Just think of it as a hipster hardware store … venerable industrial design website Core77 has just opened Hand-Eye Supply, a brick and mortar DIY supply emporium — or, to be more precise, "A Vocational Haberdashery and Supply Store for Creative Activities" — in Portland, Oregon (but of course!) that caters to the city’s sizable fixie-riding, hand tool-hoarding, beard-growing, design-obsessing contingent.
Reads the About Us page on the store’s website:
Located in Portland, Oregon, we're excited to be able to take part in the historic - and accelerating - culture of craftsmanship and creative labor which lives here. The store is for both "creative types" and those who love them (and really, now-a-days, who doesn't?) - it is built to appeal with a selection of the basic tools of creative work - pencils, paper, pens - a line-up of high-quality tools and fabrication implements - foam cutters! wrenches! - and a wide variety of task-specific clothing made for the shop or studio - e.g. more aprons than you've seen in one place ever. It is a lifestyle store but for what you do, so it is a Workstyle store.
It's an interesting retail concept — inspired by none other than Buckminster Fuller as explained by Core77 founder Eric Ludlum — and although I'm pretty much DIY incompetent, I can see how folks would dig this ... it's certainly much more cool than hitting up your local Lowe's.