That’s Humboldt…
More artists per capita than anywhere in California

Follow the furry footprints ... to HumCats!

If you're out and about in Eureka this weekend or next, you're likely to see a lot of these pawprints - and all of them lead to 77 West Second Street, a largely unoccupied storage building that current owners Mercer-Fraser have made available to local artists Rachel Schlueter and Laura Granados to stage the unique HumCats art show.

Rachel and Laura had the idea for HumCats, which opens at Arts Alive, 6pm on Saturday August 2nd, when they attended Cat Art Show Los Angeles (CASLA) earlier this year, in which Rachel showed three pieces. Creative sparks began to fly, and with the active support of other local artists, as well as  Humboldt Spay/Neuter Network, whose new feral cat clinic will receive 20% of all art sales revenues from the show (as well as 100% of the proceeds from the feline-themed bar - with added cat candies - Executive Director Jennifer Raymond and her cohorts will be running at the opening). There may even be some adoptable felines in attendance!

Muddy Waters: A Special Blend of Quality Product and Entrepreneurship

Chris Nichols says he was "in the right place at the right time." His company, Muddy Waters, started in an Arcata coffee shop of the same name. Chris worked at the shop while studing ceramics at Humboldt State University. He worked his way up the ladder from a barista to a roaster, into sales and finally ending as a manager before the shop closed and Nichols restructured Muddy Waters as a small batch roastery. Today it's a tight two-person operation, with dedicated employee of three years Jason Coyle doing most of the deliveries. Chris Nichols spends his days treading the boards between the small coffee roaster and the counter where he labels the bags, takes orders and prepares shipments.

Humboldt Takes the Gold at the State Fair!

Humboldt Made would like to thank the many members who dropped off their products at our office. We sent a literal truckload of display items to Sacramento!

The official Humboldt County display received a gold medal at the 2014 California State Fair, currently underway in Sacramento, the second year in a row it has earned such honors in the popular counties exhibition.

Celebrating 10 years in Humboldt

Amazingly, it is 10 years since I moved to Humboldt, and the longest I’ve ever lived in any one place. Perhaps even more amazingly, moving here was a complete accident. A close friend in San Francisco had been invited to interview for a position at the Humboldt Arts Council and asked me to come along with her for the adventure. So, while she was being interviewed, I looked (as one does in towns full of Victorian homes) at houses. And I fell in love with a house. Serendipitously, this happened at a time in my life when I had a little money to spare and was working freelance, so only needed an internet connection to keep my income flowing. The rest, as they say, is history.

Wildberries Marketplace Announces Partnership With Humboldt Made

Store will help finance memberships for 20 small businesses

Arcata-based, Wildberries Marketplace, has pledged its support as a Founding Allied Member of the Humboldt Made organization. Wildberries is a locally owned, full service supermarket that offers a broad selection of Humboldt Made products. In an effort to support local makers and producers, Wildberries will pay half of the $500 Humboldt Made membership fee for 20 up-and-coming small food and beverage manufacturers.

"Since we opened nearly 20 years ago, Wildberries has recognized the importance of supporting community commerce, especially in the locally produced food sector,” says Wildberries owner Phil Ricord. “Working together, the membership of Humboldt Made will make a worthwhile impact in building local economic well being, and I believe that's good for us all.”

Wildberries was one of the first local retailers to feature Go Local stickers on locally made products, a campaign that originated with Humboldt Made and the County of Humboldt. Humboldt Made and Wildberries have worked together to bring items as diverse as organic Tulip Perfume to vegan Vixen Kitchen gelato to Wildberries shelves. A recent Buyers Tour organized by Humboldt Made also connected members with retailers in the wider region, including Northern California Whole Foods.

Humboldt Made is a non-profit corporation that partners with makers and producers, retailers and restaurateurs, community organizations, media makers, institutions, special events and business service providers to build the economy of Humboldt County.  If you make or produce specialty foods, beverages, health and wellness or bath and beauty products and are interested in becoming a member of Humboldt Made, contact Kathleen Moxon at 707-388-3010.

Contact: Kathleen Moxon

 (707) 388-3010

PHOTO CAPTION: Humboldt Made and Wildberries Marketplace have partnered to provide marketing support to growing food and beverage businesses that create jobs in Humboldt County. Pictured from back row, left to right: Daniel Bixler, Larry Hupp, Phil Ricord, Cal Ferris, Benjamin Colarossi, Ian Richie. Pictured front row, left to right: Victoria England, Rosa Dixon, Talia Nachshon, Rhonda Wiedenbeck, Meredith Maier-Ripley and Carrie Dean.




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