"Our approach with Brick and Mortar creates a creative environment for customers to meet first-hand the makers. The variety of arts and crafts we offer attract an audience and gathering of shoppers, offering a continually growing number of potentially new customers."
On the upper level there is a mix of 5 full-size capsule stores that provide studio space to work and sell. On the ground level there are 4 smaller pop-ups to serve a variety of different businesses.
"I make the products myself," Nadine said, " because I want to be sure what ingredients are in the products. It brings me so much joy when somebody says it has made such a difference to their lives."
"My best seller is my Face Balm. People come back and thank me, telling me how it has helped clear their persistent acne."
"This has been a positive learning experience for me being here as I am learning more about marketing, retail, how to communicate with customers and Elizabeth and Brigid offer further support and learning with the workshops."
"I love happy people. I find their happiness is quite infectious. And hearing about how people love my work also makes me feel happy."
"Brick and Mortar has been very good for promoting other aspects of my business. Just having the opportunity to meet my customers in person is the most exciting thing for a person like me who has been so studio based, nomadic or just doing business on-line. I love talking with people so much, and it is really exhilarating meeting visitors and fellow artists."
"It is so friendly here. We are all supporting each other's business. I had some fear it might be competitive, but it has been the most supportive and creative environment I have experienced."
"It's like we are all in the same boat on a big adventure. We all know what it's like, and there is this camaraderie that has emerged, which is so empowering, we are happy to mind each other's shops. We're like a family."