What do you get when you put a musician-plus-artist, husband-and-wife team Duquette and Morgan Johnston together creating a small boutique in Woodlawn? Club Duquette brings you creatives’ essentials for everyday living.
There have been a series of slick new offerings in Woodlawn, from the food and drink at Woodlawn Cycle Cafe to the unexpected combination of hair care and coffee products at Public Office. Club Duquette is in that latter vein, crafting a business model out of an owner’s unique set of product interests. And that just might be Woodlawn’s genius development.
Sample the Ursa Major products at Club Duquette, for instance, and you’ll get first-hand advice on how to use them. Not to mention Duquette’s urban minimalist tip that the product line is wholly unisex. (That makes for handy lightweight travel when a couple can share all liquids, he noted.)
With Duquette’s background as a touring musician, it’s no surprise that store clothes lean toward classic casual Americana. There are tee shirts and denim, field jackets and plaid, in hues that work onstage and in real life. And at Club Duquette, a basic tee shirt has a bigger story: Duquette said part of the proceeds from their Woodlawn High tees support the school’s music program.
Our favorite part of the experience, though, was the scents. Whether it’s the unexpected but light fragrance of Ursa Major skin care or the comforting clove scent of Great Bear Wax Co beard oil, these are smells we want to come back to.
The Dragon’s Blood candle was a particular favorite, and Duquette described the scent as a combination of patchouli and blood orange and some other things we can’t remember. But the smell continues to haunt us in a good way. We’re usually quick to write off patchouli, but this version is deeply hippie chic. Not unlike the shop’s “supplies and vibes” tagline.
Avondale’s been lauded as “Birmingham’s Brooklyn“–and we’re inclined to agree–but that makes us wonder what the pop culture avatar is for Woodlawn. With its combination of historic charm, new ideas, and thoughtful development, it may be its own changemaking symbol.