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Main Street Makery Makes Smiles as Their Customers Make Crafts

By Pamela Sosnowski

Sarah Grandy and Wendy Brooks had a dream: to launch a unique shop in downtown Durham that would share their love of making crafts with customers of all ages. In May 2014, their vision came true when they opened their shop, Main Street Makery. The store sells a variety of crafts and conducts regular craft classes and workshops, but also supports over 50 New Hampshire artisans by featuring their handcrafted goods. In just three years the business has attracted a loyal customer base and has been described as a gem in the downtown area.

"Main Street Makery is an eclectic gift and craft boutique," Grandy said. "About half of our store is made up of locally made items from New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. The rest is a creative, fun collection of wholesale items that we find. We sell a curated collection of home goods, jewelry, stationary, bath and body creations, accessories and gifts. We also sell our own craft kits, made in-store by the owners. Our craft kits include a felted soap kit, a ribbon wand kit, a wooden peg doll kit, and more."

A suitable gift for anyone of any age can be found at the Makery. Colorful necklaces, earrings, and bracelets featuring natural materials and made by local jewelry makers are stocked in the store. Brooks' signature wine glasses, that she makes using recycled wine bottles, are sold there. A local high school student sells their driftwood art in the store. There are candles, cooking accessories, magnets, stickers, and even skateboards made from recycled snowboards available in the shop.

It's a friendly community space that enjoys a strong relationship with its customers. One of the ways it does this is by offering a weekly DIY craft class for only $5 with all of the supplies provided. Most of the featured crafts are specifically for children, but the store also hosts regular workshops in knitting, painting, jewelry making, needle felting, and more.

"An exciting part of our store are the crafts and classes we offer daily," Grandy said. "In our back room, you can come in any time we are open to make our weekly craft. There is no need for a reservation and the weekly craft is always just $5. We have all the supplies you need to come in, relax, enjoy a cup of tea and create something fun. The craft changes weekly and is a DIY craft, though we are there to help you if you need."

Main Street Makery is open Tuesday- Friday, 10-6 and Saturday, 10-4, and Grandy and Brooks invite anyone to come in at any time to peruse the ever-changing collection of handmade items and maybe learn a new craft or two. Their favorite part of their jobs is getting to know their customers.

"We love working with the community," Grandy said. "And having our store be a force to bring our community together."

For more visit Main Street Makery online at mainstreetmakery.com.

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