The Coolest Pop-Up: Old Ache
This summer I went on a grand wedding tour of Michigan, starting on the Leelanau peninsula way up north on Lake Michigan. It was all about pontoon-boating, lawn games, lake dips, dune jumping and poking around little lake towns. When we drove into Leland, the very first thing I saw was a shop window that said “Old Ache” in this beautiful mix of fonts. I love font mixage. And I loved the name right away.
Had I not been traveling for the next 2 weeks, I would have bought so much at this store, which I later learned was a pop-up for the summer. It’s a badass, finely curated collection of desert rock goodness started by a brother/sister team who travels around collecting bits of interest. I want to say she’s straight out of a Free People catalog, but these people have a style and character all their own. I only came away with a small jasper arrowhead (when what I really wanted was the giant jasper arrowhead ring) and a “Surf Leelanau” sticker, just because it was a graphic I liked and because I’m a lake newbie, made me laugh a little to think about surfing there.)
Check out their website (they sell online!) and their Instagram gallery. The combination of rustic old wooden tables, serape striped pillows, block prints, shark tooth and turquoise jewelry, vintage tchotchkes and succulent planters left me swooning…here I am, still talking about it 2 months later.Modern Hyde Chair $800 2. Sunset Serape Pillow $100 3. Seafoam and Fuzz Alpaca Stripe Blanket $88 4. Shark Tooth Ring $85 images via @oldache
To top it all off, the inspiration for the shop’s name, Old Ache, is just about the most beautiful and sad and true thing I’ve ever read:
“Apparently, then, our lifelong nostalgia, our longing to be reunited with something in the universe from which we now feel cut off, to be on the inside of some door which we have always seen from the outside, is no mere neurotic fancy, but the truest index of our real situation. And to be at last summoned inside would be both glory and honour beyond all our merits and also the healing of that old ache.”
― C.S. Lewis”