There are a lot of good reasons to head to Mid-Main on any given day: the breakfast tacos at Tacos A Go-Go, the frozen palomas at Double Trouble, the parade of cute biker guys waiting for a haircut at Big Kat's. But my favorite stop on Mid-Main for the past two years has been The Tinderbox, a hybrid shop/crafter haven that stocks a mix of jewelry, paper goods, leather bags, apothecary, and other products all handmade by local artisans. The store was a shoo-in for inclusion on our list of 101 Great Little Shops in Houston in the March issue of Houstonia.
Well, alas, all good things must come to an end. Owners Ren Mitchell and Wayne Ayo just had their first baby and have elected to put the brick and mortar store "in hibernation mode" for the near future, according to a letter posted on the shop's website.
"Although we are temporarily closing the physical site of our business, we will continue to host seasonal craft Markets and collaborate with other Houston independent businesses to bring you craft + DIY classes throughout the year while we pursue other creative opportunities," it reads. "The end of one venture often signals the start of something new...the beginning of the next exciting journey is already in the works, and we can’t wait to announce our next project soon (wink wink)! We are thinking hard (and objectively) about repackaging and moving our current setup and catering to the needs of Houston makers and shoppers looking for unique and handmade products."
The Tinderbox will be open this weekend, with plenty of products, craft supplies, and even the handmade store display tables on sale.