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Husband and wife team opens design store in Arts District

By Hayley Fox
Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at 09:07AM
Alen Lin

Hammer and Spear is now open in DTLA's Arts District.

A new design store on Santa Fe Avenue is now open and selling a wide range of new and vintage home goods -- from $9 playing cards designed by Shepard Fairey, to designer couches that cost thousands of dollars.

Store owners and married couple Kristan Cunningham and Scott Jarrell, say their shop, Hammer and Spear, is a product of their 16 years of collecting as a couple.

"We truly believe that everything you use that you bring into your home should be the most lovely version of that thing you can find,” said Cunningham.

She added that both her and her husband have a background in TV (she hosted the first season of an HGTV design show and is a lifestyle expert for shows including "Rachael Ray"), and they were waiting for a break in show business before they opened a store.

Cunningham said that Hammer and Spear fills a design void -- the halfway point between big box retailers such as Target and extremely expensive, Beverly Hills shops.

Their selection includes stationery, furniture, lamps, artwork and knick-knacks. The duo are both from West Virginia so a lot of their items come from there as well as estate sales and auctions.

Cunningham said their store is set up very similar to their loft. She explained that by making the place look homey, it's easier for customers to actually picture the items in their own place. The store owners went as far as to stock the fridge with beer, put out comfy chairs and spread vintage Playboy magazines on the coffee table to try and encourage people to sty and hang out.

"The most important thing to us is that locals know we’re here,” said Cunningham.

The store will be open from 11 am. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It will be closed Sunday and open by appointment only on Monday.

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