ShopCraft: Socially Conscious Shopping for the Holidays
There’s something awesome going on in the back room at Thin Ice on Elmwood Ave. It’s called ShopCraft, a pop up market collaboration between four local, like-minded artisans who offer a diverse range of products including handmade goats-milk soap, reused paper products, greeting cards and stationary, and hand-knit goods. The artisans, Alpine Made, Paperette, C Designs, and Lady Fingers Handmade, came together this holiday season to make sure their handcrafted, eco-friendly, and frankly awesome products were available to purchase as much as possible. Whether you’re looking for hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, holiday cards, or meaningful gifts, you’ll love taking a peek through this pop shop in the Elmwood Village.
Find the artisan collective in the back room at Thin Ice (719 Elmwood Ave) until December 24, 2015 at various times. Hours are extended on the weekends. Check out ShopCraft’s hours here and follow them on Instagram. Fair warning: you’ll probably want to buy everything you see.
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ShopCraft Pop Up Market is bringing handmade, eco-conscious, and hyperlocal goods to Elmwood Avenue this December. Located inside Thin Ice at 719 Elmwood Ave until December 23, 2015, ShopCraft is a collective of four like-minded, local artisans who offer a diverse range of products. Consumers are showing an increasing interest in locally owned businesses, eco-friendly, handmade and USA made products. However, it can be time consuming to seek out products that fit these specific values. The collective came together to meet all those needs in one shop. Jennifer Morris, the proprietor of Paperette, said “We all prefer to purchase products that are ecoconscious, but reading labels and researching products every time you shop can become cumbersome. We wanted to offer a place for consumers that takes the work out of shopping with an environmentally friendly mindset.” The goods sold at ShopCraft are all handmade by women artisans. “We believe in supporting women owned businesses,” said Kerry Bieter, owner and artisan of Alpine Made. “It fosters equality, and emphasizes women being seen as entrepreneurs and not solely as consumers,” Megan of Lady Fingers Handmade adds.
ShopCraft’s location for the season fits perfectly with their mission. “Working with Therese from Thin Ice has been great. One of the best things about the small business community in Buffalo is how willing everyone is to help each other succeed. It is what makes our community unique,” noted Christa Penner, of C Designs. In the spirit of community, ShopCraft and Thin Ice are co-hosting a raffle benefiting 5 Loaves farm. Tickets can be purchased from ShopCraft or Thin Ice for $1, or 5 for $6 for the chance to win $125 in gift certificates.
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