Rediscover quality...buy handmade! Originally opened in 1997 as Kinks, Quirks & Caffeine, our store was an instant hit among locals. It was surely refreshing to have such a FUNky store in the midst of the 'colonialism' of Williamsburg, VA. In its early years, the store was credited in helping Williamsburg obtain the honor of being named a "Top 25 Arts Destination" by American Style Magazine. It was also named "Williamsburg's Best Art Gallery" in its first year of operation. Since then we have gratefully accepted many honors and accolades. We are regularly voted as "Williamsburg's Best" Gift Shop and Art Gallery. Most notably, we have won two NICHE ‘Top Retailer’ Awards.
In 2011, we were ‘reborn’ as Quirks of Art, and then in 2017 Quirks when we moved to downtown Williamsburg. Here almost everything we sell is passionately handmade or designed in America. We are so proud to represent such amazing and talented artists…there have been over 1,400 through the years! Unique handcrafted works from over 400 artisans from throughout the United States are on display. Owner Jennifer Raines scours the country in search of new artists and thoughtfully handpicks each item. She notes that most pieces are handmade and many are one-of-a-kind. The store offers a wide selection of handmade jewelry, pottery, glass, Sticks furniture, local art, clothing, and many other sweet treasures.
We are very committed to building ties with the local communities we serve and are VERY proud of the level of philanthropic work we do. Click here to learn more about our Nonprofit CultureFix.
Quirks is now located in downtown Williamsburg at 423 Prince George Street, and this April our sister gallery The Sideshow will debut at 221 North Boundary Street, Williamsburg, VA.
MEET THE GANG...
Jenn, The Ringmaster & "Chick-in-Charge"
Our fabulous leader is a born party girl. She works hard and plays harder. Relentlessly passionate about small business, and bringing art and music to Williamsburg she co-founded the nonprofit CultureFix - of Winter Blue Jazz Fest fame of course! Bouncing between projects (Like our brother store Spoke + Art Provisions Co. , conference calls, writing magazine articles, trade shows, and traveling the world - she likes to keep the adventure going! You'll often find her little buddy Zack tucked safely under her arm. Jenn's always on the prowl for what’s new and fun, of course, sometimes an idea pops up… and flits away just like that. We're all just trying to keep up.
Kendra, The Odd-ball Sparkle that Keeps Us Straight...
Our trusty Gallery Manager (and an odd-ball among odd-balls) Kendra loves all things glitter, art, and geekery. She is crazy about Quirks and will 'schpeel' your ear off when it comes to one of our artists or her favorite pieces in the store or the next CultureFix project. Who doesn't love to chat ART! This mom of two boys is known to leap before she looks, take business (and play) very seriously, she loves to travel, and speaks 'unicorn' fluently. (That's a fact.)
Steve, “The Crazy Brit”
Steve owns a local event management company and co-founded CultureFix and Spoke + Art Provisions Co. with Jenn. He's also widely loved by many in the area. After two years of chasing Jenn, she finally agreed to date him. (If we say so… they’re both pretty smitten) He has the energy of a hummingbird… living on a diet that consists of chocolate and coca cola. He says F*^k a lot. (as expected) If you've been to Williamsburg, you've bumped into him we're sure- he's everyone's favorite!
Zack, Official Gallery Mascot - Employee of the Month
Zack is Jenn's 12-year-old Maltese 'puppy'. He loves to greet customers, very enthusiastically sometimes. He's been coming to work since he was a puppy, and considers himself to be a pro. He's getting a little crusty in his older age, but sometimes still acts like a puppy. His favorite store activity is his annual birthday party.
Quidjit "Squidjiggy"- The Little Ol' Lady
Quidjit is Kendra's 13 year old Jack - Yorkie mix... but she is in a league all her own. Often running head to head with Zack for Employee of the Month- her favorite activities are being pet - eating treaties - and visit Quirks with Mom.