Wesli Phillips and John Ishee created Shakedown Goods in 2008. “Our hippie, music-centric company … would travel around the country … funding our adventures by selling our creations in the parking lots of shows. Our name came from the Grateful Dead song ‘Shakedown Street.’ That’s the area at Dead shows where you could find all the good stuff at!”
The couple moved to Colorado from Alabama seven years ago. They continued to travel to concerts and added music festivals to their itinerary. The festivals, from New York to Telluride, pulled as many as 100,000 attendees.
They declare they have always been inspired by music. “A lot of the items we sell are handmade by us, designed in house by us, or carefully selected from fellow artists and fair trade companies. Our most popular items include our jam band pet gear, collars, leashes, and charms – all featuring designs based on bands like Widespread Panic and local favorites The String Cheese Incident.”
John also makes by hand shelves shaped like mountains, moons, and molecules among others. They also create gemstone jewelry, music-focused kidswear (including adorable tie-dye onesies), in-house designed tapestries, hats, and socks.
John and Wesli recently purchased their first home here in Central City, and began to limit their traveling. They also added a new member to their family, a baby boy, now seven months old. Consequently, most of their business is now done online at their excellent website at shakedowngoods.com. Check it out to see the unique items they offer.
They brought their special brand of music-oriented goods to this year’s County fair, and you can now find them here in Central City at the Levit Street Market. They also expect to be exhibiting at next month’s Tommyknocker Holiday Bazaar at the Teller House.
Shakedown Goods’ email address is firstname.lastname@example.org; they also have a Facebook page, @ ShakedownGoodsCo.