Southern Indiana Living

NOV-DEC 2018

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Nov/Dec 2018 • 13 M ichelle Ryan's dad once told her that True North in the biblical sense meant that if you follow north, geographically, you would end up a few hundred miles away from the true north. "Dad, you just told me what the name of the shop is going to be," she told him. Ryan applied this to her life and her business. "Applied in life and biblically, if you follow your true north you stay on the right track, treat people well, do the right thing, just try to be the best that you can," Ryan said. Ryan, a New Albany native, opened her shop downtown 3½ years ago. After taking a year to plan, she decided it was time to fulfill a lifelong dream. The shop True North follows the handmade movement, providing func- tional pieces that are also nice to view. In her preparation, she had already attended art festivals and fairs and reached out to a network of people to decide whose work to carry in the store. "There are over 50 different artisans. Almost all of them are local, which is re- ally special to me because I love having a one-on-one connection with these peo- ple," she said. "It's like they're family." She said there is much more of an emotional investment and connection through the process of working with local artisans. It also allows for quick commu- nication if someone has a custom request. True North carries a variety of items, from wall hangings and coffee tables to vintage clothing and handmade jewelry. Ryan wanted the products to be made with natural resources and more function- al than not. "The more minimal people are with their lifestyles now, they tend to veer away from stuff that isn't functional and also pretty to look at," Ryan said. One of Ryan's favorite things is the ceramic line by Dallas Wooten. "It wows me every time he brings a collection in," she said. "And it's kind of a tie between Paul Weddington's wild, wood-slabbed coffee tables and accent tables." Ryan's favorite part of the journey has been working with the locals and getting to know customers; however, the shop opened during a difficult time. Fifteen days after the store opened, Ryan's dad passed away. He left behind the name of the store and a way of life for Ryan. "We were best friends and it was very sudden, but when I was planning the store I didn't want to stress about the name because there are so many things that come with it," she said. "Not having him around makes the name even more special than its already special meaning. Pictured: (left hand page) A table filled with handmade candles and other items sits in the center of the store. (this page, top) handmade housewares from local artisans are available for purchase. (this page, bottom) this storage bench would be the persfect spot to sit and rest, or gather your things before heading out the door. - Michelle Ryan, Owner of True North

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