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The Brainchild Studio

DESIGNING THE UNEXPECTED SINCE 1997

SCHEDULED OPEN STUDIOS

Franklinton Fridays are the 2nd Friday of Every Month! 
This is a community event involving several buildings, businesses and galleries.  Franklinton Friday focuses on what’s new and happening in the area and makes for an exciting evening (from 6-10pm).  Visit us in Chromedge Studios (studio #6/located close to the Rich Street door), we are ALWAYS open for Franklinton Fridays!

Welcome Wednesdays are on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month! 
This involves only 400 Square (which includes Chromedge Studios, 400 W Rich and The Vanderelli Room) from 5-8pm.  This is a more relaxed and laid-back open studio evening which allows visitors to spend a little more time with the artists or in studios.  We try to be present on these evenings but if you’re planning to visit us on a Welcome Wednesday, please call/text us at 614-271-4756 to ensure we will be open.

400 Market Days are the last Sunday of the Month!
Combining wonderful visiting vendors in the Gallery Space of 400 with open studios, this is another laid back open studio experience (noon to 4 pm)!  Please call/text us at 614-271-4756 in advance to make sure we will be open if you’re planning to visit our studio.

By Appointment!
Since we do not have general business hours, we are always open by appointment to discuss custom work or commissions.  If you’d like to schedule an Open Studio Appointment to discuss your next project with us, please call 614-271-4756 to talk with Tammi directly.

Visit us in Studio #113!

FREE PARKING!

Where can you park when visiting Chromedge Studios?  There is some parking on Rich Street and lots of parking behind the building (on Walnut Street).  There is also a gravel lot next to the building as well (located between Chromedge Studios and corner of Lucas St).  

Please note that parking can be VERY hard to find during various Franklinton Fridays too... remember there several microbreweries,restaurants, studios, galleries and more in the area.

ABOUT US

This should be titled “more than you ever wanted to know about us”!  In 1997, Larry and Tammi Rager opened a retail establishment in Gatlinburg, Tennessee with two other partners.  This store was called Drowsy Dragon and it offered:  collectible pewter/items, bath/body items, incense/burners, stones/minerals and aromatherapy candles.  Everything was done with a whimsical flair and to encourage customers to have fun.  One of the first things they experienced was a problem with their suppliers.  Orders took long times to be received, quality varied from order-to-order, prices increased dramatically during a year and more.  This was totally unacceptable from a business perspective!

Being in the heart of one of America’s premier crafting communities, the owners took advantage of this unique opportunity and began to explore ways to create their inventory in-house to ensure quality, price and availability.  Building a strong network of friends and associates, they worked closely with professionals in the area to help guide them as they let their imaginations grow and their creative natures expand.  It didn’t take long for them to realize that they could provide the highest quality and caliber of products to satisfy their customers’ desires.  Within a year, the Drowsy Dragon had designed, developed and began to produce:

  • Luxury Bath/Body (soaps, lotions, bath fizzy tablets, bath soaks, etc)
  • Hand-dipped Incense (both cone and stick)
  • Long-burning Candles (votive, pillar and container)

They must have done something right because their products won numerous awards at Tennessee craft shows and other retailers even wanted to carry their product lines in their establishments!  Based solely on customer demand and wholesale requests, a second store was opened exclusively for the design and production of their fragrance lines (bath/body, incense and candles).

But owning a store takes a great deal of energy (much less a store and a product design center)!  Two of the original owners moved on to other things in their life and this left Larry and Tammi to take care of everything.  One of the hardest things they faced during this time was being separated from their families (who were in Ohio).  So they decided to move back to Ohio and then took a little time to hibernate…  after closing both stores, they decided to take the opportunity to reevaluate, redesign and re-calibrate their products before re-introducing them to clients and customers!  

After taking a much-needed break, they began introducing their new designs and products at fairs, craft shows, festivals and specialized events around the mid-West. 

In addition to redesigning various products they sold in their store, they have been busy working on various items that they personally love and never had a chance to place in their store.  You will always find something new, unusual and unexpected in The Brainchild Studio!!!

So you see, Larry and Tammi have made “good scents” for their customers for a very long while!  But now, they’re doing it in the Heartland of America (Ohio) rather than in the Heart of the Smoky Mountains!  Together, this husband/wife team works side-by-side to bring our creations into being.  Each part of this team brings their own unique quirkiness to everything they do and infuses their actions with humor, fun and excitement.

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