Tempe's Treehouse Collective to Open in September
Connor Descheemaker Treehouse Collective founder Moonbeam Le May opens her new shop Saturday, September 6.
Moonbeam Le May is a maker. Like many makers, she sells on Etsy, and has a community of people around her who share and support that passion to create.
A few months ago, Le May began utilizing those community connections to host a monthly second Saturday market at a University Drive warehouse in Tempe. But rather than content herself with this sort of sporadic gathering, Le May thought bigger. Thus, the idea for The Treehouse Collective was born.
On Saturday, September 6, The Treehouse Collective will open its tiny, nondescript doors to the public, presenting an overflow of local artisans offering everything from metaphysical herbs and stones to cleaning products, jewelry, and vintage clothing. Open daily to the public, Le May hopes to offer something local and purposeful to the diverse denizens of Tempe.
While Phoenix already offers shopping and learning opportunities in celebrated storefronts like Practical Art, Le May saw a void in Tempe's local, creative marketplace.
"Tempe doesn't really have anything like this. I know Phoenix has a couple places... I figure this is the perfect spot, it's not far from ASU," Le May says of her motivation.
Le May, a hairstylist, jeweler, and painter interested in the metaphysical, sees firsthand how the confluence of diverse creative media can help create something much bigger and more rewarding both for herself and the community.
As for local options, Le May observes, "I mean, there's Etsy. People shop online all the time, but we don't really have a hub [for shopping locally]. I was hoping that by making something like [Treehouse Collective], that's readily available for people to come and see, and then they feel good when they make a purchase.
"It's more like somebody down the street went and picked this stone out, and hammered it all together and made this, and I'm wearing it! And it was made with love and intention."
In addition to merchandise, Le May already hosts a weekly sewing circle in the space, and has plans to add more classes and group activities as the store opens and stabilizes, including painting, metaphysical healing, and other crafts.