Monkey & The Bee will be setting up shop at the FINALS of THE SHOWDOWN – Round II.
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Monkey & The Bee will be setting up shop at the FINALS of THE SHOWDOWN – Round II.
Wigs – Wine + Dine: LIVE
Dinner & A SHOW with your host: Onyx Anderson.
JOIN US FOR A GREAT NIGHT OF LIVE SINGING FROM SO MANY LOCAL TALENTED FOLKS INCLUDING:
Jada Pinkett Fox, Eva DeLeon, Michael Duane, Jasmin Indigo, Alvaro Ramalho, Chris Sanders & Zach Thomas (aka Gloria Devine)
On the Turntable: DJ Christopher
Come for the wine, the food, the music, the entertainment and the shopping! It’s going to be a party and we’ve got something for everyone! You never know who else might be performing!
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An extra special thank you to all of our current customers and new customers that we met over the weekend and we look forward to seeing you soon!
We love all of the support from everyone at this event and are always welcome to hearing your feedback. If you have any suggestions please feel free to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and see you next year!
Thank you to Charlie McDonald & Honey Pot for inviting us to set-up during your event this year at the Round-Up Saloon. Such a fun event with great people, amazing entertainment from Joseph Veazie + Steven Shedd, and a warm welcoming atmosphere! We are super excited to have launched our new Oh, Honey design at your event and are even more excited that THEY LIKED IT … THEY REALLY LIKED IT 😛
Proud to introduce a new line of Tees called our Artist Collaborations. Similar to our Artist Edition tees that we auction off for the TRUE COLORS FUND each year, these tees will donate back to charity, but will be produced in a larger (yet limited) quantity. These tees will take a graphic element and combine them with the vision of the selected artist to create wearable art.
Our first venture is with Dallas Artist Ven. Monkey & The Bee has taken a piece of one of his paintings and had it screen printed onto a long sleeve white tee. The print wraps around the neck collar to the back as well as from the front side to the back. What truly makes these t-shirts unique, is after the screen printing process, Ven hand-painted in a similar style to the original painting on each of the shirts. Each one of these shirts is a real piece of wearable art and a collaboration between Monkey & The Bee and Ven.
25% of the proceeds from the sale of each of this shirt design will be donated directly to the Youth First Program at the Dallas Resource Center.
Art saved my life. I was lucky to have found something to get me through my childhood. Knowing the statistics, not everyone in our community is as luck as I was. I want to make sure programs like this continue to thrive, supporting our LGBTQ youth as they face the battles that we know intimately. Youth First is actively giving LGBTQ youth the tools to not only survive into adulthood, but live quality lives as adolescents by providing safe spaces to be themselves. It is only by donations that they are able to fulfill their purpose. – Ven
We do pop-up shops … a lot of pop-up shops. So we thought … why not share with you some of our inspirations and interactions with the people that we come across during these events.
Pop-up shop, trunk show, vendor market, guerilla retail … these are all terms that we’ve learned to embrace in the past couple of years and have really come to enjoy. Every month you can check out our EVENTS page and find out where we will be next and when you can get your next dose of Monkey & The Bee (+ Glenn and “The Lady Debra”).
With this being the first, of what I hope to be many posts, we are going to share just a few of our favorite stories.
We chose TRBU as our first MAJOR event because each and every year “The Monkey” would come home from his “real job” boasting about what a great group of guys the TBRU guys are. We often do “BEAR” themed shirts and what better place to showcase them then at Texas Bear Round-Up. So we put together our first major display and headed out to see if we were “onto something” with our shirt line.
One of the best feelings during our first TRBU, was watching the doors open on the first full day and having customers from all over (including Australia) make a B-LINE straight to our booth. They seemed to really like our designs, the quality of the t-shirts, and the fact that we often offer sizes up to 4XL.
Another stand-out was this past TBRU, Miss Domita Debaun Sanchez took one of our Bear Hugs Tshirts and customized it for her drag aesthetic and hung out in the booth with us. She took pictures with customers, helped sell some shirts, and even helped do some folding. Domita has become a great customer, promoter, and best of all friend of Monkey & The Bee! #domita4bears
After our second year with TBRU, we knew that this would be an annual event for us. It’s already on our calendar for 2019 … and we are working on having new shirts, new accessories, and some new ideas for the weekend. We can’t wait to see everyone again and can all agree that these guys know how to have a good time, shop, and are a very supportive customer of ours.
Pogonophile … ??? What’s a Pogonophile? Where did you come up with that?
“The Bee” was set up at the Dallas Eagle for Bear Lockdown in the pouring rain. Luckily, we brought our tent and everyone was keeping in good spirits. The best thing from a vendor stand point about having the rain is that everyone crowds into your booth. Well, this was just the case. The patio at the Eagle was getting pretty packed. We had probably 10 people browsing our merchandise while shielding themselves from the rain. This one woman kept look at the “The Bee” and finally approached him and asked:
“Can I touch your beard?”
Thrown off a little, “The Bee” hesitantly replied … “Are you gonna buy a shirt :P?!?”
“I can’t help it … I’m a total pogonophile?”
The woman explained that a pogonophile is an admirer of beards. “The Bee” let her touch his beard and continued chatting with the woman for a while. She was very sweet and after a long talk … “That’s going to be our next shirt!”
“The Bee” always tries to come up with something new when he’s out at vendor markets. He often gets inspiration from his surroundings and interactions with customer for new designs.
So who knows? Maybe next time you see us at a pop-up shop … something you say or do might become the next Monkey & The Bee tee!
Last but definitely not least … Dallas Pride! Talk about an amazing event to really boost your confidence.
2017 was our very first Pride event and we were completely unprepared. Tommy and “The Bee” arrived at set-up at 8:00am and began unloading all of our typical pop-up shop stuff and taking it to our designated area. When we arrived we noticed that all the other vendors had TENTS! You would think that this was something we would have in our inventory. But, since most of the events that we had done so far were all indoor events, we never even thought about having a tent.
Luckily Tommy decided that we would make the best of it! He convinced “The Bee” to set up our shop as a pass through between the different vendor rows. This allowed for people to walk through the middle of our row instead of having to walk all the way down to the end of the aisle of other merchants to move on to the next aisle. As a pass through, we probably got more attention that we would have if we were just set up as we normally had.
During the day, we met a ton of people and sold a lot of shirts! One of the best things about Dallas Pride is that there is a TEEN PRIDE AREA and we noticed quite a few younger people with their parents doing a little shopping and having a good time at PRIDE. This one kid kept walking through our shop. He’d stop and look at the designs, chat for a minute, and then move on. Really nice kid … but he didn’t purchase anything, he just kept coming back … would chat for a bit … and then move on. Towards the end of the day, the same kid comes back and is REALLY LOOKING at our PRIDE FOX design. He asks “The Bee” if we had it in an XS. Luckily, we still had one left. He said “GREAT!” And then LEAVES!!!
Tommy and I were both a little surprised by his departure but decided it was about time to get ready to pack up and load up the truck. We start breaking down the shop, putting away merchandise, and taking down our signs when we hear:
“Wait! Stop!” coming from a female voice.
The kid and this lovely lady are speed-walking toward the booth! Of course, we stop packing things up and wait for them to get over to the booth.
The mom asks, “Do you still have that Fox shirt in the XS? It’s the one my son REALLY LOVES! This is his first pride event and I want to be the one to buy him his first pride shirt!”
UGH! My heart melts and I wanted to just GIVE her the shirt. She insisted on paying for it, which as a small business … I appreciated. I hand the shirt to the boy and he immediate takes the shirt out of the bag and throws it on.
Who knows? Maybe next time your story will end up as part of our INTERACTIONS & INSPIRATION!
Here are just a few Highlights:
What a way to kick off #pridemonth for 2018 at Texas Bear Round-Up. Thank you to everyone that helped, stopped by, purchased, hung out, and supported Monkey & The Bee at TBRU this year. It’s a great event that we look forward to every year and can’t wait to do it again in March 2019! Happy Pride!
A special shout out to Domita Debaun Sanchez. We <3 you!
Thank you to all of the guys at the Eagle Houston for having such a great street party over Houston Pride Weekend. We met a ton of people, sold a lot of shirts, and got to really introduce our company to the Houston Community. We are so happy that we got to make it down for this event and can’t wait to do it again!
Special Shout out to Rob & Daniel from the Eagle Houston for making the event fun and flawless!
Everyone has been asking when new designs will be coming out … well … a lot has been happening … The Monkey & The Bee got married in July!
We started Monkey & The Bee as a way to potentially help pay for our wedding. We did it! We have had tremendous support from our customers for the past 8 months and are excited to take the next step in our journey with you.
In the news … We were humbled by the request by the Dallas Voice to do an article about our company for this years’ Pride edition.
Instfamous … or at least we felt that way when the article came out. Want to know more about Monkey & The Bee … this is a great article that tells you more about what we are about and how we are involved with the lgbtq community in Dallas.
Most recently, The Bee and Tommy & Glenn, hit the road to set up shop in Longview, Texas at RMC. This was our first venture outside the Big D and boy was it a great trip. We left Dallas on a Friday night a couple weeks ago, drove out to Longview, set up shop, and mingled with the crowd at RMC, then headed back home. It was a long night but well worth it! We had a great time meeting new people and of course selling some tees and tanks!
Everyone at RMC, from the owners, staff, and patrons of the bar were so very welcoming and supportive of Monkey & The Bee. We can’t wait to go back with new designs and styles!
Out and about! Of course, we have been setting up shop all over Dallas for the past couple of months. Some of the great businesses that have allowed us to set up shop include: The Round-Up Saloon & Dance Hall, S4 – The Rose Room @S4, and Cedar Springs Tap House.
The Monkey has been out and about with our Monkey & The Bee GOT ME! bags … hitting the streets and handing out our special promo bags.
You never know when this will be happening or when he’s going to pop up and get you!
And last but probably most important to us … we are gearing up new designs for 2017 Dallas Pride Festival (Official) we wanted to reflect on the amazing support we have received from our customers so far this year. We are truly thankful to each and every one of you.
Giving back to the community is very important to us. Although we are a small company (started late last year) we do everything we can to give back in some form or fashion (pun intended) to the community.
So far this year we’ve been able to contribute to:
As well as gift basket donations to many different fundraisers and benefits.
#givingback #awarenesstees #supportsmallbusiness #shopsmall #monkeybeetees #monkeyandthebee #graphictees #lgbtq #gaypride #dallaspride #bigD
Michael Albee and Frank Martinez started their t-shirt company — Monkey and the Bee — after “we started freaking out about how to pay for our wedding,” the men explained.
Martinez suggested Albee, a graphic designer, put his art on a t-shirt. And, Albee said, “We decided to go for it, see if there’s an interest.”
Read the rest of the article on the Dallas Voice!
Our first shout out goes to Dalton & Kiva Rapattoni … They took the time out of their busy schedules to stop by Monkey & The Bee to purchase an Awareness Tee to support the Dallas Resource Center Health Campus – Nutrition Center. On top of that Dalton posted this silly picture of him wearing our tee on his Instagram account and got us a few more sales (which means a few more donations) that we may not have gotten without their help. Thank you Dalton & Kiva for your support … we truly appreciate your kind spirit and helping us out with the February Awareness Tee charity!
We are in the planning stages for our Spring photoshoot and getting new designs ready for the Spring. Stay tuned because the Monkey has a lot of ideas that are going to take a LOT OF MODELS! Want to model for our next shoot … send us an email: email@example.com
We have more pop-up shops, new products, new styles, and more color coming for the month of March!
Thank you to Walter, Molly, Kelly, Wes, and Blake for another fun photoshoot for Monkey & The Bee. We appreciate you guys spending a little time with us to help get some great shots of our new products!