Shop Talk: Susan Kristin Malone Johnson
Owner, Home Malone
How did you start Home Malone? Home Malone began by refinishing furniture in my carport. While I had my tools and paint out, I began making rustic signs with New Orleans inspired art and sayings on them. I sold them at various regional art markets and local retailers. My focus eventually shifted to my artwork, and I was able to pursue it full-time. Today, I’m proud to curate and sell my art along with the work of over 100 other local makers in two charming New Orleans storefronts.
What’s unique about Home Malone? We carry work that’s exclusively made in the Deep South. Our focus is to make sure products aren’t just being designed locally, but also being produced locally.
Who are your customers? We serve mostly locals who want to spend their money locally and prefer a quality product over mass-produced. We have the best customers whose support for New Orleans and its artists is unrelenting.
What are your favorite pieces in the store right now? Our series of Southern-inspired dish towels and our festive New Orleans themed door hangers. We pride ourselves on being a spot where you can find a gift for just about anyone!
Is there anything coming up that you’d like to tell readers about? We are thrilled that we just opened our second location in February at 4610 Magazine St.!
Home Malone, Mid-City:
629 N. Carrollton Ave., 324-8352; Uptown: 4610 Magazine St.,