Support Small Businesses This Holiday Season

Tis the season! Support small businesses and independent artisans this holiday season at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals!

At Sugarloaf Crafts Festivals every purchase benefits a small business owner in the most effective way since 100% of the proceeds of each sale goes directly to the artist. There is no cut for shareholders, advertising or legal departments!

Because our artists are free to source raw materials and create according to their own standards of integrity, they often choose to source from locally and sustainable suppliers, thereby supporting other small businesses. They stake their own reputations on the quality of the materials they use and their craftsmanship.

If you have any complaints about your purchase, months or even years later, you won’t deal with an automated customer service department while you try to get a warranty fulfilled. You’ll speak with the person who made the item and they’ll fix it for a nominal fee, and in some cases, for free!

Small businesses like these don’t use focus groups to learn about your anxieties and fears and then use that information to market their products to you. The have a much simpler, time-honored method of customer service -- they look you in the eye and talk to you to find out what you like or don’t like. On the rare occasion that a product cracks or tears, they consider how they would feel if they were in your shoes and then come to an agreement that makes you happy!

On that note, we’ve hand-picked a few artists with items that we think will make your holiday gatherings extra special.

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Treat your Thanksgiving guests to homemade apple pie with a little help from Brumbaugh’s Delites. Their Apple Pies-in-a-Jar make it incredibly easy to have that fresh baked pie aroma and taste without coring a single apple. The pie mix is also fabulous served on top of pancakes, oatmeal or mixed into yogurt. They also carry Pumpkin Logs, Angel Food cakes, sweet and savory jams, pickles, relishes and fruit and vegetable butters. The best part? They grow most of the produce in their jams and pickles!

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George’s Furniture adheres to a standard of craftsmanship that harkens back to the pre-industrial era. They have their own kiln to dry all the wood used in their furniture to ensure only the best quality wood is used. Upon completion, each chair or furniture piece is dated and signed by the individual craftsman who made it!

Dan and Ruth Davenport, of American Forging, make attractive, functional and commemorative trays, ornaments, crosses and dozens of other items using 100% recycled aluminum. This small family business is America’s #1 producer of hand-hammered recycled aluminum gift items.

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If you love quilt patterns and want to enjoy them in portable forms, visit Robert Nettleton of Woodquilter. He uses multi-colored woods to create geometric designs on pins, earrings, ornaments, clocks, boxes and other items.

You can add a touch of Hobbit-chic to your home decor with Keith Schoonover’s custom furniture and serving boards. Wood Eye Wood Products handcrafts end tables, dining tables, shelves, serving boards and other items with a charming rustic look that you might expect to see in a Tolkien novel.

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Bee a good host and treat your friends and family to Bumbleberry Farms’ Honey Cream Spreads. In four fabulous flavors - Lover’s Leap Sea Salt Caramel, Squirrel Crazy Maple, Molten Lava Spiced Chocolate and Sticky Buns Cinnamon - these delectable spreads are great on bagels, stirred into coffee or to glaze fish or poultry.