Where it began
It was the spring of 2020 and the world was faced with new challenges. Everything that was normal had changed. Realizing something needed to be done to draw her community together, Crystal (company founder) wondered what she could do to make a difference. What was that special something that could bring us all joy? Then it hit her: sidewalk chalk! Could something so simple draw people together in fun and creativity?
After weeks of research and learning how to pour and pop specialty chalk shapes (pale, straight sticks simply wouldn't do) 500 pieces of chalk were poured, popped and carefully placed in boxes. She delivered each box with a note inviting neighbors to be part of the first neighborhood sidewalk chalk art gallery.
It was a hit! Twenty-five of the 38 homes in the neighborhood participated and she learned the names of many who had only waved to her from afar.
Check out some of the amazing art from the first neighborhood art gallery:
A customized gift for Everly
Crystal casually poured chalk over the next couple of years. Her neighborhood had their second and third annual art gallery and she made chalk packs for several events. Each time she poured, she tested variations of the recipe, working to make the colors more vibrant, She also learned more about which molds work best and how she could increase batch sizes and get the same result. There was so much to learn! This was truly a hobby where Crystal found joy and with each successfully popped piece of chalk, she thought of others to share them with.
It was Christmas 2021 and Crystal was asked by a family friend for a special box of customized chalk. "Of course!" Crystal thought as the perfect princess tiara came to mind. Little did Crystal know how pivotal that special gift for Everly would become.
Thank you to the many who have helped The Chalk Bloc do what it was made to do!
Crystal had a few extra tiaras on her desk to share with friends at work when a volunteer who was working on a large project with her, asked about the pieces of chalk. After Crystal shared about pouring chalk with far too much detail and excitement, the volunteer was intrigued and headed home to do some research. He came back encouraging her to sell her chalk.
"I can't explain why, but selling my chalk just made sense"; Crystal stepped out of her comfort zone with unexplainable courage and started The Chalk Bloc. She knew this was what she was made to do.
AARON . ALISSA . ANDERS . ARVID . ASHLEY . AUGGIE A. . AUGGIE V. . BILL . BRIAN . CARTER . CHARLIE . CHELSEA . CHEVON . Chris . CODIE JANE . DANIEL A. . DANIEL W. . DEB . ELIZABETH . ELLE . ELLIS . ELLIE . EMILY . EMMA . EMMETT . ERIK . ERIN . EVERLY . FLORIAN . GARY . GENEVIEVE . GREGG . HAZEL . HEIDI . ISAAC . ISABELLA . JACOB . JAIMIE . JASON . JENN . JESSIE . JIM . JOANN . JOHN . JOSE . KARYN . KELLY . KEN . KIMBERLY . KYLE . KRISTINE . LILLIAN . LYLE . LYNN R. . LYNN W. . MACKINLEY . MACKENZIE . MARGARET . MICHAEL . MICHAEL . MICHELLE . MITCHELL . MERRELL . MONIQUE . PRINCETON . RENE . SARAH . SAWYER . SHARLENE . SHELLY . SONYA . SOPHIE . STEPHANIE D. . STEPHANIE V. . TERRY . TONY . TREVOR . WILMA