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Crafter’s Plus – an amazing showcase of local talent!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Our community is filled with hidden gems that contribute to making Windsor-Essex a unique region. Crafter’s Plus is just that – a family-owned small business that provides space to members of the community who love creating quality, handmade local products and are looking for an avenue to sell their work. When Crafter’s Plus opened their doors on April 1st, 2014 they had 12 vendors; today, they have an astonishing 178 vendors! Artists rent space and are able to showcase their products year-round, as well as participate in annual events like the upcoming, “Art in the Parking Lot,” on Saturday, May 30th.

I interviewed Joe Lucier Jr., Manager of Crafter’s Plus, and here is what he had to say.

What was the inspiration for opening up Crafter’s Plus?
My dad and I were looking for an outlet for my mom, who is a woodworker, to sell her work. She had been to a few craft shows but they were short term and required a significant investment. We realized there was no other place in Windsor that gave local artists and vendors the opportunity to sell their work year-round and supplement their income, so we came up with Crafter’s Plus.

How can an artist display their products at your store?
We work with 6 month contracts; there are monthly pay outs – the first of every month we collect rent from our vendors, and they get a cheque for the goods that were sold the previous month. We have different spaces; our full size space of 3 feet by 5 feet; a small booth with shelving, is $75 +HST per month,  and we also have 2 and 3 foot shelving units for $25+HST and $35 +HST per month. We take a small commission from the goods sold.

What makes Crafter’s Plus a unique shop?
We provide a great outlet for people; for many, creating handmade products is therapy, and we provide the space to allow them to make it part of their livelihood. For our customers, we are a unique location that offers a variety of products. It takes a lot for local artists to compete in the market; by coming to our store you are supporting your local community, you know where your purchases are coming from and you are able to find the quality department stores often lack.

What advice would you give someone starting their own small business?
Take a leap of faith. The worst that could happen is that you fail, but this will lead you to start something new. As one door closes, another one opens. It is important to look out for one another and support your own city and country.

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