Moving Forward: Social Justice Strategy Meeting

Are you interested in increasing resources and support for underserved communities in Greencastle? Let’s get together and make it happen! We will be discussing possibilities for a local LGBTQ+ nonprofit group, a local chapter of Standing Up for Racial Justice, and more. Please bring an open mind and your ideas for making Greencastle a more welcoming and accepting place for all. Tea and light refreshments will be available in the Conspire studio, and kids are welcome.

Thursday, January 26. 6-7 PM at Conspire.

 

Pay it Forward– Products to Make a Difference at Conspire

It’s a pretty diverse and colorful bunch of people who come through the doors of Conspire. Together, we’ve been brainstorming ways to use our presence in Greencastle to support marginalized groups in Indiana and encourage the kind of diversity and acceptance we want to see in our town. Conspire now carries some products that make a statement about diversity, and we will be donating the proceeds to groups that we have identified as making a difference where it’s needed. You will find the first of these products in the shop:

  • Black Lives Matter bumper stickers. Proceeds from the sales of these stickers will be donated to the Gary, Indiana chapter of Black Lives Matter.
  • Full sized rainbow flags. Proceeds go to Freedom Indiana, fighting for equality for LGBTQ people.
  • Pick up a copy of the book club selections for the new Greencastle LGBT Book Club, meeting monthly at the Putnam County Public Library. We will carry copies of the current book club pick and can provide information about meetings.

Have ideas about ways Conspire can be a supportive presence for underserved groups? Let us know!

New in the shop for the Holidays- Greencastle Gifts

It’s starting to look festive around Greencastle, and Conspire has never been so full of new things! Here are some highlights of what’s new in the shop for early December.

  • Gorgeous leather bags, clutches, and wallets from Conduit Press, along with a new selection of bound leather journals and hollow books for hiding all kinds of goodies.
  • Dried floral arrangements organically grown on Bloomington’s Hart Farm. These colorful strawflower, Winter Berry, and pussywillow bunches will stay beautiful all season.
  • Herbal wreaths, fresh holiday swags, sage bundles, sweetgrass, herbs, salves, and creams from Hobbit Gardens. We are so happy to have Constance’s beautiful local herbs and natural remedies in the shop, and look forward to carrying her teas and tinctures in the future.
  • We are now carrying a selection of books by local authors, beginning with Greencastle’s own Lili Wright. Pick up a copy of Dancing with the Tiger and stay tuned for more local authors coming soon!
  • Handmade quilts and quilted bags from Mary’s Patchwork are perfect for the cozy season ahead.
  • Elegant handcrafted jewelry by Brown County metalsmith Amy Greely Studio make a great gift, and each piece is completely unique.

Come by and get your holiday shopping started at Conspire! It’s a great way to support local artists and our community, and we’ve got the coolest gifts in Greencastle.

New in the Shop– Early November

We can’t wait to show you the gorgeous new jewelry, handmade clothes, whimsical Christmas decorations, stone carvings, and organic coffees and teas that we introduced to the shop this month!

  • Jewelry from Seize the Night Designs in Danville, Indiana. Sarah hand-engraves these unique necklaces with messages like “Brave Spirit” and “So Damn Lucky”. Check out her awesome boutique the next time you visit Danville!
  • Cute, fun handmade boutique clothing from St. Louis maker Beqi Clothing, along with a new selection of her geode and crystal rings, necklaces, and bracelets. Check out the flouncy holiday skirts and lace blouses!
  • Organic coffee from Harvest Cafe. We now carry Black Magic, Guatemalan, Breakfast Blend, Sumatra, Ethiopian, and Guatemalan Coffee roasted in small batches in Indianapolis. Come into the shop for a sample of our new Harvest Cafe teas: Snowflake, Ginger Peach, English Breakfast, Lapsang Souchong, and Cinnamon Orange Rooibos.
  • Hand carved stone sculptures from Bohemian Hobbit Studio.
  • Adorable handmade ornaments for your Christmas, Hannukah, or Solstice decorations from Whimsy Fine Art. We have colorful owls, raccoons, and foxes, and colorful garlands for draping a mantel or tree.
  • 16-bottle wine racks and reclaimed barnwood coffee tables from JB Adams Design will make a perfect gift for a lucky person.

Don’t forget to grab a cookie, muffin, or a loaf of bread when you come into the shop!

Meet the Artist: Lindsay Hine Schroeder

Meet Bloomington artist Lindsay Hine Schroeder and talk with her about her dark, whimsical, and magical paintings and vintage-inspired crafts. Lindsay will be on hand at the shop to talk about her art from 5-7 PM on Friday, November 4.
Lindsay is an award-winning artist who describes her style as “whimsical surrealism.”
“I think of it as adding something fun to life,” she says. “Reality can be kind of boring, so I take fantastical kinds of ideas and bring them cohesively into something dreamlike and whimsical.”
Light refreshments will be available in the studio.

Bakery goods are here!

If you’re craving a cupcake downtown, stop in and try one of our seasonal flavors from Brownsburg area Blondies & Brownies Bakery. Cupcakes will be available starting today, September 30, on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays each week. Next week we will be introducing local breads, muffins, fruit breads, cookies, and autumn cakes, fresh from Brazil’s Li’l Country Kitchen. Come by and try a sample!

Fun Fall Classes at Conspire!

We’ve been getting tons of questions about our upcoming classes. Now they’re here! Check out the ‘classes’ tab on the website at www.conspireindiana.com to register for one of our fall classes, beginning in early October. We’ll be adding classes all the time, so check back in to see what’s new. You can also register for classes at the shop… just come in and ask us for more information. Want to teach a class? Drop us a line with your ideas!