Many other artists will also be on site to meet the public, answer questions and showcase their work. “We are so excited to be able to provide a venue for so many high-caliber professionals from the arts and crafts world,” said Michelle Conely, owner. “Our new space is three times as big as our eclectic downtown shop, which allows us to feature a much wider variety of local goods and amazing local artists.”
Storm damage had forced the shut down of the downtown location permanently. “As the saying goes, when one door closes, another one opens,” said Conely. “Our new space has allowed for a permanent working classroom, filled with art classes.”
The mission of Going Local NC is to provide the public with access to the most unusual and unexpected assortment of locally made goods. In addition to hand-crafted jewelry, curios and clothing, paintings, pottery and woodwork, the new location will host a General Store filled with locally made food products, and an assortment of locally made natural skin care products.
“Shopping locally is a movement for a reason. Aside from creating jobs and funneling money into the local economy, shopping locally reduces the environmental costs of transporting goods and, of course, provides a way to get the coolest stuff in town,” smiled Conely, who realized her interest in the art world when she started designing jewelry.
A successful painter in her own right, Conely was recently nominated for Wilmington’s Small Businessperson of the Year on Alignable. She started Going Local NC after her experiences participating in local art shows made her realize that there was a need for a forum for local artists to showcase their work and connect with the public.
For more information, visit the website at GoingLocalNC.com or the Going Local NC Facebook page.