Mindful Nest in Burbank: crafts with a conscience


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Mindful Nest, a new Burbank store devoted to affordable, handmade contemporary crafts, was designed by co-operators Diane Jackson, Amanda Vernon and Jennifer Hardaway to be a mindful way to shop. “We support local artists and small American companies,” Vernon says. “We buy directly from artists who speak to us, and we make sure part of the proceeds goes back to the community.”

The sunny shop, which opened this summer, steers clear of disposable consumer products made overseas. ‘You can come here and invest in something that won’t go away in a week,’ Jackson says. Instead, Mindful Nest features works by more than 100 artists who create jewelry, pottery and prints.


Hardaway, pictured above in her lab, creates her Klean line of natural body and bath products. Shoppers can make their own scented candles, diffusers and room sprays by sampling the different fragrances at a blending bar in the back. More photos after the jump.

Above, from left: Owners Jennifer Hardaway, Amanda Vernon and Diane Jackson.

Above: Ceramic face masks by artist Chris London.

Above: Quality Time tin signs, which are assembled in New Orleans.

Above: Clocks made from recycled 45-rpm vinyl records by Vinylux Inc.

Above: A stereoscope by Jim and Tori Mullan.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo credits: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times