“As far as quilting, you have to go to Macon to get anything like that. We do want to offer the community the ability to learn how to do some of the things they can come into the shop and purchase that are made by local artists. They can learn to do it themselves without having to go out of town to do it,” Eppich said.
The Whimsy Willow owns four sewing machines, but aspires to grow the inventory to eight soon for the classes’ sake.
Eppich said reaching the college crowd is important. If you can’t craft, the store still has great gifts.
“We want the college students to have something affordable, so they can get something for their dorm or buy a friend a gift,” the owner said.
Local artists are encouraged to present quality hand made items for sale at Whimsy Willow.
Eppich does purchase certain unique home décor items from Atlanta Mart. The locally made and store purchase goods split 50/50. Generally, products are U.S. made as well.
The shop stocks Habersham Candles that are an owner favorite.
Shopper friendly markups maintain an affordable theme.
“I’m trying to keep the cost down. That’s our main object with today’s economy. We are very reasonable,” she said.
The Grand Opening isn’t until June, but Whimsy Willow opens for business Friday just in time for First Friday. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Call 406-320-0289 or visit the Facebook page for more information.
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