Craftland Brings a Band of Merry Makers for Your Holiday Shopping

The Downcity staple started as a holiday pop-up and continues bringing handmade cheer in its brick-and-mortar 18 years later

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A scalloped aqua sign with slightly askew lettering signals that you’ve arrived at Craftland. The delightful brick-and-mortar, which started as a holiday pop-up in 2002, has been bringing artsy charm to the Downcity part of Westminster Street for 11 years now, showcasing an array of prints, jewelry, magnets, and more, all created by local artists. “Craftland is a tactile store and sometimes it’s not enough to just see with your eyes!” says Darrien Segal, store manager and maker, who notes that along with hand sanitizer and disposable gloves at the front door, there are other protocols to keep customers safe during the pandemic. “Everyone must wear a mask, and we strictly adhere to guidelines limiting the number of customers in the store at one time,” she explains. There is also curbside pickup and a contactless semi-self-serve system where items can be scanned by the cashier through a clear panel with shoppers doing the bagging themselves. “And for customers who would like us to gift wrap for them, we do that, too!” says Segal. Craftland continues to participate in Open Air Saturdays, an initiative which encourages outdoor patronage by shutting down traffic on Westminster between Eddy and Union, Saturdays through December 26.

 

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