Craft market goes retail

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But three local ladies have taken advantage of the negative and turned it into a positive. An opportunity for retail space presented itself, and within a matter of three weeks, the entrepreneurs decided to embark on a new journey together and go into business. Fox Creek Creative is not a get rich quick business for the trio, but it enables them and others with creative minds to make extra money.

Fox Creek Creative, which opened its doors November 23, is owned, and operated by Kelly Waye, Maegan Caron, and Stephanie Clair. The new store is similar to the annual Christmas Chaos event and the Sunday Afternoon Market, but the best part is, it is open year-round. Residents who have a knack for making crafts can now rent shelf or floor space at the store to sell their homemade creations. About 20 locals currently have vendor space at the store and sell handmade soaps and bombs, salts, jewelry, ornaments, crochet and knitted items, wooden signs, and much more.

Before the pandemic, Waye was dreaming of opening a business for many years and started organizing the Sunday Afternoon Markets last winter at the Multiplex. After Christmas 2019, the plan was to restart the market up again for the Spring. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic and the Multiplex's mandatory shutdown, Waye could no longer hold her weekly markets. The vacant store space located between the Fox Creek Registries and the Petroleum Field Lab recently became available. "I was thrilled with the concept as we could now go from our weekly market to having an actual store where we could provide a storefront to the many home-based businesses in town," stated Waye. One of our future goals is to continue expanding to allow for more products on the shelves. "Whether it is a business product or promoting services such as sewing, baking, cooking, or wood-working. We want people to know our community has a lot to offer, which helps our local economy. Another idea is to rent out the side room by the day for anyone wanting to hold craft workshops, photoshoots, or even a paint night is just a few examples of room utilization," added Waye.

One of the great things about living in a small town is everyone knows everyone. So, when the opportunity came knocking as it did for Waye, she knew who to approach to partner up with for the business venture. Co-owner Stephanie Clair also had a home-based business and was in the process of starting an online Etsy business. For her, it did not take long to switch gears from going online to having a walk-in business. "Kelly called asking me to go look at retail space with her. I thought it was an awesome idea and jumped right in". Maegan Caron is the other co-owner making the trio and business complete.

Vicki Winger, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Whitecourt Press