Early on when we began designing and making our goods for Three Potato Four ,we realized how much of an impact we could have if we sought out and worked with local manufacturers, small businesses and makers here in the US. It has been rewarding to be able to work with the small factory that makes our pennants, the woodworker that makes our signs, the sign-painter who always has new ideas, the craftsman that hand-punches our leather, the small business that produces our key-tags, our local Philly screen-printers and our city-series artist/go-to designer that has since become our good friend. Each time we conceive and design a new product we are thankful to have this network of small businesses and are happy we can create goods that are proudly made in the USA.
“Hit Me with Your Best Shot” cover by Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers.
Recorded during a series of van sessions.
This summer we joined our local CSA for the first time. Thursday afternoon trips to the farm became a part of our summertime routine. We tried new recipes, ate more vegetables and picked many many bouquets of flowers. The kids learned to appreciate the work that goes into having a farm and growing your own food. And not a lot compares to picking and eating something straight from the farm down the road.
Otis turned five this past weekend. We celebrated with a party and his friends – organizing a gold rush (one of his favorite shows) mining operation for the kids. The Gold Rush was complete with a makeshift panning station with colanders, sluice boxes and various rocks and gems. It was wild and fun for all. It’s sad that his curls are now gone and he doesn’t pronounce marshmallows the way he used to “smashmellows” but this five year old is growing up to be a pretty awesome boy.
This feels like summer.
“Cayucos” by Cayucas
For awhile we’ve been going back and forth about moving Three Potato Four a little closer to home. Through the years, the space on Shurs Lane, while beautiful and spacious, has proven to be too far. After searching for many months, we found a perfect spot in our town of Media, PA. A quaint town noted for being “Everybody’s Hometown”. We are blocks away from our local Media shops, restaurants and our favorite coffee shop!
3P4′s new headquarters is located in an old garage/workshop that was once used by a cabinet maker. We will not be open to the public any longer. While we’ll still be selling online through our website as well as markets (Brooklyn Flea/Philly) and various special events we still plan to organize in and around Philly -we’ve decided to use the space strictly as our studio/office and warehouse.
Our love for designing and making our own products has grown and we’ve been busy producing and working with local manufacturers to make a new 3p4 collection of products we are super proud of. This year – come August Three Potato Four will be exhibiting for the first time at the New York International Gift Fair – debuting our Three Potato Four collection.
Every year we are growing, constantly changing and adapting. We are excited to see where this new change takes us.
If you happen to be in Philly, join us at our last event on Shurs Lane on May 25 + 26 for our YARD SALE. We’ll be open from 10am – 4pm both days. Clearing out inventory for our move!
While at the pet store the other day getting dog food, I happened upon a blue fish in a little plastic cup labeled Bill Cosby. Had to bring him home. Bill Cosby now lives in a bowl on our bedside table. So funny each time Otis comes in our room in the morning and evening saying “How is Bill Cosby?”. Best name. Hope he lives a long time.
“Damaged Goods” by Gang of Four