Bull City Craft, the locally owned craft studio and art supply store, reopened this month in a new space that allows for more programs and play.
The popular store, which opened in 2011, has moved inside a colorful storefront at Homestead Market Shopping Center. Off Highway 54, the shopping center is home to some other popular local shops, including the Bean Traders coffee shop and The Mad Popper gourmet popcorn shop. It sits just across Interstate 40 or the pedestrian bridge from The Streets at Southpoint.
It's a distance from Bull City's original location along Durham's University Drive, but, after about a week of opening their doors, it's already pulling in original customers and plenty of new ones.
"Many people are just popping in," said Jessica Greene, a mom of one, who owns the store with her husband, Franklin Santana. "It's easy to get to from other places."
The new space, made possible in part from a successful Kickstarter campaign last year, isn't necessarily bigger, Greene said. But the layout is more conducive to the birthday parties, summer camps and other programs that the shop offers. At the front of the store is a small retail shop with craft items and art supplies.
You'll also find space for Bull City's Preschool Playcraft program, which now will be open throughout the day, instead of just a few set hours. The drop-in play program offers a space for young children to play and create. There's a small play area, rice table, play dough and a spot for them to paint and take part in other crafts. The cost is $6 for the first child and $5 for the second.
Families can stay as long as they'd like. The activities aren't guided. Kids can move at their own speed, Greene said. Preschool Playcraft is available during the store's operating hours (just check on Saturdays in case a birthday party has closed the program).
There's also room for drop-in crafts - paint-your-own frames and other items - which make perfect gifts.
In the back, there are two big tables for the shop's birthday parties and summer camps.
Greene said she and her husband plan to keep Bull City's space at the Golden Belt complex in downtown Durham open. That space has a small shop, popular with artists, and an area for programs, including the Paint 'n Pour series where adults bring their own adult beverage and complete a painting.
Bull City's newest space is at 105 W NC 54 in Durham. Bull City Craft's website has more information.
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