Holidays, Craftland Style! November 27, 2013 13:09

As most of you may know, Craftland started out as a holiday pop up store. Our founder, Margaret Carleton and her friend Johanna Fischer looked around Providence in 2002 and noticed an abundance of creative people making interesting work, but no central place to buy from these artists. Craftland was born in a glittery burst to fill that void. From 2002 - 2008, Craftland would pop up every December, in a different part of Providence and continue the tradition of selling handmade work to a growing group of loyal shoppers eager to avoid the mall and buy handmade. We are so grateful for those loyal shoppers. They are who helped Craftland grow each year, and they are the reason we were able to open as a year round store in August 2009 in our current Westminster Street location. All of us at Craftland want to make sure you shoppers know how thankful we are that you continue to shop at Craftland and have given us the opportunity to grow and keep on providing you with amazing handmade work from independent artists. We also couldn't do this without our incredibly talented artists, and for that we are bursting at our handsewn seams with gratitude. Thank you, thank you!

With our roots as a holiday pop up, we get extra excited this time of year to get our holiday sparkle on and we have some amazing things planned for this year! For starters, we brought in 75 additional artists and the shop has taken over the Craftland Gallery. The shop looks amazing and starting on Friday, the 29th, we kick off holiday shopping by extending our store hours.

Holiday Hours are:
Sunday: 10am - 6pm
Monday: 10am - 6pm
Tuesday: 10am - 6pm
Wednesday: 10am - 6pm
Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Friday: 10am - 8pm
Saturday: 10am - 8pm

Saturday, November 30th is Small Business Saturday and our whole neighborhood has some fun planned. The crew over at InDowncity is offering shoppers a chance to win a Golden Envelope. All you have to do is make one of the first 20 purchases at a participating store and with that purchase you'll receive an envelope with a surprise gift inside. One of those envelopes will be the Golden Envelope and will contain a $200 to that shop! That seems like an excellent reason to me to get out of bed Saturday morning and start your shopping at 10am! For more details and to see which stores are participating, please click here.

And since you'll be shopping on Saturday already, make a stop across the street at Grant's Block to visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their North Pole friends. Every Saturday between now and Christmas, they'll be at Grant's Block from 12pm - 4pm. One elf in particular was never very good at toy making, so has been transferred to the photography team. He'll be there with a Polaroid to take photos of your kids with Santa. Want more details? Click here.

Still have your calendar out? You'll want to add a couple more dates.

Friday, December 6th we're throwing a holiday kick off party! From 5pm - 9pm we'll have snacks provided by Whole Foods, drinks and DJ Rockdapus spinning the tunes. The first 50 purchases will get a goodie bag full of surprises and this will be the party that gets you in the mood to tackle the holidays. RSVP here for that event. (Don't you just love this year's holiday artwork done just for us by the lovely Jen Corace?)

Thursday, December 12th, we'll be taking the time to let our artists know they're the best. From 5pm -8pm we'll be hosting an Artist Appreciation Party. This party is free and open to the public, and a great chance for shoppers to mingle with their favorite artists. For artists only, we'll have special goodie bags with some treats and chair massages by the lovely ladies at West Side Wellness. Our sponsor, Zipcar will be on hand with a fun photo booth for you and some coupons and discounts just for you. PVD Lady Project founders will also be there. It's going to be so much fun! RSVP here to view more details.

Whew. That was a lot. Go fill in all those dates on your calendar, and then power off and go enjoy your Thanksgiving.

See you in the shop!