New Hampshire Maker Gingerbread Amy Is Moving To Jamestown
New Hampshire artisan, Gingerbread Amy, is moving to Jamestown.
Gingerbread Amy, also known as Amy Knapp, has run the Gingerbread Amy business in New Hampshire for more than 20 years teaching people how to make gingerbread houses. Knapp is also available for events and parties, and has published a book on the topic.
Knapp said her business actually began when she was very young.
“The business sort of grew organically,” Knapp said. “I made my first gingerbread cottage when I was young, with my mom. Then I did some with my own daughters, enough that one day my husband came home from work to find the house covered with cottages. I started helping friends and family make them and one thing led to another.”
While Knapp does have a workshop in New Hampshire, Gingerbread Amy is a business that operates mostly on the road.
“I get invited to parties, conventions and events and I demonstrate the happy, joyful, peaceful way to make a gingerbread cottage from scratch,” Knapp said.
The decision to move the business to Jamestown was partially because of the National Comedy Center.
“I’m also on staff with Laughing Buddha Comedy in New York, so the Comedy Center was a big draw,” Knapp said. “I’m still hoping they will take my wooden spoon microphone as an exhibit. The rest of it, I just felt like the Lord parted the waters and said walk on dry ground, even though I told him I was scared.”
While gingerbread houses are most popular around the holidays, Knapp takes many of her requests and terms from people for parties and events this time of year. Knapp gets everything finalized by Nov. 1.
While there is no set business location that Gingerbread Amy operates from because of being on the road and on tour so much, Knapp said she hopes to build a workshop in Jamestown soon for people to come visit.
Knapp has also been named Maker of the Month for July by Surebonder, a manufacturer of high-quality adhesives, fasteners, glue guns and related accessories. Surebonder features a different maker on their website each month.
She uses hot glue on her gingerbread houses, even though the typical adhesive is frosting, because she said gingerbread houses are not actually for eating.
“Gingerbread houses are not actually supposed to be for eating,” Knapp said. “They are decorations and sit out and make the room smell good, like air fresheners.”
More than anything, Knapp said she does what she does because people have a tendency to give up when it comes to making gingerbread houses.
“I think most people try it one time and have a disaster and then never try it again,” she said. “I love to be able to come to events and show people new techniques that they can try and continue to try year after year.”