Jackson Square Artisans

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Have a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate on us while you shop for handmade holiday gifts.

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New Shop


Our new shop will be opening in a few weeks and we are working like mad to finish up last minute details. The new garden out front is so welcoming when we drive into the parking lot that it almost makes the thought of another day of painting seem less arduous, almost. We have finished the base coat and purchased a soft cream color with a hint of yellow in it for the finish coat, so we are actually a little excited about painting tomorrow. 

Come Join the Jackson Square Artisans

We are Gloria Watanabe (the Boston Woman) & Janet Nelson, two Weymouth artisans, who want to share an exciting opportunity with you. We are developing plans for an Artists Boutique in Jackson Square in Weymouth. The boutique would feature the work of local artisans, who would each have their own dedicated space in the shop that they could design to highlight their work. We hope to have a variety of artists and wares to continually entice shoppers to spend time checking out all the different items and keep returning to see what’s new. A select group of artisans will be chosen to ensure that the boutique offers consistent quality and avoids multiple people selling similar products. Each artisan would help to staff the shop at least one day a month to build a connection with the community and create a rapport with customers who love to shop local.

We have been a part of temporary artists’ groups in neighboring towns and wanted to create a more permanent community here in Weymouth. We already have a mailing list of interested customers who have supported us in the past and can’t wait for our new boutique to open. We’ve found a unique home for our Jackson Square Artisans in a great location that would be perfect for this group, and give us plenty of opportunity for growth. The initial plan would have the shop operate Thursdays through Sundays with an opening day in the spring. The cost to participate would be approximately $75-$100 per month, depending on the number of artisans. This fee would cover all rent, utilities, insurance, advertising and maintenance. We are unable to accept any work on commission at this time.

Please feel free to pass on this information to any other artists, crafters or designers who may be interested. We’d love to share more about our ideas and details about the space! Please email me at artisansatb@gmail.com for more information.

The Perfect Summer

I has been a beautiful and productive summer at the Barn. The Artisans have become a great group of friends, sharing ideas and supporting each other through our first endeavor as a cooperative group of creative people. Unfortunately, our success in creating such a beautiful shop for sharing our wares has made another group of women jealous. The Randolph Women’s Club, which rents the barn to our collaborative, has terminated our lease using the excuse that they want to hold a one day yard sale. Now, everyone we tell this to looks at us with a puzzled expression. The Women’s Club has made more money off the rental of the barn than they will make off of the yard sale, so it is obvious that this is an excuse to shut down our enterprise so they can try to replicate it with one if their own. Unfortunately, they don’t realize how their selfish actions have affected their reputation in the community.

Fortunately for the artisans, a number of people have stepped into the breach and offered us space. This weekend we had three offers for possible rentals. Although we have yet to negotiate a rental that, as struggling artists, we can afford. We are confident that we will be able to keep the collaborative going in a new location. We have also had a number of people ask to become a part of our collaborative and we are excited about increasing the diversity of our items and helping each other succeed as entrepreneurs doing what we love.

To thank all of our supporters, we are holding an end of summer party to celebrate. From 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm next Friday (September 26) we will be serving wine and appetizers at the barn to thank everyone who supported us this summer. We hope to have some idea of where we will be moving by then. If you can’t make it to the event, please make sure your are in our contact list so we can notify you of our new address.

The Artisans at the Barn