Weldon Jack celebrates anniversary with trunk show 

click to enlarge Jarod Smith, owner of Weldon Jack, models a pair of Danner Boots which will be featured in their 1 year anniversary & trunk show event.  mh
  • Jarod Smith, owner of Weldon Jack, models a pair of Danner Boots which will be featured in their 1 year anniversary & trunk show event. mh
Weldon Jack, a coed barbershop and modern-day general store featuring a variety of merchandise related to art, motorcycles, grooming products, home goods and apparel, is holding a one-year anniversary trunk show.

It will feature new provisions available at Weldon Jack. Weldon Jack screams retro, and owner Jerrod Smith said that his product lines and atmosphere is a hat-tip to an era forgotten, when men aspired to be well-groomed and the products they purchased stood the test of time.

“I think the biggest thing for us is that quality counts. If you have quality products, you can provide legacy in the products that you have,” Smith said. “If you were to buy a pocketknife from me, it’s going to last a hundred years and you’ll be able to pass that down and have some legacy in that pocket knife.”

The shop was birthed when Smith had studio space in the Plaza District. The Society was a working studio where he created art. He also rented the space to other artists.

“There was kind of a missing component for craftsman in the work we were doing,” Smith said. “We wanted our mission to be a community-driven collective art space giving young artists an opportunity to show their work.”

Smith’s answer to that missing craftsman component was Weldon Jack. Named after his grandfather, Jack Weldon Smith, the store encompasses the man his grandfather was — it’s also a play on the phrase “Well done, Jack.”

Weldon Jack gives local craftsmen a place to sell their products but also offers a service in the barbershop that might help drive the retail side of things.

click to enlarge Silver Piston hand etched hobo dime ring, available at Weldon Jack, and will be featured in their 1 year anniversary & trunk sale...  mh
  • Silver Piston hand etched hobo dime ring, available at Weldon Jack, and will be featured in their 1 year anniversary & trunk sale... mh

“About seventy-five percent of the products that we carry are made here locally,” Smith said.

As for the trunk show, Smith hopes that aside from showcasing new wares, he can bring to light some misconceptions about Weldon Jack while helping to inspire a greater sense of community.

Danner Boots out of Portland, Oregon; Frost River outdoor waxed canvas backpacks; and Silver Piston hobo nickel jewelry out of Atlanta are a few products to be showcased during the event.

“A lot of people see us as just a men’s shop where a bunch of dudes are sitting around, drinking beer and cussing. That’s not what we are,” Smith said. “It’s a family-friendly place with products that are providing a simpler lifestyle for men, which makes home life, relationships and spending time with family easier. We are always pushing these communal events and the idea that community happens around jobs like this.”

The trunk show is Saturday at Weldon Jack, 3621 N. Western Ave., and it is open to all ages. The event will start at 6 p.m. and run until 10 p.m. following the stores regular business hours. Idabel, Mont Lyons and Jose Hernandez will perform, and food will be available from Kaiteki Ramen and G’s Chili Company.

Print Headline: (No) junk in the trunk (show), A men’s aesthetic shop celebrates its one-year anniversary with food, music, booze and a preview of merch.

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