Crafty lot may re­turn

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS - — Liana Walker

GRAN­ITE Belt crafters would fondly re­mem­ber the name Brid­get Bunchy.

The re­cy­cled gallery shop op­er­ated in The Sum­mit from 2013 un­til 2017 un­der the hands of Is­abella Tor­risi.

What started as an out­let for Mrs Tor­risi’s de­signs turned into a store for 88 lo­cal artists to sell their crafts and hobby pieces.

Now liv­ing in­ter­state, Mrs Torissi said she would love to see the store’s re­turn to the Gran­ite Belt.

“There’s so many mak­ers there and lots of small hobby mak­ers,” she said.

“Your choice is ei­ther to do markets your­self, and with the lo­ca­tion in the Gran­ite Belt you prob­a­bly have to travel a lot for that, or put stock in a shop.

“To have an out­let that peo­ple can put their stuff in on a con­sign­ment ba­sis gives mak­ers an av­enue to show­case their work all the time in the Gran­ite Belt.

“It’s pretty im­pres­sive that there are that many lo­cal mak­ers in the area.”

Lo­cal crafter April Kneipp said restart­ing the store was on her radar.

“I’d love to be in­volved in it,” Mrs Kneipp said.

“I had some dresses and baby rat­tles sold there as well.

“I loved how it purely sup­ported lo­cal busi­nesses and pro­moted reusing and re­cy­cling.

“It was such a pos­i­tive place to go to, it even had a play area for your lit­tle ones to en­joy while you browsed.

“We need more busi­nesses like that.”

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