Shop Lo­cal suc­cess in Hud­son

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An inau­gu­ral ini­tia­tive that pro­mo­ted lo­cal­ly made and sold pro­ducts was a suc­cess in Hud­son over the ho­li­day shop­ping season.

The first ever Shop Lo­cal & Made Lo­cal was held at Centre Dé­cor Hud­son on De­cem­ber 15. Event or­ga­ni­zers Lea Du­ro­cher and Ma­de­leine Lan­glois, as well as five other par­ti­ci­pa­ting ar­tists, say they were thril­led by the crowd that came out to sup­port the ini­tia­tive.

“Eve­ryone had a fa­bu­lous day, we will do the event again next year, plus a spring event with a few more sur­prises in store”, Du­ro­cher, ow­ner of Centre Dé­cor Hud­son, said.

The event’s goal, she ex­plai­ned, was to em­pha­size the im­por­tance of shop­ping lo­cal­ly while show­ca­sing ori­gi­nal and lo­cal­ly made pro­ducts. The end re­sult, ac­cor­ding to Du­ro­cher, en­cou­rages and sup­ports ar­tists in the re­gion. The group of se­ven ar­tists al­so raf­fled off a gift bas­ket va­lued at over $400, which was filled with so­me­thing from each ar­tist. Among the gift items were hand pain­ted ho­li­day si­gns by Ch­ris­tine Sher­riffs Froh­loff, func­tio­nal sto­ne­ware pot­te­ry by Jen Bau­meis­ter, up­cy­cled crea­tions by Jen­na Kroon, a de­co­ra­tive toile pillow made by Joan­na Sch­nitt­ker Ol­son, aro­ma­the­ra­py pro­ducts crea­ted by So­nia Cir­ka, gifts and gift cer­ti­fi­cate from Hud­son Centre Dé­cor and pho­to frames and books of lo­cal images by Lan­glois of Mad­dy­lane Pho­to­gra­phy.

PHO­TO COURTESY OF CENTRE DÉ­COR HUD­SON

Joan­na Sch­nitt­ker Ol­son, So­nia Cir­ka, Jen Bau­meis­ter, Ma­de­leine

Lan­glois and Lea Du­ro­cher.

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