Learn about the local tie-dye aficionados bringing their unique, handmade products and family-friendly lessons to Cincinnati.
Cincy Chic: What is Funky Sunshine?
Stephanie Zier, Co-Founder of Funky Sunshine: Funky Sunshine is your local one-stop tie dye shop that is anything but ordinary and nothing but extraordinary!
Cincy Chic: What inspired Funky Sunshine?
Zier: We draw inspiration from many things: Our surroundings, friends, and music. We have a happy abstract sense of style. Many of our crafts are centered around recycling an item we have a surplus of. As far as tie dye goes, we enjoy creating animals, nature scenes, and colorful takes on realistic items.
Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the shop?
Zier: Funky Sunshine is a team of three, myself, my other half Casey Short, and his sister Holly Short.
Cincy Chic: When did you launch Funky Sunshine?
Zier: We opened our online store in 2013, and started vending locally. We received our LTD. in September 2014, and opened our storefront in October 2014.
Cincy Chic: What types of items can customers find in your store?
Zier: Our main focus is making one-of-a-kind, unique, handmade tie dyes, as well as hosting tie dye parties for all ages. We sell everything from baby onesies to full bed sets and tapestries. We craft performance quality hula hoops and offer a free hoop lesson with each purchase. We also carry a variety of other handmade items from talented local artists around Cincinnati.
Cincy Chic: What makes Funky Sunshine unique?
Zier: Simply put, our level of tie dye. We don’t strive to create your everyday tie dye, we strive to make tie dye art! Plus we love custom orders, and the challenge of making someone else’s idea a reality.
Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Funky Sunshine?
Zier: We will be celebrating our 3rd birthday with an annual “artwalk” October 22, an evening featuring some of our in-house consignors and additional vendors, as well as live DJs from Basspushers Productions, a food truck, and even some local fire-spinners!