Eldorado Turns 4 & We’re Celebrating with a 3-story mural

It’s time to celebrate - we’d love for you to join us. We’re going to celebrate Eldorado turning 4 on Saturday, July 21st from 11am-7pm. We’re going to celebrate dreams coming true. We’re going to celebrate you. And we’re going to celebrate Hans Walor sharing his passion and truly inspiring art here in Corktown.

Click here for more details on the event and read below a little about what we've been up to for the last four years and the mural that's coming to Corktown! 

The number 4 carries great meaning. It represents the four elements - Air, Fire, Water and Earth. It honors the four sacred directions and cardinal points - North, South, East and West.  It represents the four seasons and the constant, yet important cycle of change. And the four magical moon phases. It also symbolizes what Eldorado General Store has been slowing working on for the last four years - building a strong foundation. 

Eldorado has always been a platform for me to engage with my community. That’s the backbone for why the space exists and what its mission revolves around. It’s a place that believes in dreams.

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I call it an art project - a haven for me to create and curate what’s important to me like putting people and planet before profit, supporting backyard economics, highlighting makers and artists, stocking the shelves with fair trade companies and people who practice sustainable ideals and believe in supporting bigger issues.  It’s also been a place that’s been a catalyst for community, allowing me to host neighborhood-wide events that emphasize the importance of gathering to strengthen community in a city that’s in the midst of a renaissance-like resurgence. 

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From the moment I opened Eldorado over 4 years ago, I knew a mural would adorn the 3-story building that's home to the ever-evolving art project that is Eldorado. For 4 years I've had a folder on my computer titled "mural" filled with Los Angeles based artist Hans Walor’s artwork - acting as inspirational ideas for this future dream. 

I had experienced Hans' work over many years through festivals and shows on the West Coast and became innately captivated by his visually powerful messages. His balance between the gentle fluidity and powerful structure with core visual cues that allow you to look within yourself and yet question your environment at the same time became enrapturing. He brings a calm strength to his pieces and forces the audience to look within and ask bigger questions about purpose and passion. 

4 years ago it seemed like a silly dream to think the actual artist whose inspiration work I collected would actually be the artist to create this birthday mural, and gift to the Corktown Community and the City of Detroit. 

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Earlier this year, pieces of this dream started to fall in place. As fate would have it, Chris's best friend Zach became Hans' roommate and the seed was planted. In February while out in California, we officially met Hans at a gallery opening party and spent a pretty magical California evening, full moon shining down on us, sitting around a fire pit in his backyard and learning more about each other, our work and personal passions. As Chris and I got in our car to head home for the night, the clock read 11:11 and I knew the universe was ready to make this dream blossom and grow into a reality. 

We extended our trip an extra week to connect again with Hans to talk more and how our visions aligned. Finding the overlap was a truly inspiring conversation - and it boiled down to constantly wanting to evoke a sense of discovery and to hopefully inspire others to find and follow their inner passions and purpose, too. 

Hans and I circled each other for years - a term I use when people are always in the same place at the same time but haven't officially connected. To me, it makes perfect sense that this was the timing for Hans and I to connect and share his art in Detroit for our 4th Birthday.

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The 4th tarot card is The Emperor, something that represents all the hard work, discipline and self control that’s brought you this far. “Grand achievements are not built overnight; they require a mature coordination of foresight, planning, and bold fearlessness,” wirtes The Fountain Tarot deck. The She Wolfe deck goes on to say that the card focus on "using powers for the benefit of all and using its position as an opportunity to further the gifts and the resources of everyone around them." 

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Over the last four years, Eldorado has always focused on engaging the community and art has always played a big role in this focus. We've hired local artist, Monique of Alchemy Henna to paint our windows. And commissioned our neighbors, Woodward Throwbacks, to create our planter boxes.  A few years ago we won the People’s First Project Grant through the Knight Foundation to make our neighborhood more pedestrian friendly and safer. We hung lights, designed and fabricated chairs, collaborated with Detroit Artist Louise Chen (Ouizi) to create and instal Vision Boxes that reflect during the day and glow at night, and we installed our sparkly entry way. All things that have positively impacted how pedestrians engage in our neighborhood. These projects stemmed from the mission of inclusivity and introducing art to everyone, wanting to create spaces for anyone to engage in. It’s so special to see people of all ages interacting with the art we are placing outside. We’re trying to pump good vibes out of 1700 Michigan Avenue for as far and as wide as we can- and this mural is another (large) piece of that puzzle.

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But the bigger message is really that when people choose to support small businesses like Eldorado General Store, big things can happen. This mural wouldn’t be possible without YOU and your support and encouragement over the last four years. So this celebration isn’t just our 4th birthday party, it’s honoring how important you all are in the Eldorado story. This mural is a gift to you. My hope is that Hans Walor’s work inspires you just as it has inspired me.

Thank you for believing in Eldorado and our mission for four years. Thank you for believing in Corktown and the city of Detroit. I'm in awe of how far we have all come, and we’re only just beginning. Together, all boats rise. 

 

Moments of happiness from some of the events we've hosted over the years and the memories we've been able to make together: 

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When LA comes to Town

Alyssa Morang-Pavlock is a fairy sprite in human form. She emanates light, love and sparkly creative magic dust from the core of her being. 

A Michigan native, now living in LA, we continued to circle each other while we both lived in Venice Beach. It's been so special to connect with her over the years on the West Coast and now back here in the Midwest when she comes home for a visit. 

We started selling her art at Eldorado last year, and it's no wonder why people are captivated with her visual collage story telling - she creates otherworldly landscapes and downright wacky environments.

On the Autumn Equinox we played dress-up and spent magic hour in Detroit finding beautiful spaces for Chris Miele (Adventure Guy Photo) to capture those fall sunshine rays and harvest goddess vibes. Here's a little look our Equinox adventure. 

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Mural by Revok

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Mural by Fifty

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Mural by Fifty

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Check out Alyssa's collage work we currently carry in the shop: 

Back to the Treehouse We Go

Some of my favorite moments involve playing with creative friends. I was so excited when my dear friend and ridiculously talented photographer, Emily Berger of eeberger, wanted to bring her camera and play in our Treehouse. I had been traveling for two weeks out west and had scheduled the shoot for the day after I returned. I'm always excited to come back home to Detroit, but this was extra special. 

Regina Rivard and I gathered some of our favorite Eldorado trinkets and talismans, Emily Berger brought some freshly bloomed flowers from her yard and below is the collaborative and dreamy magic we made on our 3rd floor.  

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Photographer / Emily Berger of eeberger 

Art Director & Stylist / Regina Rivard

Creative Director / Erin Gavle

Playing In the Treehouse

I had the pleasure of working alongside some amazing talent in our Eldorado Treehouse. I hired Regina Rivard earlier this year because I believe in her creative vision and wanted to give her a place to showcase her talent, while simultaneously honing her craft and building her portfolio. This is the shoot she dreamed up. And below are her beautiful words about the magical day. 

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"What happens when a visionary shop owner, a creative director, a photographer, a hairstylist and an architect-turned-model get together in a raw, unfinished space? Well, a lot of sawdust gets kicked up, but an example of future magic is illuminated, too.

“Eldorado inspires others to be creative,” Erin tells me, “and I want it to be a platform to push creatives—artists, forward.” This mission of hers has deeply resonated, personally, and practiced through my participation in our team, a dream team, made of real life magic. This April I directed the first creative photoshoot to take place on the third floor of the leaning cake slice of Corktown; Eldorado shop owner, Erin, affectionately has named the space “The Treehouse.”

Despite the chill of the spring air, and kisses from lingering winter breezes floating through the uninsulated walls, the aura of the space on that day felt warm. Running up to the third floor from the shop with billowing piles of rugs and hides in arm, again with stuffed Kilim pillows, then wicker furniture, potted plants, a bundle of sweet-smelling sage, a glamorous disco ball nearly half my size, a set was created that belonged as much as to the transformed space as it would any interior design magazine.

Our model was dressed in Eldorado head-to-toe; precious lace, pink pants shimmering with glittery threads, flowing silk dashed with ribbons, and the contrasting hard leather of heavy boots. Her hair was teased into loose, natural, texture, a hint of moisture applied to her skin to catch the light, then some of our favorite stones are placed onto her bare wrists, and between the knuckles of her thoughtful hands. 

Since the day The Treehouse was teased as a creative space via this shoot the influx of interest has been exciting! In its current state, light pours through the southern windows facing Michigan Avenue, and splashes upon the rough concrete walls, which still have century-old wallpaper from its original tenants clinging to its pores. Unpolished wood floors lie under the framing beams of what will be a new ceiling, and the framing between the rooms the open space does not yet, but someday will, contain. It’s a perfect blank canvas.

Eldorado is on the map as a place to visit when in Detroit, gather items of inspiration, and here also to invite and encourage artists to create and collaborate.

Let’s make magic?"

-Regina Rivard, Eldorado Creative

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Dream Team:

Photographer / Ernest Turner

Model / Femke Lokhorst

Creative Direction / Erin Gavle

Art Direction & Stylist / Regina Rivard

Hair & Makeup / Kelsey Angst

Spring Awakening - A Day At Graye's Greenhouse

As the warmth of spring emerged from the slow slumber of winter.  We bathed in the sun-soaked air, drenched ourselves in new growth and flowers, and welcomed Spring and her bounty. And so we awakened. 

There are times when we need a sweet delicate breath of inspiration and creativity. And sometimes we need a massive electric jolt of it. After the never ending winter, I was feeling so artistically void of creation and sparkle. Which is exactly when I got an email from Miranda Clark, Photography instructor at Center for Creative Studies.  She was looking to pair Detroit businesses up with students for their Fashion Photography + Narrative course to provide them with real world experience. And so the collaboration with CCS photography + videography student Madeline Kidd began. 

Madeline, myself and Regina Rivard, our Eldorado creative, spent the most beautiful Spring afternoon at Graye's Greenhouse with two amazing ladies, models Raquel Ray and Thalia Morales-Esparza, who brought all the lovely energy. Vibes were so high that day. It was simply dreamy. Here's what we created together.

And seriously, if you haven't been to Graye's Greenhouse, you gotta go. This place is magic for the soul. 

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When Civic Duty Calls: Women's March on Washington DC

When Civic Duty Calls: Women's March on Washington DC

It was a cold, dreary day. Actually, it had been a week of cold, dreary, lifeless and sunshine-less days all in a row here in Detroit. We were deep into the dull abyss of winter and I was feeling that deadly January vitamin D deficiency creep into my mentality and overall disposition.  That's when I took to Facebook and asked, "Ok friends, who's going to the Women's March in Washington DC?”

Alchemy Henna + Eldorado

I just love collaborating with Monique of Alchemy Henna.  Whether she's painting the windows at Eldorado, leading a workshop, carefully adorning my skin in henna or whipping up apothecary goods - we always have such a lovely time. 

I've been really enjoying sharing the art and ritual of henna with others, which is why I was so honored Monique asked me to be in her video celebrating her craft. 

Henna For All

At the tail end of January we had a such a fun evening hosting the Alchemy Henna Introduction to Henna Workshop. We dined on delicious food, drank wine and learned all things henna - including how to adorn our own bodies in the worldly techniques of henna designs. We practiced by frosting cookies and moved our way to decorating hands and arms. Monique of Alchemy Henna, didn't let anyone leave without a beautiful personalized henna tattoo and a goodie bag filled with henna to use at home. 

It was a night filled with creativity, friendship and laughs. I'm so thankful Emily Berger of eeberger photography was there to capture the event. 

If you missed the workshop, don't worry! We're having another Henna Workshop Tuesday, March 22nd from 6-8pm. It will focus on more techniques and designs - a perfect class for first timers or a great stepping stone if you've already taken our first workshop. Click here to find out more and reserve your spot! 

Winter Wreath Workshop

We did it again! With the overwhelmingly positive response to the Fall Floral Workshop, Eldorado along with Made Floral, Katoi and eeberger decided to whip up another workshop just a few weeks later and just in time for the holidays. 

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Martha of Made Floral taught the ladies and gents how to craft the perfect holiday wreath, while Courtney of Katoi dished out some delightful Thai-inspired food, and photographer Emily of eeberger captured the night's festivities.

It's been a real privilege working alongside these ladies and getting to spend the evening with a group of people that possess such good vibes.  It's so exciting seeing everyone be given the same materials, and yet create such completely unique and one of a kind wreaths. The smiles and laughter were definitely overflowing that night. 

I can't wait for more workshops in the new year - stay tuned!

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Fall Floral Workshop with Made Floral

It was such a lovely time in the shop getting to collaborate with Made Floral, Katoi, and Emily Berger of eeberger to host the Fall Floral Workshop on November 19th, 2015.

When I started off on this venture of opening Eldorado General Store - I had dreams of getting to host events, talks, workshops, and parties. Creating moments that shared creativity and talent from people I admire and enjoy supporting - especially female leading ladies. Allowing conversations to happen amongst innovative makers and doers.  It was a big, exciting moment for me to see that come to fruition. Small steps to the bigger plan of Eldorado. 

We were so shocked and honored that the workshop sold out in less than 24 hours. It was a full house and a great experience learning how to create our own unique floral arrangements in Eldorado vintage vases while Katoi fed us delicious treats. Below are some of the images Emily Berger captured. 

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Eldorado General Store Made Floral Katoi Emily Berger
Eldorado General Store Made Floral Katoi Emily Berger
Eldorado General Store Made Floral Katoi Emily Berger

Sfumato: Drenched in Scent

Chris Miele, (aka Mr. Adventure and leading lad here at Eldorado), had the opportunity to work closely with Sfumato over the last few months and has really summed up perfectly the essence of the brand, their core values and why they've been a brand Eldorado has carried for close to a year.  It's been a true delight working with Jane and Kevin as they hone their passion - creating and sharing Sfumato fragrances with others. Below are some words and images Chris composed. 

 

Something I've come to value are immersive experiences.  It's the reason why I spend days in the backcountry, months on a bicycle, or a week at Burning Man.  It's the way I process my surroundings and build a foundation for creating images.  This summer marked the first time I was able to have this type of immersive experience when working for a small business.  To my delight the employers were also friends.

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Corktown views

Last winter Kevin Peterson from Sfumato Fragrances walked into Eldorado General Store to give us a cold pitch about his hand-made fragrance line.  Tall, quiet, and calculated, Kevin gave us a polished presentation and overview of the fragrances he had been crafting.  We were hooked, Sfumato was the first fragrance Eldorado would carry.  His scientific approach to scent coupled with his wife Jane's sharp eye for design made it clear that this was a couple following a passion.  When Kevin asked this summer if I wanted to lend a hand helping them prep for the holiday push, I was excited to not just help, but to get a closer look at all the subtleties that define the soul of their products.

 Wax sealed by hand. Yes, as official as it looks.

Wax sealed by hand. Yes, as official as it looks.

Sunday's were usually production days.  Sessions would begin with a little coffee followed by cueing up the first (of many) classic rock albums on vinyl.  After this initial jump start, the afternoons would carry on smooth and steady, much like how their fragrances are designed to evolve.  We'd fill vials, fold boxes, cut samples, and wax seal packages for impending delivery.  Tasks were delicate and precise, the pace was focused and yet relaxed.  The attention to detail in each step was something to marvel at.  Musical gaps between record changes never lingered too long. 

 The turntable's reflection mimicking the music selection.  

The turntable's reflection mimicking the music selection.  

I'd bring my camera, but would wait until something during the session struck me to photograph.  Never had I really created images this way, but that was the power of being immersed.  Actually working with the product and experiencing the environment gave me a different level of appreciation for photographing it.  As much as I wanted to shoot all the intricate details that compose the actual scents (there are TONS) I tried to distance myself and point out the less defined activities that make Sfumato so authentic. 

 Countless essential oil vials line the shelves of Kevin's workspace.

Countless essential oil vials line the shelves of Kevin's workspace.

Regardless of the day's progress, we always would stop for sunset.  The couple's 3rd story patio provided sweeping views from the Ambassador Bridge to the western edges of Corktown.  Depending on the mood, either a fine craft brew or a freshly muddled mint julip (that's of course with mint from the garden) would accompany the wind down.  Kevin has been playing guitar for years so usually he'd play a few tunes as the colors in the sky began to deepen.  While it seems simple and even obvious, stopping to watch the sun fade really sets the tone for what you value.

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Gol.den hour warm up

 Mandatory sunset send-off.  

Mandatory sunset send-off.  

Witnessing someone's passion is a pleasure, but getting to participate warrants another level of appreciation.  As Detroit continues to make itself known as a community of builders, crafters, and creators, its important that endeavors like Sfumato are recognized.  Not just for their desire to build a product, but for the reasons why they created the product in the first place.  It's taking time to enjoy the neighborhood, sharing ideas with friends, and appreciating the gaps between the process that makes Kevin and Jane's vision so honest.  Sure it'll always be about scent first, but it's nice to know Sfumato values the details that encompass what it means to live your passion. 

Burning Man

Chris and I ventured into the dusty playa desert for our 4th year of mischief and magic. Our 2nd of which we spent together - living in a solar powered, air-conditioned, homemade hexagonal yurt that Mr. Adventure made us last year. 

He left by car while I met him 4 days later by plane. He scooped me up from the Reno Airport and we headed off into the sunset. Anxiously awaiting what magical trip we would experience. 

It's hard to sum up into words how meaningful and life changing a place like Burning Man is for both Chris and I. It's a place that really lets us reflect on how far we've come over the last year. And focus on what we'd like to achieve in the next 365 days ahead. It's a silly and strange wonderland filled with amazing people and unique situations. There is music and art. And sharing. Learning and growing. It's so inspiring to both of us.   

For now, I'd like to share some of Chris's photos - his images really seem to capture that otherworldly glow that a place like the playa has.  You can read his articles about Burning Man here and here

 

 Waiting in line with our yurt strapped to the roof of the adventure wagon. Solar panel soaking up that sun. Photo by Chris Miele

Waiting in line with our yurt strapped to the roof of the adventure wagon. Solar panel soaking up that sun. Photo by Chris Miele

 The flags are the first and last signs of "home."  Photo by Chris Miele

The flags are the first and last signs of "home." Photo by Chris Miele

 Black Rock City is not the kindest of environments but look at that heart and soul oozing through the cracks of the playa.  Photo by Chris Miele

Black Rock City is not the kindest of environments but look at that heart and soul oozing through the cracks of the playa. Photo by Chris Miele

 Sunrises are magical at Burning Man.  Photo by Chris Miele

Sunrises are magical at Burning Man. Photo by Chris Miele

 Just having a morning boogie & bloody mary. Life is good.  Photo by Chris Miele  

Just having a morning boogie & bloody mary. Life is good. Photo by Chris Miele 

 Every year this artist builds different words. One year it was Believe. Last year it was Love. This year, Dream.  Photo by Chris Miele

Every year this artist builds different words. One year it was Believe. Last year it was Love. This year, Dream. Photo by Chris Miele

 So much fun interactive art in the middle of the desert.  Photo by Chris Miele

So much fun interactive art in the middle of the desert. Photo by Chris Miele

 The dust storms were pretty intense this year. One of the worst I've been in. Visibility was down to a few feet.  Photo by Chris Miele

The dust storms were pretty intense this year. One of the worst I've been in. Visibility was down to a few feet. Photo by Chris Miele

 Pirates and mischief and magic, oh my.  Photo by Chris Miele  

Pirates and mischief and magic, oh my. Photo by Chris Miele 

 Cool glowing art orb.  Photo by Chris Miele

Cool glowing art orb. Photo by Chris Miele

 When you're wearing a pink sequined onesie and you find your gigantic disco ball.  Photo by Chris Miele

When you're wearing a pink sequined onesie and you find your gigantic disco ball. Photo by Chris Miele

 My friends breath fire.  Photo by Chris MieleO

My friends breath fire. Photo by Chris MieleO

 The inside of our yurt palace.  Photo by Chris Miele

The inside of our yurt palace. Photo by Chris Miele

 Magic.  Photo by Chris Miele

Magic. Photo by Chris Miele

 Taking a cruise through town.  Photo by Chris Miele

Taking a cruise through town. Photo by Chris Miele

 The dance game is my favorite. And this is my favorite  picture from the dance game.  Photo by Chris Miele

The dance game is my favorite. And this is my favorite  picture from the dance game. Photo by Chris Miele

Cross Country Cruisin

I flew into Las Vegas and Mr. Adventure scooped me up at the airport on his drive through town. He was moving from LA to Detroit and I sure as hell wasn't going to let him have all the fun solo. A cross country cruise always deserves a co-captian. We drove through wind and rain, snow and sun. We saw some pretty amazing countrysides while I gathered goodies for the shop. Here are some shots from the road through the lens of Chris Miele.