Port Henry A craft cooperative, of sorts, set to host a grand opening in downtown Port Henry June 7.
The collaboration of Jackie Viestenz, Sue McHone and Linda Smyth will showcase local artisan products including pottery, photography, woodworking, literature, knitted products, quilts and an assortment of other locally crafted goods.
The store, a year and a half in the making, came about when Viestenz was approached by community representatives with an idea of a shop or storefront to showcase local talent.
“I was approached by the building owner (at 3259 Broad Street, Port Henry) and talked with local members in other communities about a co-op,” said Viestenz.
This idea evolved into a consignment spot for artisans to display and sell their work in a prime location offering tourist and foot traffic.
“This was good timing for me,” said McHone, a Port Henry native. “I wanted to move back from Boston and here I am able to work on the accounting systems and things of that nature.”
McHone also sighted help from community members as vital in breathing life into the shop.
As part as the revitalization effort in Port Henry, a Honeybee grant was secured by the shop entrepreneurs. Trees and signage have been added to the streets as a means to improve the aesthetics and boost the draw to the area businesses.
Store hours will be noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and by appointment on alternate days. Appointments may be made by contacting the shop at 557-5070. Featuring four artisans to date the cooperative still open to more consigners.
“We are in the heart of the village,” said Smyth. “We are hoping to be involved in the chain of art related displays in the area with places in Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Moriah and Essex. People can make a trip or a weekend out of the local art stopping in each place.”