Friday, July 4, 2014

We're feeling especially Independent...

Whether you plan to spend your day grilling with family, riding your bike around Knoxville or watching fireworks, the Fourth of July is a special summer day. While it may not traditionally be a gift-giving holiday, if you're looking for something Red, White or Blue we've got you covered!
Want to keep up with the goings on at Rala?
We love our country and our customers, too! So be safe, eat a hotdog, and have a fabulous
Fourth of July!


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

There's a Rustling in the Bushes

...And it's our friend and former coworker, Amanda McCall!
For June's First Friday, we're showcasing this talented designer and dear friend who recently moved to Savannah, GA. Through her love of travel and collecting, she brings us a new look for her handmade paper goods line, Salt & Spirit.
Hand bound journals by Salt & Spirit:

We're excited to lure Amanda away from the Spanish moss for our First Friday event and show you her beautiful new work.
 Come by Friday June, 6th from 6-10 to meet the artist and pick up a beautiful handmade piece.
 You won't wanna miss it, but if you have to, we'll be showcasing her work all month long.
See you soon!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Rala Hearts Dads

Father's Day is officially less than a month away. Are you ready? Come gear up for the big dad's day at Rala.

We've got LOTS of great cards to tell dad exactly how you feel.

Show dad some love with a funny face mug by Nelson Studios.

Add to dad's t-shirt collection with one of these nerdy tees.

It's not hard for us to say it - WE LOVE DADS!

Show the dads in your life why they're special to you this coming June 15th with a little something from your favorite local store!

(And don't forget to stop in and see us while you're at the Market Square Farmer's Market every Wednesday and Saturday!)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

It's Art Time in Tennessee

It's First Friday time!
We are excited to announce that we are hosting not one, but two special events
for First Friday this May.

  Rala is helping host the "2014 Biscuit Art Exhibition".
 Join us that evening for a red carpet event right outside our door where the winners of the art contest will be announced.

The biscuit art is also displayed at Coffee & Chocolate and Bliss Home throughout the month.
This exhibit includes 30 biscuit themed pieces of art as interpreted by different artists.

We're also excited to bring you new work by one of our favorite local artists, Mike Ham. Father to WBIR's Abby Ham, Mike's work is inspired significantly by children's artwork. Here is just a taste of the fabulous work we're showing by this wonderful artist:


"Sometime Salvation"
"The Man From Yellow House"

Come visit us this Friday while we're lookin' real swanky. 
Our events start at 5:30 pm and end at 10 pm. We're looking forward to sharing SO MUCH great artwork with you!

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."