Have you recently done a double take when driving past the “MADE BY ME GIFT SHOP” sign on Tom Miller Road? And thought, wait, what is that? I’ve never seen that before. Well next time you do drive by…stop in, look around and be amazed at what the Advocacy and Resource Center has put together; a wonderful community arts partnership gift shop!
Through the ultimate Plattsburgh grapevine, we heard about the shop and stopped in to talk with Theresa Garrow, ARC Executive Director, and Jared Whiteman, a culinary employee at Westside Ballroom and an art enthusiast/customer service associate, at MADE BY ME GIFT SHOP.
Gracious, welcoming and excited, Theresa and Jared showed us around the former home turned into a lovely shop. The shop was originally purchased with the intention of turning it into a residential living facility to serve their developmentally disabled consumers, and finding that the budget wouldn’t allow for this plan…they got to brainstorming. With so many artists on staff, and so many talented clients, the idea of a local artist shop began to build and take shape.
Shopping at MADE BY ME has an art gallery feel with excellent commentary by staff about who made the art, what inspires that artist, and what materials they use.
Gifts and art range from African carvings, inspired by an artist who spent a few years doing mission work in Africa, to large weathered glass votive candle holders created from Lake Champlain beach glass. Jewelry, framed photos, oil paintings, wrought iron wine racks, stained glass lamps, knitted hats and one of a kind gifts are all displayed under serene lighting and on locally purchased furnishings.
ARC clients have amazing talent; baskets, quilts and natural bark window boxes are finely crafted and fly out the door. To add to the community partnership; Loose Threads donates much of the fabric for quilts and table runners.