Jackson Square Artisans

The Carraige House has been open for a month now and we’ve had lots of company.  Everyone who comes in has loved our new shop.  Please stop in. We’re sure you’ll find something you absolutely have to have.

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I’m Looking for a Little Advice

The hosting package for my business webpage expires in a few months and I am tempted to just not bother with a webpage. I sell mostly from my shop on etsy.com and post any new items or updates to social media tracking back to my shop, therefore my web page gets very few hits. 

I would like to know what people think the pros and cons are of having a webpage for my business. Thanks for your help. 

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.

Immigrants and Rising Econmic Opportunity

From an article in the NYT by Adam Davidson On Money

“It might seem intuitive that when there is an increase in the supply of workers, the ones who were here already will make less money or lose their jobs. Immigrants don’t just increase the supply of labor, though; they simultaneously increase demand for it, using the wages they earn to rent apartments, eat food, get haircuts, buy cellphones. That means there are more jobs building apartments, selling food, giving haircuts and dispatching the trucks that move those phones. Immigrants increase the size of the overall population, which means they increase the size of the economy. Logically, if immigrants were “stealing” jobs, so would every young person leaving school and entering the job market; countries should become poorer as they get larger. In reality, of course, the opposite happens.”

Also, 

“Economists have shifted to studying how nations so quickly adjust to new arrivals. The leading scholar on this today is Giovanni Peri of the University of California, Davis, who has shown that immigrants tend to complement — rather than compete against — the existing work force. Take a construction site: Typically, Peri has found, immigrants with limited education perform many support tasks (moving heavy things, pouring cement, sweeping, painting), while citizens with more education focus on skilled work like carpentry, plumbing and electrical installation, as well as customer relations. The skilled native is able to focus on the most valuable tasks, while the immigrants help bring the price down for the overall project (it costs a lot to pay a highly trained carpenter to sweep up a work site). Peri argues, with strong evidence, that there are more native-born skilled craftspeople working today, not fewer, because of all those undocumented construction workers.”

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