Four-Legged Bird to offer handmade, vintage items

Four-Legged Bird, located at the s-curve on Archibald Yell Drive in Fayetteville, officially opens at 5 p.m. Friday, April 12.

Photos by Todd Gill, Flyer staff

When three locals decided to open a store inspired in part by a recent visit to Portland, choosing a name and a logo for the new place came naturally.

They put a bird on it. A Four-Legged Bird, to be precise.

The new store, set to open Friday, April 12 at 275 S. Archibald Yell Drive in Fayetteville, is filled with art and handmade goods, along with some vintage jewelry and other items.

“About 75 percent of our products are handmade, and most are created by local artists,” said co-owner Keith Caudle. “Most of the rest of it is vintage.”

Keith Caudle (left) and Jason Jones unbox pillows Wednesday made by screen print artists Andrew and Katie Martin, the husband-wife duo behind Tulsa-based Passive Juice Motel.

Screen printed t-shirts, locally-made greeting cards, pillows, prints, hand-painted signs and up-cycled clothing are just some of the many items available at the new store.

Caudle, who will open Four-Legged Bird with his sister Robin Caudle Jones and her husband Jason Jones, said that the shop was inspired by handmade arts and craft stores he visited during his travels to other U.S. cities, in particular, Portland, Oregon.

“I just fell in love with Portland, and I was kind of wanting to move there,” he said. “My sister (business partner Robin Caudle Jones) finally said, ‘Let’s bring some of the things you love about Portland, to Fayetteville.’ That’s one of the things we’re trying to do.”

Artists with products at the shop so far include Andrew and Katie Martin, Chad Maupin, Ben Strawn, Adam Posnak, Adrian Leffingwell, Carson Roncketto, Jason Jones, JoAnn Wardein, and several others. Caudle said he hopes to continue to add new artists unique products as he goes along.

A t-shirt display made from an old chicken coop is mounted to the wall inside the newly remodeled space now home to the Four-Legged Bird.

“We’re always looking for new consigners,” he said. “They can just email me, and we’ll have a look at their stuff and see if we can carry it.”

The name of the store was inspired by a drawing Caudle made on a Portland restroom chalkboard. “At the time, I was talking about going back to school to be a graphic designer,” he said. “I drew a bird, and my friend said, ‘Don’t quit your day job. Your bird’s got four legs.'”

“The funny thing is, that’s exactly what I did,” he said. “I quit my day job and couldn’t be more excited.”

Four-Legged Bird officially opens at 5 p.m. Friday. After that, the store will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and from 1-5 p.m.on Sunday.