Is there a story about the name Busy-Being?
Busy-Being had started as an online store in 2004, my son was pretty young then and we were spending so much time at the gallery (where I worked) so I decided to create an online shop so I could work from home instead. The name came from just generally being busy; I liked that it was open ended, I liked the Bob Dylan connection, and that one could be "busy being" just about anything. The name embodied what was going on for me - I was busy being a mom, a girlfriend, a gallery director, a juggler of life, etc. The name still applies for me in 2015 and I feel like it applies to others who also wear many hats, and then there's those folks that are just really busy being chill - it’s a choose your own adventure.
You have a lot of interesting art and housewares in your store, where is your favorite place to source your goods?
My favorite place source for new things is through my friends. I feel really lucky to know so many talented artists, I don't have to look to far to find something great.
Your shop has been on the east side for quite some time, what is the best thing about owning a shop on this side of town?
Community! Austin is a small town and the east side is even smaller, it's so nice to know all of your neighbors and I love the way our community of east side shopkeepers come together to support each other, I think it's really unique to other cities.
You host some cool and interesting events, are there any coming up in the near future?
I'm really excited to be hosting a Juniper Ridge event on May 16th where we'll get to go for a nature walk and learn about some of our local natural treasures and then meet back up at the shop for a meet and greet and maybe make a distillation too. Also, herbalist and friend Tamara Valdez of Botanicals Folklorica will be joining us for this and I'm a huge fan. It's going to be a pretty dynamite day.
Tell us a secret
My shop-mate (Solid Gold) and I will be releasing a new dress from our upcoming apparel collection at Feliz!
How exciting! Thanks, Amber!