San Antonio proprietor of the coolest, hippest lifestyle store in the Alamo city…..meet Courtney Beauchamp and her Tiny Finch…and wait till you hear about her family dynasty where talent and creativity abounds!
Very recently my hubby and I made a very spur-of-the-moment decisions to make a mad dash out of this city of ours for a long weekend and visit that infamous area of San Antonio that we’ve been hearing so much about……The PearlBrewery and its campus of great restaurants and cool shopping. We were also excited to be able to sneak away into that fabulous Hotel Emma and have a new life experience, so different from the San Antonio that I knew and loved so much in my former life.
About Tiny Finch: Because of my connection to her fabulously talented family here in Houston, I planned ahead to make a visit to Courtney’s Tiny Finch, which was located on the Pearl Brewery Campus and I had been told was the chic place to shop for an eclectic mix of all things home, art, beauty with a small sampling of great stationary and oh-so-clever-cards with a dash of apparel in the mix. Courtney had previously owned a fashion boutique called Penny Lane that she operated for about five years in Alamo Heights, sold it and it is still in operation today. It was after selling her store and making many visits to Houston, she got inspired by a store that she often visited here and that we all know and love……Kuhl Linscomb, that she had this thought that there was nothing like that for San Antonians to visit and shop. Courtney says to this day that Kuhl Linscomb was her inspiration and I must say that she has done an excellent job of capturing their essence, without copying them exactly…..it’s definitely Courtney’s vision and taste throughout.
About Courtney: There is the fact of her family, in case you are unaware: First, of all she comes from a powerhouse tribe of creatives….led by her Mom, Sharon Dreyer of John Daughtery Realtors. Her sister Christina Mitchell is the visionary that owns the uber chic, Abejas Boutique, my neighbor in the West University/Rice Village area off Kirby. Her other sister, Chelsea Dreyer, originated The Find, one of the first open-air markets of talented designers and shop owners in Houston and beyond, and of late, is living and working in New Orleans. This much talent in one family, I never find to be an accident so I had to ask Christina, and recently confirmed with Courtney where it all came from…… credit went to their Dad, a true renaissance man, the family lost three years ago. They said from the time they were a tiny girl selling pops after school he was always the one that pushed them all to be entrepreneurs and always just go for it! His motto, “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”!
Above all from different places around the globe in textures and style elements from acrylic to linens to wood, hammered metal, copper (which is very hot right now)
Loved this china…..very Vietri in feel but is called Austiere…..other fun china pieces included Kiss the Frog from Thailand
Courtney has a room of these prints by Colorado artist, Dolan Geiman that are totally collages made up of newspapers, ticket stubs, signage……anything you can imagine plus some. Detail is off-the-charts. Prints sell for about $400 where an original (she has one) sells for about $10,000…..magnificent, something to see!
Standing in front of the original Dolan Geiman that she owns are Courtney and her loyal, long standing staff…..the team that makes it all happen at Tiny finch, that opened its doors in September 2013…..Happy 5th Anniversary!
In closing, for those of you that visit San Antonio often, you must drop in to Tiny Finch. For those of you that have not experienced this new, exciting area of that city, find the time to make a fast weekend getaway. It was an awesome weekend for us, that ignited a passion in me to come home and do things differently and that’s happening now. Thanks to this great getaway weekend experience and place called the Pearl Brewery, not the least of which is this fab new store that I have now forever found to be a San Antonio destination!
Check out Tiny Finch online: www.thetinyfinch.com
Also, if you want to see much of Courtney’s very cool merch…….the two sisters will be pairing up for a “Tiny Finch Pop-up” at Abejas Boutique on South Blvd., November 8th from 9-3…….don’t miss it!!!
all photos from Roz’s iPhone