Karma & Coconuts Has Become “Home” to Many Local Artists
You could probably spend hours wandering around Karma & Coconuts. The South Cape art boutique and studio is filled with delightful, colorful creations from local artists.
Of course, just a little more than five years ago, it was only a dream for owner Denise Ahlstrom.
“I have always been into singing and dancing and other forms of art, but in college, I started getting really involved in textile arts—even some a bit more obscure arts, like Ebru and shibori,” Denise says. “Then, for about seven years I worked in the corporate world and art wasn’t as much of a priority. After we moved to Cape Coral, I went back to doing art. ”
When she returned to art, Denise was doing very well with sales, but selling through art galleries was costing her commission. She wanted to open her own space—a space where local artists could come together, work together and support each other.
“My husband said, ‘just do it,’ and that’s when I decided to create this space. It’s very much for local artists and for the community,” Denise says.
Denise opened Karma & Coconuts in January 2014 with just eight artists represented, but since then her business has flourished—now 90 artists sell their whimsical wares there.
Beyond the boutique, Denise and 14 artists—experts in various mediums—teach regular classes.
“The artists who teach here are tremendously talented,” Denise says. “They are all so amazing, and the classes are really wonderful.”
Classes start at $20 and include all of the supplies. Most classes are all ages.
“I feel like I’ve built my own tribe. This place is my passion,” Denise says. “This is my happy place, and I hope others feel that way when they are here.”
Karma & Coconuts
1112 SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral, 239.542.0424, Karma-and-Coconuts.com