Welcome to the new Munga Vision blog! The start of this new blog coincides with the grand opening of the The Marketplace at Three Little Birds in downtown Clayton, NC. Munga Vision is honored to be able to showcase our products along with so many other talented artisans in the Raleigh area.
It has been a surprisingly huge blessing to start my art business in a small town. The immediate and constant support from other business owners and the community is unmatched. The "shop small, shop local" mentality is so alive and catchy in the Raleigh area and has changed both my business and personal shopping habits for the better.
I now shop in town at Hudson's instead of Home Depot. We love the local coffee shop and eating donuts at the small bakery. We found the cure to my daughter's extreme eczema through a local farmer who sells honey infused lotion. The list of amazing things I have found and grown to love in this small town community goes on. I contribute flipping that switch from city chain store habits in large part to the encouraging community that has slowly pushed Munga Vision forward.
Ripping the band aid to free my business from corporate website design to jump into only selling art through an online shop this past year has been quite the learning curve to say the least. To turn a passion into a viable career option is obviously a daunting task for anyone, but I also had zero prior experience in retail. Even with excessive googling, I still typically feel quite clueless, unprepared, intimidated, (the list goes on) when trying to think of what's the next step for Munga Vision.
Despite my lack of confidence in what would be successful (Ok still lingering lack of confidence at times), I took a leap of faith and started hustling the fair circuit this past year. Through meeting other vendors and patrons I have learned SO much. From price points, product favorites, constructive opinions, branding ideas, etc; the great people I meet at every event have helped propel this little company forward. In fact, I was introduced to the owners and staff at The Mercantile, Oak City Collection and now The Market at Three Little Birds where I now consign through connections I've made by just putting myself out there in this amazing area of supportive people.
I would like to extend a huge thanks to all those reading this and who have supported Munga Vision art and products as this journey continues. I feel very blessed to have had all these opportunities arise since we've moved down to North Carolina from the DC area less then three years ago.
This blog will be posting articles at least once a month and hopefully have some design insight to offer as well as behind the scene looks at the creation of some new products. (While I design all the products and the approved look, I work with some great small companies on many of our collection that help with specialty customizations like framing.) I look forward to sharing more with you all.
Also, if you are in the area please be sure to visit the new space for The Market at Three Little Birds. It has something for everyone and should be a top destination for those looking for unique gifts. (Hint, hint. Fall is around the corners which leads to holiday shopping!) Find artwork, stationery and signs from Munga Vision of course; rustic handmade signs and pillows from Wood, Grain and Grits; clothing from Mamma Shabs Boutique and Oak City Collection; unique glass art from Blooming Bottles; original contemporary art from Elizabeth Moran; decor and expertise from Scotch & Honey Design Co; man cave products and gifts from The Noble Woodsman; plus so many more!