Briana and Carmen Valdez’s Bluebird MarketsSep 30, 2019 11:00AM ● By Enjoy Magazine
Story by Kimberly Horg
Photos courtesy of Bluebird Home and Lifestyle Market
ONE-OF-A-KIND RELICS aren’t so hard to find if a shopper knows where to search. Treasure hunters flock to places like the Bluebird Home and Lifestyle Market, where vendors bring their unique and limited quantity art and craft items to sell. Bluebird Home and Lifestyle Market is on historical Draper Street in Downtown Kingsburg, but it also sells its goods at other markets in Kingsburg and Fresno.
In November, Bluebird Home and Lifestyle Market celebrates its one-year anniversary. A mother-daughter team brings numerous combined years of retail, customer service, design and event planning experience to the table.
“I am the owner and maker behind Angel Gypsy, a luxurious plant-based bath and beauty line officially established in 2016 and designed to heal both body
and soul through aromatherapy and energy healing techniques,” says Bluebird Home and Lifestyle Market co-owner Briana Valdez.
Her mom and business partner, Carmen Valdez, owned a home retail shop in the 1990s when they lived in Colorado. The two combined their skills to create Angel Gypsy, their own line of apothecary. Carmen started traveling outside of the Valley on the weekends to vendor markets and events to promote and sell it. She also grows all the flowers and herbs for her daughter’s products, which are made in-house.
“Last year, my mom retired and after mulling over ideas that we had been considering for years, we made the decision to open a new brick and mortar store together,” she says. “I grew up in her store, and now I get to have my own shop with the best business partner ever by my side.”
The Valdez women wanted to create a storefront that not only showcased the brands and styles they love the most, but also encourage community involvement and promote local artisans.
“We saw an opportunity to curate a monthly shopping experience that promoted local makers and an appreciation for handcrafted goods,” Briana says.
Their style can be described as French Nordic Country meets California Glam. The shop is adorned with an assortment of home furnishings, lighting, garden decor,
gifts, stationery and one-of-a-kind found and vintage items. In the “Apothecary” room, customers find its plant-based bath and beauty line, Angel Gypsy, as well as handmade jewelry, fashion accessories, inspirational gifts and much more. Above the front door reads, “We celebrate the beautiful bluebird as a symbol of love, hope and happiness.”
“Keeping things new, fun and exciting is always our main goal and we hope that is reflected in everything we do, from the décor we sell to the music we play, and that customers feel right at home and joyful when here with us at Bluebird,” says Briana.
She says her store and markets are more than just a shopping excursion; they’re also a gathering of friends and family within the community to celebrate creativity, togetherness and good times.
Originally the business kicked off its first monthly market in November 2018 right after it opened, so it is fitting that it will celebrate the one-year anniversary at the Harvest Nights themed market on Nov. 9 with other local artists.
In September, it expanded its markets to Fig Garden Village in Fresno, hosted the first Saturday of each month from 11 am to 5 pm. Bluebird Market at the Warehouse and at Fig Garden Village are free to attend and are family- and pet-friendly. There will be specialty food vendors including cotton candy, ice cream and popcorn, as well as a DJ and live music.
“We want our guests to feel welcome to spend a day with us to enjoy food and drinks, music and to learn more about the creative community here in the Central Valley,” she said.
Briana says the markets are a great place for local brands to network with each other and for customers to find handcrafted goods and unique gifts. The variety of vendors helps ensure there is something for everybody and for every price point.
At each market, there is a food truck and free games for kids. Every market has a different theme, so customers can look forward to different food, drinks, decorations and music every month. Past themes include Paris in Bloom, Flower Power, Floral Fiesta and An Evening in Roma. October’s theme will be Rustic Roots, a Country Western Night at Bluebird.
In Kingsburg, markets are the second Saturday of each month, and times vary depending on season. From September through November, enjoy fall evenings at Bluebird from 3-8 pm. It will resume regular 10 am to 4 pm hours in December.
“My mother, Carmen, and I are very excited for this year’s holiday season inside the shop and to continue our monthly Bluebird Market at the Warehouse,” she says.
Inside the shop on market days, visitors will also find market specials and sales, or sometimes special events like book signings and DIY workshops.
“We are proud to be a part of the growing community of female business owners and very much enjoy being able to work side by side with family every day,” says Briana. •
Fig Garden Village in Fresno: Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7
Bluebird Home & Lifestyle Market in Kingsburg: Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14 www.bluebirdmarket.shop • Find them on Facebook and Instagram
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