Interview with Zeichen Press

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This is Jen and Fran Shea. Not only are they awesome ladies, but they also run Zeichen Press, an awesome, local letterpress company. What exactly is letterpress? Letterpress is a relief printing process using raised inked letters and images pressed on paper. It is also making its way into a myriad of fashion decor. Zeichen Press’s portfolio is full of prints, business cards, stationary and invitations. They also offer custom creations, so you can add a touch of letterpress to your next business card or event. I recently interviewed Fran over e-mail. We discussed typography, letterpress, and the story behind their funky little logo!

Read on after the jump!

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AIA Homes By Architects Tour Kickoff Event

Remodel by Nguyen Architects

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If you are thinking about re-modeling, then listen up:  this Wednesday, September 8th, from 6-8pm, Room & Board in Edina is hosting the AIA Homes by Architects Kickoff Event.  At this event, you will be able to meet the architects and homeowners from the tour and get inspiration for transforming your own space.  The tour is on Sept 18th and 19th.  Tickets are $15 online and $20 the day of the tour.  Tickets will be available at the kickoff event at Room and Board for a “2 for $25″ discount.

At 6:15, architects from Nguyen Architects, Inc and Sala Architects and their clients will present their projects and discuss the re-modeling experience.  Food and refreshments will be served.

To learn more about the AIA Homes By Architects tour, please visit their website.

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Toka

Courtesy of Room and Board

One of the best parts about working at Room and Board is getting to meet the manufacturer partners behind some of the products that the store offers.  It is during this time that we get to hear the stories about how these companies were created and listen to their journey of how they got to where they are today.  A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Bob & Bridget Meyer, who own and operate Toka, an African imports company.

Bob Meyer, a Minnesota native, met his wife Bridget when he was a rafting guide in Zambia.  Upon moving back to Minnesota, the couple decided to start an import business to help the women of Bridget’s native tribe, Toka, become financially self-sufficient.  The women earn their living by making beautiful Makenge baskets.  These baskets are used as an everyday tool in the tribe.  Not only do they look beautiful, but each basket has a different meaning behind the woven patterns. Please read on after the jump to read more about Toka’s story and see my interview with Bridget and Bob Meyer.
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Herman Miller Event

If you have been contemplating purchasing a new Eames Lounge Chair to kick your feet up on, or a new Aeron or Embody chair to take to work, now is the time to do it!  Starting June 4th-June 14th, Herman Miller is having their biannual event where product prices drop by 15%.  Click on this link to find the nearest Herman Miller retailer near you.

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