To make and to sell.

Our “Locally Made” issue introduces you to several local products and their creators. While researching and reaching out to our local crafters and artists, in order to select those to be featured, I found three common threads in their “stories.”

First, I learned that most of their businesses started out as hobbies. This is a great reason to encourage others (and yourselves) to explore and participate in hobbies and activities; not only is it healthy to make and spend spare time engaged in an enjoyable activity, but you never know where it will take you. Adventures await!

Secondly, it quickly became apparent that “word-of-mouth” had the largest impact on product demand and growth of these local businesses. In these cases, it was others noticing a product that the creators made and asking where they could get one…or many…This was refreshing for me to learn that even in our world, so driven by technology, good old-fashioned, face-to-face communication is still vital to our lives and to the economy.

Lastly, our local artisans are generous and charitable people. Whether they are donating their wares to silent auctions for fundraising, donating their time teaching others their crafts, or donating items and portions of proceeds to various charities, our local creators are giving back. Brings to mind, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”—Winston Churchill

Here’s to those in the Chesterfield and surrounding areas who make and sell items locally. You have modeled for us some good rules of thumb which also just happen to be attributes of positive, happy people:

  1. • HAVE HOBBIES.
  2. • SPEAK POSITIVELY.
  3. • GIVE BACK.

Readers, a great way for us to show appreciation for these great life lessons and to support our local economy is to seek out and purchase locally made products from our very own artisans.

Yours in Community,