Doors Open

Craft Cottage Of Chautauqua Comes Home

Craft Cottage of Chautauqua held its official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at its new location in Falconer. The local business operates as a hub for other local businesses to sell their products. P-J photos by Jordan W. Patterson

FALCONER — Craft Cottage of Chautauqua, owned by Stephanie Green, has moved to Falconer at its new location. For many of the vendors who work with Green, the move is a homecoming.

Green held an official ribbon cutting ceremony at business’ new location. For Green, the locale is much closer to home too.

Green was born in Jamestown and went to school in Cassadaga. More recently her business called Ashville home, but now the business is located at 1975 East Main St., Falconer. Falconer is also the home to other vendors that sell items through Craft Cottage of Chautauqua. Those businesses were displaced after one of the major fires in Falconer left them without a home. For them, the move also serves as a homecoming.

One of those businesses was Deco Mesh Design owned by Bob Micciche. Micciche and other vendors were welcomed in by Green at the Ashville location. Micciche brought many additional vendors from his location to Craft Cottage of Chautauqua, Green said.

“I wanted to make a place that showcases the arts and crafts and talents that we have here in Chautauqua County,” she said.

The store offers just about anything from handmade baby clothing, hand-crafted wood designs, holiday items, spices, sauces, maple syrup and jewelry — all made locally. The store also offers lessons in crafting various products.

One of those vendors put on a show during the ceremony. Jesse Johnson and Jamie Gatton presented how Johnson makes designs on pieces of wood and furniture. Using two nails, jumper cables and an electric source of energy, Johnson shoots 1,000 volts of electricity through a piece of wood – this time he was using a table that will be given away during an upcoming Black Friday sale. The electricity shoots through the piece of wood appearing to slightly catch fire. The end result is a unique design that can’t be replicated through the same process.

At the ceremony were representatives from the Ellicott Town Board, the Falconer Village Board, Congressman Tom Reed’s office and Assemblyman Andy Goodell. Various businesses who work with Green or who would potentially be working with her in the future were in attendance as well.

Goodell praised Craft Cottage of Chautauqua’s efforts to promote the county.

“We have some incredible craftsmen in our county that create all kinds of really interesting, one-of-a-kind, unique products,” Goodell said. “So it’s a great place to get Christmas gifts. Anyone can get a gift on Amazon or in Walmart, but you can get someone a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift here that’s really special.”

“It’s a next level reinvestment in Falconer,” he continued.

As for the move, Green said business wasn’t great at the previous location in Ashville. She cited the 55 mph zone the store was located in as another reason the community might not have noticed it.

“Not like here (in Falconer), where you can kind of trip over it and find it,” Green said.

Green was optimistic that she and the many vendors would find much more success at the new location.

For more information, call 763-8726 or visit Craft Cottage Chautauqua on its social media accounts.

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