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December 6, 2012

Shop offers locally homemade goods

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The space has been rented for November and December, but according to Katz, they have an option of keeping the lease going. 

“We are hopeful that we will be able to do that because people have been really, really enthusiastic about the shop,” she said.

“The idea is not just to shop locally, but to shop locally for products that are handmade locally, which is not as easy to do as you may think” Katz added. 

Everything in the shop is made by the three woman and most is sourced locally, according to Katz. Items range in price from $5 lip balm to large paintings that cost more than $1,000.

“Most of what we have is in the $20 to $75 range,” Katz said. “People can come here to this little shop and spend what they would at the mall and get something that is meaningful, handmade and local.”

Some of the more-popular items selling, according to the artists, include hair clips made of vintage glass, neck warmers made of organic cotton, honey, skin creams and boot bracelets.

The women have been selling their goods at various events such as festivals, holiday bazaars and craft shows. 

Dohner knits everything she sells and said she can be seen making things every minute of the day except when sleeping. She said she does not work a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job, so that has provided her the time to fit running a new business into her schedule. Her hand-knitted items are sold in a shop in Cazenovia and on a freelance basis, and she said she uses a lot of organic and recycled fiber. 

Helgeson lives on a farm in Fly Creek and makes her living painting — mostly of things inspired by her farm.

“My day-job is painting and I have gallery representation,” she said. “I started with small-format paintings just as practice. Then I started selling those and that kind of grew into me wanting to build up our farm. Now we have goats and sheep. I started making things out of the goat’s milk and things like that.”

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