Housed in a spacious 4,000 square foot store-front at the popular RIO Washingtonian shopping center in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Locally Crafted is a community space where artists can showcase their unique products. Customers will experience seeing the items in person, rather than through an online store, giving them the opportunity to feel and see the quality in person. Locally Crafted appeals to customers who value unique items and prefer supporting makers from their own community over national corporate big chain stores.
As a female owned small business we are invested in helping to support other small businesses. By carrying only locally made products, we are creating a bridge between local makers and interested customers, enhancing the unique character of our community and helping the local economy by supporting small businesses in the neighborhood.
At Locally Crafted we have created a space for small business owners (Makers) in the community to showcase their artisan goods, while also allowing the community to support local business owners.
Stacey Hammer and Heather Luxenberg first met when Heather was running a pop up shop for her children's pre-school and Stacey was a Maker selling children's bows and accessories. As the two were talking, they realized they lived around the corner from each other and both had children of similar ages. What brought them together initially was their love of being a part of the Maker community. Now, they hope to create unique opportunities for other Makers and members of the Local Community.
Stacey is a long-time maker who has never met a craft she didn’t like. Her first side business was selling handmade hair accessories on Etsy and at craft fairs. During the pandemic, she discovered the wonders and versatility of polymer clay and was instantly hooked. She now primarily creates unique clay earring designs (Insta@samoldesigns) which she recently displayed and sold at a large pop-up Makers shop in Baltimore.
Heather is an accomplished DIY maker. She works primarily in paper crafts, loves making original greeting cards, and is an avid scrapbooker for her family. She has run a successful cake decorating business. She also enjoys making wood signs, glass art, and personalized gifts for friends and family. For years, friends and family have told Heather that she should start her own business and now is finally the right time.
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Locally Crafted will be hosting a number of markets this spring and we're currently taking applications. If you're interested in applying, click the button below or in the banner at the top of the website.