Curiosity and excitement have been building in Martensville as many residents have noticed the movement taking place at the old Hardware store located across from Tim Hortons. In the past weeks, noticeable improvements have been made to the exterior of the building, piquing the interest of those passing by. What we can’t see is the improvements being done on the inside of the building to reflect a boutique like feel.
On March 1st, the public can officially have a look at the newest business addition to the community. ClassC Artisans Boutique will be hosting a grand opening celebration that day, and will be open to the public at 10am. That evening, from 7pm-9pm will consist of an opportunity to peruse the goods offered within and to enjoy some refreshments while you shop.
ClassC Artisans Boutique will offer a wide array of handmade goods from over 60 local vendors ranging from food items, clothing, woodwork, pet items, jewelry, household items, artwork and much more. “We will have something for everyone available; men, women, kids, babies, seniors, pets, you name it!”
The concept behind this business stems from owner/operator Chantelle Smith, who has always dreamed of having her own store. Smith, who has been sewing since she was a child, often attended tradeshows and craft sales to display her product and from there, thought that the idea of having a store that could provide the variety these shows did could be extremely beneficial to the community. Vendors pay a small rental fee to Smith and in return, their goods are displayed within the business. Customers then come in and can purchase items, request custom orders and get more information on vendors through Smith. Once a week, Smith will provide an updated report to vendors of what is selling and then they can restock as required. “The vendors don’t have to actually be there. Everything is done through me and I communicate with the vendors on what is needed, or provide the information for the custom orders and once the orders are fulfilled, they bring them to the store for the customer. It is a concept like no other, they rent the space from me and they keep all of their sales.
It is a great opportunity for these small businesses to earn a little extra income,” Smith explained. Vendors are not duplicated, so each individual brings something unique to the business, offering a wide assortment of handmade goods for customers. In addition, the business will also provide custom embroidery and vinyl with industrial machines available on site.
Throughout the summer months, Smith will also be offering additional tables in the outdoor space available. “It will be open to other vendors, not just the ones located within the store. We will have everything from baking, vegetables and other handmade goods,” added Smith.
A resident of Hepburn and a mother to three young boys, Smith knows that life is going to be getting busier; however, the excitement of being able to pursue her passion in business creates a noticeable glow within Smith when discussing ClassC Artisans Boutique.
Hours of operation will be from 10am-7pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10am-9pm on Thursday and 10am-5pm on Sunday; closed on Monday. Those interested in more information on how to become a vendor can contact Smith at (306) 716-2900. Watch for updates and vendor highlights by following ClassC on Facebook at ‘ClassC Artisans Boutique’ as well as Instagram.