An earnest thank you
by Ari Takata-Vasquez
Viscera recently celebrated six months and to describe it in a word, it is surreal. The opening feels like it was just yesterday and yet, meeting all of great people I’ve come across on this journey seems like it should have taken years. First and foremost, I’d like to say from the core of my being—thank you. None of this would have been possible without your support. For that I am beyond grateful and know that I would be no where without you, my friends.
As a small business owner, I wear a lot of hats and often feel like I’m running a marathon with no time to stop. But at this milestone, I’d like to take a moment to breathe, to take a look back at where we’ve been, and to take a look forward to where we will be going.
A short year ago, I began planning Viscera (whose original name was actually Gris). Since then I’ve been on numerous trips to Las Vegas, New York and Los Angeles and feel like a seasoned pro at the tradeshows. We’ve done three photo shoots (we do all of our own photography and graphics in-house). Viscera was nominated for ‘Innovative Newcomer’ at the Indie Awards. And Viscera has been written about by 7x7, Thrillist and a handful of small blogs. To say the least, it’s been a whirlwind adventure.
Looking forward, we have a number of new projects to be excited about. If you’ve been following us from the beginning, you know we were approved to build a parklet before we even opened up shop. We’ve been a bit delayed by the Latham Square reconstruction but the good news is that it gives us time to further design our mini-park. Our parklet will use 3D printed joints which will be the first of its kind.
We're also launching Viscera Vintage in the coming week. We'll have a small selection of fantastically designed pieces with a unique twist. I personally love vintage pieces because you know they have stood the test of time and you're unlikely to see anyone else with the same item.