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Meet Katie Howard and Simone Weinstein of Little Dame in Normal Heights

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Howard and Simone Weinstein.

Simone and Katie, founders of Little Dame, met while working at a coffee shop in 2015 not knowing what their friendship would bring. Both art enthusiasts received their BFA and wanted to fulfill their passion in the arts, shortly after meeting they decided to open an art space that would set out to represent freelance artists, expose San Diego to new upcoming visual artists, and offer a space for education.

Their small retail space in Normal Heights offers oddities like taxidermy crafted by female artists, visual art, gifts, and books. As a cooperative space, Little Dame hosts art exhibitions and artist-led workshops, as well as curate events that aim to benefit both the art community and non-profit organizations. Little Dame was invited to be the first taxidermy installation ever included in a Museum of Photographic Arts. The founders have been running their space for two years and just renewed their lease.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Maintaining that love and passion for your business and vision is important, although not always easy when upholding other part time jobs to stay afloat. Some challenges have been growing as individuals with the business, as well as trying to lead a balanced life.

Our road has been a really smooth road, our community is so supportive and we love everyone we work with. It helps so much to work with a loving and supporting community. We also appreciate that fact that we are business partners, rather than running a business individually.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Little Dame – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Little Dame curates a boutique filled with freelance artists local and international, we are known for having Taxidermy created by female artists. We have been known to be an alternative space that welcomes many topics, sometimes controversial: sex, politics, death, creativity in any form, we are known as that small unique shop being that we are a 250 sq. foot space.

We are known for hosting art shows as well as workshops taught by artists, usually taxidermy workshops. We are proud to represent majority of female artists, we are proud to have the opportunity to be here in San Diego, working toward a dream that we believe in.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We plan on being in our original space for the next two years, we are happy to renew our lease and continue doing what we are doing! We plan on creating a music section in the new year, representing local and non-local bands around the country in our space.

We love music and we are excited to curate a music corner. We plan to host more workshops and expand on workshop topics that everyone can enjoy. We will also be continuing to design and create our own merchandise and artwork.


  • Guinea Pig Taxidermy Class January 21st $250.00 Taught by Los Angeles artist Emily Binard
  • Pins, patches, stickers, small gifts range from $5-$14
  • Art prints range from $10-$40
  • Art Decal T-Shirts $25-$30
  • A wide range of cute stationary $5.00

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Image Credit:
Nico Ricoy
Jessica McIntyre

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