Native artisans featured at new boutique outdoors of Ann Arbor

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — Seeking to store native? A brand new boutique in Scio Township is planning to be a one-stop store only for that.

Misty Handmade Boutique & Crystals opened its doorways on Saturday, Jan. 7, and is bringing over 45 native distributors below one roof. The boutique options quite a lot of merchandise like jewellery, candles, physique care objects, clothes, house décor and extra.

The store at 299 N Zeeb Rd. is carrying merchandise made by native artists from Ypsilanti, Dexter, Saline, Milan and from different areas as nicely.

“If somebody makes a visit out (to the boutique) they know they’re going for high quality, well-made objects that folks would need,” Janet Candy, one of many distributors, stated. “It’s not a resale sort factor … it’s going to be top-notch handmade objects.”

Misty Handmade Boutique & Crystals at 299 N. Zeeb Rd.

Candy and Jennifer Thurman run Krafty Kreationz by J & J, which is without doubt one of the distributors within the boutique proper now. The pair primarily make 3D paper artwork and shadow packing containers, but in addition have made different merchandise like espresso mugs and welcome indicators.

The Ypsilanti-based Krafty Kreationz acquired its begin final 12 months, and determined it needed a spot in Misty Handmade Boutique & Crystals. Candy stated the pair have already acquired gross sales from the shop, and that folks have been reaching out to the crafters about their merchandise.

“It’s already producing much more curiosity and getting our identify out to folks that may not go to craft exhibits or folks that may simply be stopping as a result of they ate dinner subsequent door,” Candy stated. “The potential of the place it might go is actually thrilling.”

The crafting duo each have full-time jobs outdoors of Krafty Kreationz, so having a spot the place their merchandise can be found on a regular basis is essential for the enterprise, Candy stated.

Chris Blackford additionally carries merchandise that he makes with tYpsi Woodworking within the boutique. The Ypsilanti-based firm creates quite a lot of equipment for house bars together with wall artwork, tools that is likely to be used to make craft cocktails, chopping boards and extra.

Blackford began tYpsi initially of 2020 and stated it may be difficult for small companies to get new clients. Regardless of his firm’s on-line presence and web site, he was searching for a distinct option to get his identify on the market.

“I believe for lots of us (distributors), outdoors of artisan craft exhibits, we don’t get a lot publicity,” he stated. “It’s type of exhausting to unfold the phrase so what (the boutique) is offering us, apart from a chance to promote to folks 12 months spherical, … (is) publicity.”

Presently there may be room for extra distributors to affix the boutique. Any artisans which might be hoping to function their work within the store should apply for a spot, and might accomplish that by both visiting the store or reaching out on-line.

So far as the operations of the boutique, set hours are nonetheless being decided — nonetheless, anybody can hold updated via the store’s Fb web page.

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