Artisans Collective Comes to West Side
In a world where so many things are cookie-cutter and mass produced, handcrafted items stand out.
Artisans Collective is a place to find the unique. Wander through the Delhi store and find soft-glow fairy jar nightlights, or wall plaques proclaiming this a “No Aggravation Location.” Beautiful hand-carved wooden birds sit on shelves or stalk in corners.
Owner Sue Freudiger says her new gift boutique in Delhi Township focuses on handmade gift items crafted by local artisans with a variety of pottery, jewelry, sculptures, home decor, bath products and other decorative items.
“About 90 percent is handcrafted,” she said. “Some of it is repurposed. All of it is unique.”
The store also has a selection of West Side high school graduation gifts, as well as items with local university themes. The shop also specializes in personalized items. “My graphic artist can customize anything. Her motto is the answer’s always yes,” Freudiger said.
The Covedale resident, who makes stained glass and repurposes items, said she couldn’t find a good place to sell the art she made. So she opened one.
“There aren’t a lot of places for people to sell what they make on the West Side,” she said.
Freudiger says she’s happy to be a part of the revitalization of the Delhi Pike business district.
“The shop was designed to provide a relaxing shopping experience for our customers and a great venue for talented people to display and sell their amazing work,” she said.
Freudiger says customers can expect to find something new every time they visit her shop. “As the artisans sell their work, they will replace it with something new and equally beautiful,” she said. “And there is always that one person who’s difficult to shop for – you can find something for them here.”
Delhi Township Community Development Director Greg DeLong says he loves seeing independent business owners come to the township.
“She has a lot of things that are different; cute onesies for showers, and jewelry; I think those are the kind of things people want to pick up and look at when they are shopping,” he said. “A business like this is unique and I think it will draw customers to our community.”
Freudiger is going to do everything she can to make that happen. She says future plans at the shop include opening a back room that would be available for parties or showers and she hopes artisans who sell their work in her shop will come and do demonstrations so customers can see how they work.
The shop will have a grand opening and ribbon cutting with Delhi Township officials at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31.
Article Courtesy of Cincinnnati.com