Wednesday, October 16, 2013

4 our new friend, Frank!

We opened (our brick & mortar) shop 8½ months ago, February 1, 2013.  Just a few short months later (4 to be exact – that’s so fitting!) we found ourselves looking for a new space.  We loved our tiny little shop and put SO much work into it.  It was difficult to think of leaving, but necessary.  Luckily this time, we only needed to paint our new space.  And even more luckily, we met our new friend, Frank Imel! 

Frank has been in Cave Creek for 39 years.  He is a designer, builder, and artist.  He worked at Sperry Corporation as a facilities engineer for 22 years.  After designing and building facilities all over the US and Europe, he decided to design and build custom homes in Cave Creek, AZ.  In addition, Frank was introduced to pottery making in 1970 and soon after began his career in this medium as well.  He sold his pottery pieces at craft shows for years, and then opened a retail shop in 1977 at the current Horny Toad Gift Shop location.  He continues to enjoy the entire pottery process. 
Wind Chimes, Teapots,  & Canisters
We are incredibly happy to have partnered with Frank in our (technically his :) current space, with several rooms full of his work.  
He makes beautiful and original pottery pieces. We’ve always loved handmade pottery, so it's the perfect fit for us!  He has a large selection to choose from in the shop; I've attached a very small sampling of pictures showing his work. You can also tour his studio, which is attached to the shop.  

More importantly for us though, Frank is nice, helpful, honest, and incredibly generous.  He is busy with his own work, but goes above and beyond to help us.  We couldn’t be more grateful, and we feel so fortunate to have joined forces with him.  And it's exciting to love our new shop too! 
Pottery Purse!
Be sure to stop by and meet Frank.  You can also learn more about him on his website at

Love and gratefulness, Donna (& Diana)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

4 Traveling Treasures

Yay... we did it (again)!  We traveled from Texas to Arizona bringing lots of new treasures with us.  Although this time the trip was different; I drove with my "other" partner, my husband Bob.  Diana had just been to Austin, (moving her daughter here) so we had to change our regular routine.  

We always have so much fun driving those 1000+ miles!  Well, we try to anyway.  Seriously, we do like driving long distances.  We definitely are experienced at it, driving this route over the years to visit family, although this time was different.  We pulled a trailer behind our SUV.  We had both the entire car full from top to bottom, in addition to ½ of the trailer, with new products for 4sisterShop.  So awesome!  I thought so... perhaps my husband wasn’t quite as excited when it came to filling up both vehicles, but he was more than willing to help us (even put on a happy face for me :) and off we went.

What a fun way to travel.  We arrived on day 2, unloaded everything and then camped at a site in Cave Creek.  And guess what site # we had… YES - 4 (for 4sisterShop of course!)  Love that.  

I’ve always loved the desert landscape, such beauty.  It was incredibly peaceful and pristine.  Before starting work each day, we hiked in the area - taking pictures along the way (as we always do).  We definitely enjoyed being there. We feel so fortunate to have our shop in this wonderful area!
It’s such a beautiful time of year - finally starting to cool down.  In fact, our doors are literally open to the shop (since it’s so cool outside), so it’s a wonderful time to stop by and visit!  Come for lunch or dinner at the Horny Toad Restaurant next door too!

Hope to see you soon in the beautiful and unique town of Cave Creek.  Love & Happiness, Donna (& Diana)