December 31, 2012

New gift shop to support ARC


Local crafters on display include William Betts and his Tears of Lake Champlain glass work, including vases he put together from bits and pieces of glass he collected along the lake’s shoreline, Mike McGrath’s iron work products, Jim Hubbell’s Adirondack furniture and Carla Strauss’s fully-jointed teddy bears.

There are also many quilts, jewelry and woodwork created by ARC staff and clients.

ARC receives 30 percent of the profits from items sold, and those funds go directly into ARC programs.

“As funding becomes more difficult to find, it’s important for agencies like ours to try to get into other types of money-making projects,” Garrow said. “I doubt we’ll make a million dollars, but it’s a nice idea to support local artists while supporting our local programs.”

The one-story ranch house was actually built by the former homeowners but has been given a new life as a unique gift shop. ARC renovated the home by giving it a more open feel as shoppers wander from room to room.

The freshly refurbished hardwood floors make visitors stop and wonder whether they should remove their shoes before entering, but there is no need as employees like Tarissa Healey and Brooke Maynard welcome them inside with a warm greeting.

The shop is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (4 p.m. on Sundays) but will close on Mondays following the holidays.

Made By Me may have that perfect last-second gift or the perfect selection for post-holiday shopping, but it offers the visitor a warm, friendly atmosphere with lots of attractive and locally created items.

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