Crafty lot may return
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.”