Rebirth of space lends artists a place to sell their creations


GRAFTON—It was a very exciting Saturday in Grafton as Tom and Donna Hart reopened Arts and Treasures as a local Makers Market. 

Formerly a store full of beautiful primitive home decorations and handmade furniture, the store has changed its inventory to more encompass local artisans.  While there are some primitives left, and being sold at a deep discount, the location will soon be full of local crafts and art.

“We want this opportunity for local artisans to succeed. In doing so, the venture will not only help the artisans establish themselves, but bring more foot traffic to downtown, thus further invigorating the entire Main Street community,” said Tom Hart.

He reported that he will also continue his woodworking, as he has in the past.

Breanna Collins has her lovely, relaxing yoga studio, Appalachian Flow WV, in the back of the space.  For classes, message Appalachian Flow WV on Facebook or call 304-203-8980.

The rooms in the store have been rapidly filling up with word of the market’s opening.  In time for the holidays, there are one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts available for purchase.

Local author, Ann “Cookie” Weaver has her wonderful whimsical children’s books “A Blue Sky A Butterfly A Sneaky Spider And…The Bug!” and “A Wiggly Spider A Slug A Salamander And…The Bug!” for sale in the new space, as well as adorable bug banks that match the books. 

Artisan Kristina Oldaker, owner of Arachnia Knits & Spins has a fabulous room set up with a bevy of beautiful items.  Handmade soaps, lotions, candles, hats, sweaters, socks and a baby line doesn’t even cover all of the things she has available for purchase.

In the Dark In the Light is another store that has been set up by Chelsi Scott and Kevin Stegner.  These talented artists have paintings that are a must see, some that are enhanced by black light.  They also have some wonderful handmade jewelry and tie-dyes. 

With a new artist quickly coming in, the store is really filling up, but they do have room for more artisans.

“It’s wonderful to see this place filling up with local talent.  We always envisioned this space filled with people and their art and now it is,” said owner Donna Hart.    

To become a vendor, stop down and see Tom and Donna at Espresso Yourself or message Espresso Yourself on Facebook. 

The Makers Market will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00-5:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Please stop down and support these local artisans and their new venture. 

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