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Craft Show Boutique Plans Grand Opening With Adopt-A-Bear Clothing Drive

Craft shows can be a fun way to purchase homemade items without actually having to make them. The problem is shows are rarely consistent in vendor merchandise quality so you never know if your outing will be a great shopping opportunity or a total flop. Solving this dilemma was the inspiration for a local business that recently opened in Chester called Craft Show Boutique, 8B Chester Plaza, Chester.

The store will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, October 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a benefit clothing drive for Adopt-A-Bear. The celebration will include a ribbon-cutting at 10:30 a.m., free refreshments, door prizes and a free grand prize raffle basket valued at more than $250. All attending are encouraged to bring new winter hats, gloves and scarves for Adopt-A-Bear or drop off their clothing donations until the grand opening on October 6.

“The concept for this unique craft boutique has been a long time in the making,” says shop owner and craft artist Lisa Shiflett of Stevensville. “I wanted to take the excitement and diversity of products from a premier craft show, put it in a more intimate setting and make it more upscale. The variety of items and the pricing ranges create great shopping opportunities for the person looking for a quick gift as well as someone who wants to treat herself to something nice,” she adds.

Opened in July 2012, Craft Show Boutique, 8B Chester Plaza (behind McDonald’s), is a retail store selling an eclectic collection of upscale handmade items created by more than 30 local artists and crafters. Merchandise includes paintings, photographs, jewelry, soaps, etched glasses, clothing, and seasonal décor and gifts, ranging from whimsical to primitive. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The shop is closed on Monday.

Shop owner Lisa Shiflett of Stevensville works in a variety of mediums including oils and acrylic paint, and jewelry. For more information on the grand opening or the Adopt-A-Bear drive, call (410) 739-7335. For event and store updates like Craft Shore Boutique at facebook.com/CraftShowBoutique.

In photo: Craft Show Boutique shop owner Lisa Shiflett prepares for the grand opening celebration of Craft Show Boutique, 8B Chester Plaza, Chester. The event will be held Saturday, October 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a benefit clothing drive for Adopt-A-Bear. Festivities include a ribbon-cutting, light refreshments and free raffle drawings. For more information, call (410) 739-7335. For event and store updates like Craft Shore Boutique at facebook.com/CraftShowBoutique.


A Space All Their Own- Craft Show Boutique Gives Local Artists A Venue To Market Their Work

By Avra Sullivan

When artist Lisa Shiflett wanted a place to sell and showcase her work, she couldn’t find a venue. So she opened her own. Craft Show Boutique, which opened July 1st, is a gathering of artists, galleries, crafters and vendors, who rent a booth in to display and sell their work. Booths range in price from $25 per month up to $125 per month depending on the size. Lisa, a lifelong artist and crafter who also has experience in retail and display, will work with the crafter to section out and design the area to best enhance what they have to offer. The store itself is an open area, but vendors are sectioned off, creating mini-stores and one-stop shopping. “We have about 20 vendors now,” says Lisa, including artists, jewelry makers, organic and homemade products and much more. “I’m so thrilled at the quality of the artists’ work. Everything is very upscale and amazing.”

Craft Show Boutique also provides a unique form of mass marketing. Vendors mention her store on their websites, Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as on business cards and flyers. When a customer visits the store for one particular vendor, they are exposed to many others. For the artist, this is a great time-thrifty way to sell their items. Most of the vendors have full-time jobs as well as families and other commitments. Lisa, who also sells her own art at the store, takes on much of the work of selling the items, simply by being open. Vendors check in and can change and upgrade as they see fit, but Lisa is there to handle the everyday sales. It is also very inexpensive for the vendor. Craft Show Boutique does not take any commission off of the sales of the items.

Crafters interested in renting space can contact Lisa at 410-793-7335. You can visit Craft Show Boutique at 8B Chester Plaza in Chester, Maryland. They are open Tues. 11-7, Wed-Fri 9-5 Sat. 9-3 and Sun. 9-2