Co-op Business Partner Profile: Tye-Dye Everything

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Arlene Falcon, the cheerful owner of Tye-Dye Everything is as colorful as the unique creations she makes.  If you want anything tye-dyed, Arlene is the person to see.  She has 175 different items in her store and is willing to make just about anything you can think of.  She says, “We are kind of like the Bubba Shrimp of tye-dye.” In addition to the expected t-shirts, skirts, and socks Arlene has made tye-dyed lab coats, scrubs, wedding party dresses, bedsheets, underwear, shoes, and even a tye-dyed goat skin for a drum head.  Arlene says, “If it’s cotton, we’ll dye it.”  Her clothing fits babies to size triple X.  She is always experimenting with new colors and patterns, mild and wild, but the perennial favorite is still the rainbow spiral design.

Arlene’s business was inspired at a Grateful Dead concert she and her husband attended in 1987.  While at the concert she picked up some tye-dyed shirts for her children.  They enjoyed the shirts, so her husband suggested they try their own hand at tye-dying. Through experimentation and reading books, they figured out how the process worked.  They bought 20 new shirts, tye-dyed them, and took them to the 20th Annual Woodstock Celebration in Spokane.  The shirts all sold, and they realized they had something good going on.  So they made more shirts and started taking them to barter fairs, and as Arlene says, “The rest is history.”

Arlene is originally from New York City.  When she was 22, she left to spend three years in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Then she felt the call to “go west young woman”.  After traveling for a while, she ended up in Pokey Creek near Santa, Idaho.  At that time, she had three children and was pregnant with a fourth. The family moved from their bus into a log house where they lived until 1992 when they moved to St. Maries and took over a screen printing shop.  Although seen as a hippie, Arlene’s engaging personality won over the conservative community and she even ended up making tye-dyed uniforms for the hospital and nursing home staffs.  In 1998, Arlene and her husband divorced and she happily moved to Moscow, a place she had come to appreciate while selling her creations at the Renaissance Fair.

Arlene is a member of Buy Local Moscow, is the vendor liaison on the Renaissance Fair committee, andorganizes vendors for Hemp Fest.  This time of year she is busy setting up booths in various outdoor venues – first Hemp Fest, then down to Lewiston for Art Under the Elms, then Renaissance Fair.  She also has shows in Seattle, Spokane, and other cities.  Through traveling and Internet sales, her beautiful tye-dye creations are being worn around the country.

Arlene enjoys her shop behind Mikey’s Gyros in Moscow.  It is nice to have a place where she can do production and also have a retail shop.  It is small but adequate.  She loves the downtown location and the people who work at Mikey’s.  To see some of her bright and colorful clothing and other items, visit her store at 527 S. Main or her website at http://www.tyedye-everything.com/

TYE-DYE EVERYTHING IS A MOSCOW FOOD CO-OP BUSINESS PARTNER

  • Through our Business Partner Program, Co-op owners receive a discount on locally-owned businesses that partner with the Co-op, and the Co-op promotes our locally-owned partners.
  • Co-op owners receive a 10% discount on all purchases from Tye-Dye Everything
  • Tye-Dye Everything can be contacted at 208-883-4779 or tyedye@moscow.com
  •  For more information about the Co-op's Business Partner Program, please ask for a brochure and/or an application at the Customer Service Desk or click here