Northern Liberties Boutique Trunc is a place for artists looking to display their handmade treasures – CBS Philly
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — If you’re a fan of one-of-a-kind items and one-of-a-kind creations, this week’s Open for Business segment highlights a store that might be perfect for you. Eyewitness News reporter Vittoria Woodhill takes us to Trunk at Northern Liberties where they celebrate artists and designers specializing in the personal touch.
“A chest can go through anything, it can go through a lot of things, you’re not going to knock over a chest,” owners Dorothea Gamble and Dagmar Mitchell said. “We are rooted in the cycle of life.”
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In the Northern Liberties, Trunk is an eclectic artisan boutique that’s more than just a retail space, it’s a vibe. A place where owners Dorothea Gamble and Dagmar Mitchell have opened their hearts and their hardwood shelves to artists looking to display their handmade treasures.
“It’s mud cloth, and it’s by Val Gay, and Dinga is one of our most famous artists. It’s her clothing line here. Isn’t it beautiful? She tie- dye and then screen print,” Gamble said.
What is the purpose of people?
“To get handmade products into every home, to get our customers and consumers to understand the value of handcrafted versus machine-made,” Gamble said.
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Mitchell adds, “It’s made of love. You can tell this person was passionate about his art as opposed to 20,000 machines.
Partners in business and in life, their childhood stories couldn’t be more different.
“I was born in Germany,” Mitchell said. “I lived there for six years in an orphanage, I was adopted and brought to this country. Lived a pretty good life. This is where we differed a bit. I went to private school, Friends Central.
“I didn’t grow up with money, a very, very poor family, so I knew how to survive on that. my mom was a DYI person. I did everything in the house: install the panels, the construction, the plumbing, the electrical, the whole nine yards,” Gamble said.
But what roots them in Trunc is their appreciation of the different and many ways their artists tell us the story of who they are.
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“Typically people go back to their ancestors or their grandparents or their family and they come up with something they’re used to,” Gamble said. “It’s nice to have a business that you can give back and you can support a community of artisans. People like to invest in something, even if it’s an idea. And then you want a unique one so you can use it as an heirloom because we don’t have many left, we still talk about things that our grandmother left us, but we’re all going to be grandmothers at some point given so we have to leave something to someone.