Hoping some of its neighbor’s luck rubs off, Crafters Cubbies has opened in the Swiss Village shops.
It was more than 33 years ago, that the Payson Candle Factory opened in the shopping center off the Beeline Highway. Just a few weeks ago, Rebecca Acord opened a handmade gift shop next door, at 626 N. Beeline Highway.
The shop will hold a grand opening celebration Black Friday, Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Crafters Cubbies offers a collection of handmade crafts and gifts, all made by local artists.
From pottery, quilts, jewelry, purses, crocheted items, wood carvings, scrapbooking, greeting cards, hair bows, vintage aprons to custom artwork, the shop has a little bit of everything.
A consignment shop, 17 artists rent out space in the store and stock it with their wares, making the selection varied.
Acord says the inspiration for the shop came Oct. 7 when she met a group of crafters at the Greg Day craft fair benefit.
“Many of the local crafters were discussing the desire to have a permanent place to display their work,” she said. “I took this to heart and decided that I could work locally and share rent space with my new friends enabling them to sell and grow their businesses too.”
Acord, who draws custom Person-Ettes, realized she could manage the shop and draw at the same time.
In addition, the store would provide a place to display her work during the winter months when craft shows slow down.
“I traveled northern Arizona to different markets and art shows displaying my name drawings,” she said. “I enjoyed meeting people and experiencing the different communities, but with winter fast approaching, I realized that I may not be able to travel over the Rim to the craft fairs.”
Other crafters faced a similar dilemma.
“Payson has so many talented residents, each with a passion,” she said. “Finding a venue to display and sell their handcrafted items has been a challenge. Craft fairs and art shows are one way, but they come with disadvantages. Not having a consistent presence where people can find crafts when they need them has been a problem.”
Acord says the crafters realized they could not support a shop individually, but together could afford rent and advertising.
From there, Crafters Cubbies was born.
“It is a charming store that is consistently going to evolve,” she said. “New items will be coming every day. This is the place to find the perfect gift for particular people not just for Christmas, but for all occasions.”
Acord’s specialty, Person-Ettes, are ink drawings with the person’s name woven into the image.
There are more than 150 silhouettes to choose from, all of which Acord can customize with a name, team name or number.
Acord was first introduced to the product 25 years ago when she was given a Person-Ette for Christmas.
“It was such a touching gift,” she said. “There is nothing more personal than a persons name.”
Crafters Cubbies is open Monday through Friday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, call (928) 978-0640.