Fan*Alley for the Curated Geek Odd and Unique

What’s your name and what do you do?

My name is Eva Sowinski. I own fan*alley, a small retail shop in Anaheim, CA. I sell for artists and makers from the U.S.

How did Fan*Alley get started?

A friend of mine, Danielle Ochoa and I started curating craft shows and were asked to open a retail shop in Anaheim. After 2 successful years as "A Little Known Shop", we decided to branch out and become our own stores, "fan*alley" and "Layla & Lisette".

What is your favorite kind of fan art?

Unique takes on fan art. Not just mash ups, but seeing an artist's interpretation of what they see

How did the yeti heads get into your shop? What drew you to them?
When we were "A Little Known Shop" we reached out to "Yetis & Friends" after I saw them at a convention. How can you not have yeti heads in the shop?!! 

How many Cons have you been to? Have any funny stories to share about going to them?

I started going to cons in 2013. WonderCon was my first experience. I was immediately addicted and found out there were others like me. I've been to about 10 cons since. No funny stories, but I did get to meet Chris Sanders and had a long conversation with him at Comic Con. Great guy!

Do you have any advice for independent shop businesses starting out?

It's scary, no matter how much money you start with, it's scary. Time consuming, tons of paperwork and a lot of taxes. However, the reward you feel when you see your customers & regulars, there's nothing better.

Do you make any art? If so what do you do?

I make "art". I like to sketch cartoons. Mainly cats and other animals.

If you could cosplay as any character who would you be?

I would be Astrid and have Stormfly

Fun Questions:

If you were stranded on an enchanted island who from the Geek world would you bring with?

 I'd bring Harry Potter! 

If you could go anywhere in time and space where would you go? 

To the 1920s