Hi there…  Janie here from The Stash!

We have had a busy week here at the shop!  There are many things going on, changing and evolving for us.  We will see if I can fill you in below:

  • The Stash on the Road:  Holiday Market Place!  Thank you again to you all who will be joining us on that venture.  We really appreciate your support and are looking forward to hitting a whole different target market with The Stash.  We only needed 21 artists to join in order for The Stash to be able to afford to go.  Booth fees are outrageous at $525, naturally most of us ‘individual’ artists have not been able to pay.  But as a group, we have collectively come up with the funds & The Stash will man the booth!  Woo Hoo!
  • Artists Message Board:  There has been a request, that we are more than willing to help with.  🙂  Artists, we will have a message board for you, set up in our classroom.  This is for you to post artistic items that you have for sale or would like to trade.  Use it as much as you can and check it often for great deals!  
  • Website:  Yes, we are going to be doing one and it is in the works for this Fall…  Will let you know more as we know more…  🙂 
  • Classes: Who wants to teach & when?  Day time slots are good, and would be a perfect time to work with homeschool groups.  Evenings are great and we would love to hear about your ideas…  Rachael is taking on this class scheduling baby, so she would be the perfect one to answer your questions.  
  • Moving:  Yep, that is what that word means…  The Stash has outgrown its current location in the short 11 weeks since Grand Opening!  The venue is moving, but I guarantee you it is a most fabulous spot.  We are doubling the space, increasing wall area, adding a bathroom (yes!!!!! we have been working for this long with out a bathroom in our shop!), and setting up a permanent place for the sewing lounge.  Our new address will be: 535 3rd Avenue, Suite B.  So please let us know if you have any questions about any of this and Laura, Rachael & I will be glad to help you.  Our new Grand Re-Opening will be on Friday October 3rd!  When we talked about this today we realized that we opened with around 30 artists, and at last count today we are at 74!  Way to go Fairbanks…
  • Inventory:  Holidays are coming!  We hope to have a great selection for our customers in the store and at ‘Roady’ shop when we are out doing events.  A new little ditty will be our holiday baskets, made for all different people, following all different themes, and selling for all different prices.  Should make some shopping easier that is for sure.
  • Fixtures:  As we grow the business to help support all the wonderful artwork & pretties, we are always searching for neat items to display things on.  So this would be an all call for cool things.  🙂  Have some furniture around that you aren’t using, or something creative in mind, LET US KNOW!  We would love to hear your ideas, and see your things. (Emailing pictures works great for us if they are to big to bring in!)
  • First Fridays:  We have all the First Friday themes planned from now through December.  They are as follows:
    • September 5th:  All things by kids and/or for kids (Here we will highlight our youth artists in the shop and their wonderful work.  We will also feature all things made for kids too!) 
    • October 3rd:  The Stash Unplugged (Fairbanks very own musicians, music writers and music makers all in one  place.  Lively jam sessions, unique mixes too!) 
    • November 7th:  Recycle, Reuse, Rethink and Give (So many of our products are made out of environmentally friendly materials or items that had a previous life as something else, come and see the unique and thoughtful way these artists work.) 
    • December 5th:  Share the warmth (Hats, Mittens, Scarves oh my…  It is bringing forth all things to warm you up and those of others!) 
  • Newspaper article:  Fairbanks Daily Newsminer was in today for an interview!  Yeah…  Looks like there will be an article coming next Sunday on Aug. 31st in the business section.  Keep your fingers crossed in hopes that it all comes out as cool as the interview went.

Whew, I feel like I need to take a nap now!  🙂 
Cheers – The Stashette’s