A little bit about us:
People often ask how we got our name. Before we were a retail store, Seawall ARTifacts was the name for a line of handcrafted coastal artwork. The seashell shadowbox art that you see on our site is actually handmade by Steve Fritz, the owner of Seawall. When Steve used to exhibit the artwork at trade shows, the line was always listed in the ‘Wall Art’ category. Since the art is all about the sea, the name Seawall ARTifacts seemed like a good fit.
While exhibiting the artwork, and selling to many stores and galleries around the country, Steve met a lot of incredibly talented people. Steve’s thinking started to gradually switch focus. He wanted to bring all of these interesting coastal products together in one place, focusing on handmade wares. The idea of a retail store seemed like the next natural step. In the spring of 2010, Seawall ARTifacts opened on Long Beach Island, NJ.
Seawall ARTifacts has evolved over the years like any business will. Of course we are still focusing on handmade products, but recycled and up-cycled products have become important to us and our customers. It’s pretty incredible what a creative mind can make out of a piece of old chair rail, a wine bottle, or tin roofing. The possibilities are endless (and quite beautiful).
We try to bring in as many local, Long Beach Island products as we can. Maps of the island have become a specialty, from new artist renditions to old atlases and even vintage travel guides. Whatever we can find! We've also designed some jewelry pieces, one that features the map of the island, which are exclusive to us. You will also find handcrafted pottery, glassware, wall art (of course), decorative accessories and many unique gift ideas.
We could go on and on about the shop. It’s pretty wonderful to be able to work just two blocks away from the beach and two blocks from the bay (except for when Hurricane Sandy came to town. that’s a story for another day). It’s great to be able to travel and source product for the shop and meet so many creative people along the way. We feel very proud of what we can offer you, and we are so very appreciative for the outpouring of support for small, local business. Please stop by and see us when you come to town.
Until then, we wish you fair winds and following seas.
(It seemed appropriate to end with something nautical)
Steve & the Seawall Crew