Upon entering, three distinct areas of well-laid-out eye candy unfold before you. Carefully placed paintings and prints decorate the white walls, and plenty of natural light washes over displays of toys and figurines. Brandt Peters, who co-owns Stranger Factory with his wife, Kathie Olivas, says they decorate the shop as they do their home. “We show how you can actually put your own collection together,” he says. They salvage furniture, shelves and other recyclable cool stuff to mix in with the art pieces.
The owners would like to involve more local artists, but for now most of the work is from elsewhere. Still, Olivas says they have strong personal connections to each person whose work they show. She and Peters have been active in the art and gallery world for decades and purposefully develop long-term relationships with artists. One example is Travis Louie, who has paintings and a book of his images in Stranger Factory and also collaborates with the owners on new designs for toys.