Storenvy Store Owner Inspiration & Resources

Story Behind the Store: Massalina Drive & Turning the Lights On

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My name is Allan, the owner of Massalina Drive and this is my Storenvy story.

My “day job” is co-founder of LessAccounting.com, over the past 6 years I’ve worked in pixels designing the interface for our application. I was an art major in college, I’ve always loved creating things with my hands. Working in pixels, especially in a startup, you eventually lose the satisfaction that creating a lasting object gives you. Pixels changes so quickly, hard work is iterated on, nothing lasts when you create things online in pixels.

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Back a few months ago I started having the urge to create again, something I could hold, feel, touch, see even pass on to my children. I’ve always loved functional art. I love metal and wood, I love something with a story. Rust, dings, bends, weathered, like me, imperfect, flawed but has a story. Building lamps is joyful.  I love finding pieces of discarded ”junk”, bringing them together and giving them a second chance. Something about sharing something you built with your hands feels right.

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As my house filled up with lamps my wife started nudging me to sell some. My friends seemed to like my art and wanted to buy them. So I needed a website that could help me find the next caretakers of my lamps. Storenvy.com allowed me to quickly setup a store, then using my pixel-skills, customize it making it into whatever I wanted. My store is called Massalina Drive, it’s the road my Dad grew up on. Something about that name felt right to me.

Every lamp I sell is exciting and sad at the same time. I build lamps the way I’d like them to be, when they sell I’m happy to see someone else enjoy them, but sad to see them leave.

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Check out Massalina Drive and pick up your own one-of-a-kind lamp!

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If you are interested in sharing the story behind your brand feel free to email us at stories@storenvy.com. We’d love to share it!