Raleigh, N.C. — Craft Habit Holiday Pop Up Shop will officially open its doors in downtown Raleigh next week, but you can get a sneak preview this Friday.
The retail and workshop space, located at 17 E. Martin St. (in between Mecca and Carroll's Kitchen), will also offer high-quality crafting supplies, tools and hands-on classes in fibers (sewing, weaving, knitting) , jewelry and papercrafts. Owners are holding a Pre-Opening Pom Pom Party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. While they aren't completely moved in, there will be enough space for some DJ, DIY projects and dancing.
The grand opening is scheduled for Oct. 14 starting at 11 a.m.
The space is designed to be highly interactive with customers able to arrange private crafting events and parties.
Owners Taylor Lee and Sarah Ferguson are long-time Raleigh residents with "hot-glue in their veins," according to their bios. Ferguson is currently teaching sewing classes at Cary Arts Center.
"We love finding new crafts and things to try, and there's just not a lot of sources locally for the supplies and to learn," Lee said.
Originally the two planned to focus on crafts besides jewelry making, until they heard the popular Glenwood South jewelry craft shop Ornamentea was closing its retail shop.
"We knew we could never replace Ornamentea, but we knew there was a void left when they closed," Lee said.
So, they reached out to owner Cynthia Deis.
"We reached out to her and asked her to mentor us. She enthusiastically agreed and we hired her as a consultant," Lee said.
Classes at the pop up shop will focus on items that would be great gifts. There will also be crafting kits available for purchase.
The shop will be open through the end of the year, when the business plans to move into a permanent location. The new location will have more retail space and allow owners to start adding work stations so people can learn and practice hands-on skills like sewing and printmaking.