Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring Done Sprung

Here at Rala, we're shedding our winter coats and relaxing our way towards warmer weather. Check out some of our new Spring-inspired trends:
Hand-painted cats and mason jars made of recycled wood by Knoxville's own, Beth Meadows

Brand new totes by sassy pants Emily McDowell.

Hand cut recycled leather tassel keychains by Cold Gold.

These candle scents by Paddywax are ready for late nights spent porch-sitting.

Local ceramicist, Amy Hand was our First Friday artist this month. In honor of the Dogwood Arts Fetival, she made us some pieces with dogwood flowers!
Pack up your sweaters, grab some sunglasses, throw on your favorite sandals, and head on down to Rala for the best in Spring things.
Happy April!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Don't Let it Snow in Your Heart

Valentine's Day is upon us - and so is a snow storm! All the more reason to stay inside and snuggle the ones you love. Check out these great cards and gifts for that special someone:



Get all of the snow out of your heart and off your front lawn, and show some love this Friday.
Happy Valentine's Day, Knoxville!


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Lost and Found: A First Friday Tale

Ready to fall in love with something you lost? No, not a lost love. We're talking about found object love. Local jewelry designer, Suzanne Cunningham, is a self-proclaimed observer of life and lover of color and nature. She takes discarded trinkets and treasures and creates a new life for them with her beautiful  found object jewelry, ForYouByQ. Come celebrate First Friday with us at Rala on
February 7th from 5 to 9 and maybe you'll find something you've lost.

Want to really impress your love on V-Day with a unique gift and awesome card?
Stop by and let the Rala gals help you find the perfect gift for your special Valentine. 
Our cards can't be beat!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Turn Up The Cozy

If you're like us, you are ready for this winter weather to be over! Since Spring is still a few weeks away, here are a couple of ways to stay warm and cozy: 

 Flasks by In Blue give you a constant alcohol blanket.

Some tea for you, Madame? One honey stick or 2?  Mugs by Knoxville artist, Amy Hand.

Bath time? Book time? Sexy time? Candles by Paddywax.

Cook up a heat wave with a spice set by PLANT Brooklyn and salts by Beautiful Briny Sea.

Get those feet a-movin' and body a-groovin' with some music from local favorite, The Black Lillies.

 All natural handmade lip balms by Meow Meow Tweet and shea butter lotions by Tokyo Milk will be a good defense against the nasty cold weather.

Grab your coat and head on down to Rala for some great products!
Don't forget Valentine's Day is about 3 weeks away - get ahead of the game (of love), and get your cards early.
Follow us on Instagram for some Valentine's insta-piration and much more!
Happy Winter!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Dashing and Dancing on First Friday

Happy Holidays Knoxville! Dash and dance on over to Rala this Friday, Dec. 6, for the equivalent of a mug of hot cocoa for your eyes. One of our favorite local artists, Brian Pittman is back again and he's loaded us up with new and beautiful cathedral drawings for this holiday giving season.

Don't forget the Knoxville Christmas parade is Friday at 7pm. Come down early to eat, drink, be merry, see Santa, and party with us on First Friday. Your stockings sure are gonna be happy!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Baggage Claim

 Our First Friday artist for November is the ever-funky, Jon Pemberton of Maryville, TN. Jon creates unique works of art using vintage suitcases and pop culture subject matter. His bright color combos and witty compilations make his pieces come to life.


Breaking Bad is over, but don't worry, Walter White lives on.

 This suitcase is a fully functional boombox. Seriouly, y'all, this thing is awesome.
 This Popcorn Sutton mini bar comes stocked with mason jars and glasses.

Wouldn't it be a dream to do all your Christmas shopping without stepping foot in the mall? Wouldn't it be wonderful to support small, local businesses this holiday season? Wouldn't it really top it all off to give that special someone a one-of-a-kind gift they'll never forget?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then Rala can help turn that dream into a reality!

Come by Rala Friday Nov. 1st from 6-10pm and see more of Jon Pemberton's a-maz-ing show "Baggage Claim."


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Girls' Night In!

We're so excited! Can you guess why?
This Friday is the 10th anniversary of 
Knoxville's First Friday event.
 Rala is honored to feature our dear friend and local artist, Cynthia Markert.
Cynthia has brought us a whole new gaggle of girls to adorn our walls for a
fabulous First Friday! 

 This piece is even called "Girls Night Out."

 Please stop by Rala from 6pm to 10pm and join in the festivities.
 Cynthia will be here from 7pm to 9pm, so come in and say hello and view her
extraordinary new ladies.
Happy 10th birthday, First Friday!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Nostalgia in Blue and White

Rala is proud to be carrying Amy Hand ceramics. After earning her graduate degree from the University of Tennessee, she set off into the world to create beautiful and functional studio pottery.
Butter Bell
Silhouette mugs
Small vase and Large mug
Sake Pour

Cheese Plate
Her blue and white motif is sold exclusively at Rala. Look for more from Amy at the Market Square Farmer's Market.
 Happy fall, friends!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

First Friday at Rala

We are proud to present two of our very own, Alaina Smith and Amanda McCall
Rala’s September First Friday.
Alaina’s ColdGold handcrafted, leather accessories are blowing up on Etsy and we couldn’t be more proud. Her leather wallets, earrings and key chains are functional, upcycyled and beautiful.
ColdGold hand-painted leather earrings
Amanda’s Salt + Spirit has developed quite a cult following for her hand bound journals and silkscreened stationery. She painstakingly selects the finest materials to create her one-of-a-kind products.
Salt + Spirit hand bound journal
Antique hard covered journal by Salt + Spirit
Both UT printmaking graduates, Alaina and Amanda are committed to making products with a unique aesthetic that are environmentally friendly.
Come meet the artists at Rala this Friday from 6 – 10pm. And be sure to like them on Facebook!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

We ♥ Knoxville

Hey y'all! Come in and check out our newest Knoxville-lovin' merch. 
 Space Invaders Shirt by One Kolor Design

 Dolly Parton Shirt by Urban Cricket

 Soap by Meow Meow Tweet / Journals by Scout Books

 Dog bandanas by Meghan McCrary