a superior shopping experience in Downtown JAX. You know what would make that even cooler? More cash flow to invest in more inventory. More inventory means more options. It's a win/win! Think about becoming a Fearless Connector today and not only will you get a tote that will give you exclusive access to secret sales and 10% off your purchases at W&C for a whole year but you'll score a limited edition t-shirt, a $10 shopping pass. For those of you that want to pay it forward, consider joining forces with us as a Courageous Pathfinder. You'll be rewarded with shopping passes worth more than what you spend. When you invest $25 you get a $40 shopping pass... and bonus dollars just go up from there. The more you invest, the more you get back!
As an added bonus, ALL of our supporters are invited to a private early backers pre-party the day of our Grand Opening Celebration.
Be a Fearless Connector of Wolf & Cub and become an early supporter of the shop! Not only will you get first access to sales and events (through exclusive pre-sale invites), you will also get a limited run Wolf & Cub shopper tote. Then, whenever you shop—for the entire year—bring in your tote to receive 10% off whatever you can fit in it! If that’s not enough - you’ll also get a $10 gift certificate to use when the shop opens, a W&C Fearless Connector tee, a W&C button and sticker pack and pre party access to our grand opening celebration!
Ever since Anomaly closed its doors back in 2011, I knew I wasn't done as a shop owner.
I continued to grow my accessories collection, learned to screen print and continued to push and evolve as an artist. Then, I met Varick. That dude never stops concepting or creating. Whether it's designing for full-time clients, making insane illustrations for freelace jobs or helping organizations with their branding and marketing needs, he's a badass. Long before we ever became a package deal though, we were both doing things to push Jacksonville forward. Then, as we got closer, I knew I met someone who would challenge me as much as I challenged him. We dreamt about how awesome it would be to do a shop together practically since we started dating. We would each bring our creative assets to the table and see what a melding of the minds could develop. This city inspires us to create more to make a better city, which then makes the city better. It's cyclical.
Last fall when the opportunity arose to open a pop-up (temporary) shop in Brooklyn Station, Varick and I jumped at the chance to try out Wolf & Cub in a brick and mortar location. The response was awesome and we had a blast carrying all kinds of cool stuff made by some super talented Jacksonville makers! We loved the opportunity to be in that space but knew it wasn't the right location for us. So, after the pop-up wrapped up in February, we didn't really know what was next. We were both committed to our full time jobs and knew that when the time was right, the opportunity would present itself.
Well now, with our forces combined, that opportunity HAS NOW PRESENTED ITSELF! We are so so so excited to announce that Wolf & Cub has found a home at the Historic Elks Building in Downtown Jacksonville! We chose Downtown JAX because it's exciting times for the urban core but one thing is missing... great retail! Where can you go to pick up a last minute gift or a last minute outfit right in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville? Wolf & Cub will be that place—a unique marketplace stocking everything from designer denim to finely curated art and screen printed posters (locally designed and printed, of course!) to fresh flowers and letterpress cards. Not only will you find the coolest stuff, but Wolf & Cub will be a creative space to hold workshops for classes, design meet-ups, community conversations, live music, art exhibitions and much more!
The Wolf is my spirit animal and it gives me an appetite for freedom and living life powerfully, guided by instincts. When a wolf manifests its presence as a guide in your life, it could be a call to live your life more freely, to bring the intensity of passion in your everyday endeavors. As I'm sitting here writing this, it's a grey Sunday morning and I've just woken up to my first day of working for myself again. It's absolutely freeing (although bittersweet because I will miss my Cummer crew so much) and the bottom line is... life it too short. Do what you love. We're about to. Get ready for Wolf & Cub!
We will keep you posted on details about the opening party, lines we'll be stocking, etc... and you just get ready for some serious awesomeness coming Downtown in just a few weeks! #findyourspiritanimal
The crew over at TigerLily Media put together this incredible video that really sums up why we do what we do at Wolf & Cub. It's about the experience. It's the provenance behind a piece of clothing. What's it's story? Who wore it? Why did it make that person feel good? How did it end up where it is today and where will it travel in the future? Everything has a story.
When we made the "big announcement" that Wolf & Cub brick and mortar was a reality on Facebook, someone (who knows me and my past business ventures) said "Can't keep a true entrepreneur down." and man, that is the truth. There is something so rewarding for me about putting everything I've got into something I know is mine. I've taken two years off from the grind of owning a business (even though I never reallllly stopped because that entire time I was happily working on building Wolf & Cub). It wears on you. It's been good for me to step back and reconnect with other parts of my life instead of focusing on a business. I've had a nice little break from it all but I am beyond ready to make another go of it. I know the next few months aren't going to be easy. It's going to be late nights and early mornings all while Varick and I continue working at our full time jobs. But it's going to be good and refreshing and rewarding and energizing.
So- here I am this Sunday morning, I've been up since 6:30 a.m. and it feels good. I woke up and immediately started rattling off the todo list in my head. (Check out the artist application that went live this morning!) There's a purpose for me getting up and wanting to work hard beyond the grind of the 8 to 5 workday. We are off soon to do some pickin' and then head to the shop with the goal of finishing the painting of the walls completely today.
Varick and I are opening a Pop-Up Shop at Brooklyn Station in Jacksonville! It all happened very quickly which makes it that much more awesome. We've been in the planning stages for the past few weeks, but before we were approached by Regency Centers, we weren't really thinking about the idea of a store being such a reality so soon. Ever since my last store closed, I've always hoped to open another one at some point. Varick and I have been talking about it for the past couple years but were not actively seeking out a space. The opportunity to open now has presented itself and we're running with it. What have we got to lose?
And now, here we are. We signed the lease on a store front for a Pop-Up space today! We will be there at least till the end of January 2016, with the option of staying until the end of April. We signed the lease at 2 p.m. By 4 p.m. I'd already unloaded the furniture from my car and made one trip to pick up pallets and drop them back off at the shop. By 6 p.m. we already had a cart full of supplies ready to purchase at Lowes. It's been a whirlwind today.
o- what's this shop going to be all about? Wolf & Cub will be a finely curated space of thoughtfully designed goods. From clothing and accessories to beautifully constructed vintage pieces and lifestyle goods, we can't wait to showcase amazing local and national independent design in Jacksonville!
Got something cool for us to sell? Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org! Or click here to fill out an online application.
We have 27 days to get the space ready for our Grand Opening Celebration the first weekend of November! I'll be blogging about our adventure along the way so check back for updates and progress. Cheers!
Need some fashion tips to spice up your summer wardrobe? The crew over at Madewell at the St. Johns Town Center has asked me to be their Guest Stylist on Friday evening. It's awesome because the event is also a fundraiser for the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens plus I get to check out all their new summer arrivals. The more you spend, the more Madewell donates to the Museum. You get new clothes, the Museum gets more funding. PLUS spend $125 and get 20% off your purchase! It's a win for everyone!
If you can't make it to the party from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday night, just stop by Madewell any time on Friday and mention you're shopping for the Cummer Museum to make sure a percentage of your sale goes to help the Museum!
Hope to see you Friday night!
Also check us out in the newest edition of The Resident! Thanks to both publications for the great coverage!