Retro Bowling Night with Tree + Leaf March 31 2017

Hi! Heather Hayes here. Here is a brief intro about me + Collected Thread // I started working at Collected Thread in 2013 as the shop girl. How fun is that title by the way? In 2015, I started Everything Beautiful, a floral design company specializing in events + weddings. If you know Lindsay, owner of Collected Thread, she is crazy supportive of small business owners and her community! She allowed me to use the back of the shop to arrange + design when I started and I loved the Plaza District so much that four years later, I'm still here. The wonderful Holly Hodge is the primary shop girl now and rocks it! I fill in from time to time when they need a helping hand and love every second!

There are several things I love about Collected Thread and The Plaza District, but for me my story is // C O M M U N I T Y // When I started working at Collected Thread four years ago, I had no idea the family I was gaining. I've known Dusty, owner of Tree And Leaf, as long as I've known Lindsay and some days I claim his crew as my family too. Although a lot has changed over the years and both companies have grown, this still feels like home.

Whew, enough with the Hallmark story and onto the shenanigans! I'm always trying to come up with ideas and instigate ways for Tree and Leaf and Collected Thread to hang out. Talk about two worlds colliding! So a few months ago I pitched the idea, "Hey, we should have a bowling night!" Guess what? They took me up on it and we managed to get the whole crew in one place for an epic bowling night at Dustbowl! Talk about miracle of all miracles. I bowled a perfect game and Collected Thread inevitably dominated Tree and Leaf. Well... kind of. 

Here are a few of our favorite pictures //

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Lindsay and Dusty keepin' it casual + classy. By the way, thanks Lambo for the images! You and that 35mm are the real deal!

Isn't she a babe? // PS // Mustard yellow is Lindsay's favorite color so who really knows if this was even the right size for her.

Holly Hodge, being the stunner that she is. Duh.

I mean, how cute are we? The cutest. // Internal monologue: "Why did you wear a dress bowling, Heather?" 

// Matt Hildebrand, Dusty Gilpin, Lindsay Zodrow // Yeah... Ya know, I couldn't really tell you. I'll let you caption this photo in the comments below.

The American dream really, but sorry fellas. Andrew put a ring on it!

Our best attempt at the "serious" face. I'm seconds away from laughing, Lindsay looks like she's thinking, "What time did I tell the babysitter I would be home?" and Holly is just like, "I was born for this!"

And that's it folks! My crazy little crew that I wouldn't change for the world! If you enjoyed this post and want to see more, we would love to hear from you! What are some things you would like to be involved in? What should Tree and Leaf + Collected Thread's next collaboration be? Until next time.

About our neighbors T&L // Dusty Gilpin, Steven Silva, Jacob Danley (Lambo), + Matthew Hildebrand //

"The name Tree & Leaf was originated on a whim but has come to mean quite a bit over the last 10 years. Tree & Leaf represents a collective passion for the outdoors shared by the owners, employees, and clients of our company. Whether it’s hiking, camping, skating, or sailing, we have an eagerness to explore.

Tree & Leaf represents a like-mindedness for community growth and involvement. Building and encouraging an art community, volunteering at a neighboring school, or helping a friend repair a broken vehicle; Tree & Leafers have a persistent fervor to improve their surroundings. There is always a point where an idea ends and action begins, we firmly believe in getting our hands dirty to accomplish our goals."