We're always on the lookout for locally-themed cards/souvenirs/gifts, so this caught our eye this week: Cider Belly in downtown Albany has a new display of Albany-themed items, many of them created by designer Mitchell Biernacki under his Daydream Hunter Creations brand.
The display includes postcards, posters, t-shirts, and a few whimsical items -- such as a tulip in a bottle, and an Empire State Plaza bowling set.
Yep, an ESP bowling set.
Biernacki told us this week via email that he'd been thinking about making Albany souvenir items after doing some freelance design work for the Downtown Albany BID. When he heard that Cider Belly might be interested, he got in touch with the owners and the souvenir stand idea came together.
The stand includes some item with beautiful designs. But the thing that really made us smile was that ESP mini bowling set.
"My goal is to make new and interesting souvenirs," Biernacki wrote to us. "I didn't want a stand full of shot glasses and key chains so I researched vintage gift shops and really looked at the city for some original ideas. I had seen a mini desk bowling set and it just clicked in my head."
Biernacki said he draws inspiration from Albany's architecture. And he pointed to the book Albany Architecture: A Guide to the City as a go-to resource. The love of local architecture also led him to get in touch with artist Cara Mary, who created greeting cards and a map for the stand.
Oh, and if Mitchell Biernacki's work looks a bit familiar, you might have already seen some of it before -- he designed one of the giant Dutch-style clogs that first went on display as part of Sculpture in the Streets in 2012. That shoe is now outside the BID office on Lodge Street. Biernacki told us he's hoping to make smaller versions of the shoe that can be sold at the souvenir stand.
See also: Biernacki's DaydreamHunter Etsy shop, which includes some beautiful posters inspired by the Adirondacks.
Albany souvenir stand inside Cider Belly
25 N Pearl St
Albany, NY 12207
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