Craftsy House back open and more

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal.net

Artis­tic “vil­lage” grow­ing within Cedar­town build­ing af­ter Craftsy House, AJ’s Cloth­ing moves up the block

A pair of lo­cal busi­nesses who were on the south side of Main Street are now back open in new lo­ca­tions just a few blocks up the road now more on the north side of his­toric down­town Cedar­town.

Craftsy House owner Mer­ari Mo­rales, along with Aleida Men­dez and her cloth­ing store have opened back up at 219 Main St., Cedar­town in the blue build­ing be­tween Cedarstream and the Cedar­town Mu­seum of Coca-Cola Mem­o­ra­bilia.

Mo­rales also opened up the former office space to pro­vide a place for their crafts to be sold as well.

That in­cludes new busi­ness Cu­riosi­ties Cabi­net run by Kina Fer­gu­son and her daugh­ter Kayla. Fer­gu­son makes the soaps sold within, and Kayla cre­ates jew­elry and also fea­tures her art and photo restora­tion work.

Mo­rales con­tin­ues her ser­vice of pro­vid­ing cre­ative lo­cals with a chance to bet­ter their artis­tic skill set or just sit down and have some fun paint­ing a pre-made de­sign ei­ther as in­di­vid­u­als or plan­ning a party at Craftsy House. Her store­front is avail­able also to help lo­cal stu­dents in home school have a chance at in­struc­tor-led arts and crafts as well.

More in­for­ma­tion about what she has to of­fer can be found at face­book.com/craft­sy­house, or by call­ing 678-949-2504.

“I have art club on Wed­nes­days and Fri­days for home school and af­ter school stu­dents from 3 to 5 or 4 to 6 p.m. de­pend­ing on if they are home school or af­ter school,” she said.

Mo­rales is ask­ing those who want to par­tic­i­pate be at least five and no older than 12 years for the af­ter-school pro­gram twice weekly.

There’s also two ses­sions daily Mon­day through Fri­day with Yvonne Davis Wade specif­i­cally for home school stu­dents on Tues­day af­ter press time.

She’s also got her plenty of space for par­ties and other events who want some­thing cre­ative to do while cel­e­brat­ing a spe­cial oc­ca­sion.

The other side of the new store­front con­tains the space now oc­cu­pied by A.J.’s Cloth­ing, which was opened ear­lier in the year as well next door to Craftsy House and made the move up the street.

Men­dez pro­vides a wide va­ri­ety of brands and cloth­ing styles, along with ac­ces­sories within her new lo­ca­tion and is open weekdays and week­ends.

The new ad­di­tion to the blue build­ing, which Mo­rales sees as part art vil­lage, con­tains Cu­riosi­ties Cabi­net, a scent and soap busi­ness cre­ated by Fer­gu­son and Knowles, which pro­vides hand­made and all nat­u­ral soap and scent prod­ucts, along with art­work and jew­elry cre­ated by hand. Kayla also pro­vides free­lance art and photo restora­tion ser­vices within the shop space as well.

James Hill is also us­ing some of the space in the new build­ing to show­case his art­work, and oth­ers have paint­ing and por­traits of all kinds lin­ing the main hall­way as well.

Hill also pro­vides mu­se­umqual­ity photo and art restora­tion ser­vices, cus­tom fram­ing and he of­fers oil and draw­ings.

Over­all, it’s Mo­rales’ hope that with a va­ri­ety of artists show­ing in the hall­way, and new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties com­ing up all the time, she’ll con­tinue to grow within the blue build­ing on Main Street and make it more than just Craftsy House, but a full Craftsy vil­lage.

/ Kevin Myrick

Craftsy House owner Mer­ari Mo­rales re­cently com­pleted a move up the street in down­town Cedar­town to 219 Main St.

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