On January 18th, we will be holding a re-opening ribbon cutting for Mountain Made in the Grove Arcade.
Mountain BizWorks opened the retail store in 2002 and recently sold it to long-time manager, Melinda Knies. The event will celebrate another woman-owned business – one that features high-quality, handcrafted work from over 150 Western NC artisans.
The ribbon cutting is open to the public, and may be of interest to your readers.
More from the press release:
Mountain BizWorks will celebrate another woman-owned business on January 18th when Mountain Made, a retail shop located in Asheville’s Grove Arcade Public Market, hosts a ribbon-cutting for its re-opening.
Melinda Knies, long-time store manager at Mountain Made, purchased the retail store from Mountain BizWorks in November 2011.
The shop features handcrafted work from over 150 Western NC artisans, including jewelry, pottery, textiles, glasswork, furniture, and more – the same types of popular items featured by Mountain Made since Mountain BizWorks opened the store in 2002.
“Melinda has managed Mountain Made since the beginning, and this is a great opportunity for her to take the store to the next level and make it her own,” says John Mark Stroud, Mountain BizWorks’ Board Chair. “Mountain BizWorks’ Board of Directors and staff are proud that we have helped an entrepreneur transition to ownership of a local business.”
Prior to becoming store manager, Knies participated in Mountain BizWorks’ business-planning class. Since that time, she has built strong relationships with regional artists and has helped create what Shaw Canale, Mountain BizWorks’ CEO, refers to as “one of the finest collections of contemporary mountain-made arts and crafts available in the Western North Carolina area.”