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End of a Era, Start of a New Chapter for “Made in Windsor”

Friday August 20th, 2010, 10:26am

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It’s the end of one chapter and the start of the next for one local business. Made in Windsor, a popular arts and crafts store on Ottawa Street, is closing its doors by the end of Saturday and has already embarked on a new venture.

The store on Ottawa Street at its highest point boasted just under 100 consignors — from photographers, to textile artists, knitters, crocheters, woodworkers, mini-magnet makers, fashion designers and any other art or craft you can think of — with everything made by Windsorites and citizens from Essex County.

Proprietor Christine Rideout-Arkell started the Made in Windsor idea a few years ago by running craft shows under the same name.  Eventually, the idea grew into the Made in Windsor store which has been incredibly successful at showcasing local works and creations.  But now, the idea has morphed once again; this time Made in Windsor has placed its banner on a new open-air crafters market in Downtown Windsor.

The new market already had a very successful first day last Sunday and will continue along this path until winter falls.

Saturday is the last day for the Made in Windsor Store, located at 1465 Ottawa Street.  On Thursday, the store was flooded with customers hoping to pick up local wares and rares.

The Made in Windsor Open-Air Crafters’ Market is looking for YOU (if you create, build or make cool stuff!).  Rideout-Arkell said of last Sunday’s opening day at the market, “It was a strong but small start, and we’re looking for more talent to help it grow.”

The Crafters’ Market features many vendors selling almost every type of art or craft you can think of.  Rideout-Arkell says “Come support your fellow creative types, it’s a great place to hang out, create and have a good time.”

If you’re interested in participating, call the Made in Windsor store by Saturday (519-973-0776), email [email protected].

And if you want to attend, here’s the official flyer:

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