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Local Artist Overcoming Disability with a Generous Spirit

Blue Apatite Jasper on Silver Plated Brass

Karen Holtz, a local artist at Soulstice Artisan Market will be featured with her husband Bob at Soulstice Artisan Market, 632 North Winton Rd, February 6th from 6-8 pm.

Karen has a chronic disease, Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) This is a severe form of neuromuscular disease. This disability has not stopped her though. Through the use of various mobility aids she has overcome her disability and is creating beautiful pieces of unique art, concentrating mostly on jewelry. When I first met Karen she explained to me that she started to create beautiful jewelry so she can see her work worn and it makes her feel beautiful again. Karen does not need anything to make her beautiful! Her warm glow, strength and beautiful soul, that she portrays in her creations shows her inner beauty, the true form of beauty. Visit Soulstice Artisan Market on February 6th, another “First Friday” event in Rochester, to meet Karen and be inspired. For more information, please call the store at 585-370-0076.

2013 Spencerport Canal Days, Bob Holtz, Karen Holtz with festival organizer Wendy Dandria.

2013 Spencerport Canal Days, Bob Holtz, Karen Holtz with festival organizer Wendy Dandria.

Holtz Collage

Soulstice Artisan Market – Sale on October 18

October 18 2014 Sale

Soulstice Artisan Market is home for many Rochester Artisans. Have lunch across the street at The Winfield Grill, then take your time visiting Soulstice and chatting with wonderful owner, Collette Welch. Sounds like a good day to me!

Solstice at Soulstice

Header with White Text 400 artisans

Summer Solstice Sale
Saturday, June 21, 11:00 – 5:00

“I want every customer to feel relaxed while they browse through the unique treasures tucked in every corner of the store. Don’t be surprised if you are warmly greeted by two wet noses. They will be happy to show you around the shop,” says owner Collette Welch.

Soleil & Bode, in their younger days.

Soleil & Bode, in their younger days…

We have over 50 artists that sell their products at Soulstice Artisan Market. All artists are well known in the Rochester, NY area and have won awards for their craftsmanship and artistic talent.

Shopping at Soulstice ensures a diverse experience due to the wide range of styles and artistic background. Every customer should find something they want. Feel free to come in and intake the talent of our local artists, right in our back yard.

Sticky Notes with Hand Stitched Cover, by Stefani Tadio. $7.00.

Sticky Notes with Hand Stitched Cover, by Stefani Tadio. $7.00.

Soulstice artists are preparing to help you celebrate Summer Solstice on Saturday, June 21, 11:00 – 5:00. Stop by to meet the artists – many are offering special pricing for this celebration. You’ll find everything from hand crafted jewelry, pottery, stained and fused glass, paintings, paper goods, pillows, quilts, beautiful purses and accessories to aromatherapy!

Soulstice Artisan Market
632 North Winton Road
Rochester, NY 14609

For additional information please call 585-370-0076 or 585-482-4005.

Red Creek Jasper Necklace, by Generous Spirit Jewelry Designs

Red Creek Jasper Necklace, by Generous Spirit Jewelry Designs

Soulstice Artisan Market – Mother’s Day with GemX Jewelry

Thursday, May 8
6:00 – 8:00
Soulstice Artisan Market
632 North Winton Road
Rochester, NY 14609

Soulstice Hours

Soulstice Artisan Market: Wellness Weekend

Guest Post:

Collette Welch, owner of Soulstice Artisan Market.

Soulstice Image with Text

Aromatherapy By Tabs

Thursday, February 6, 6-8pm

Soulstice Artisan Market welcomes ten year old entrepreneur, Tabetha Garver, the founder of Aromatherapy Pendants By Tabs. Tabetha works in conjunction with her mother, Beth Garver, creator of essential oil blends. This popular well-being practice of aromatherapy is used throughout the world. Your favorite oils and special mixtures including peppermint, orange, lemon, lavender, weight loss, cellulite rub and Thieves Cleaner will be available.

Tea-Licious Trendz 404

Saturday, February 8, 11am-1pm

On Saturday, we invite you to come in out of the cold to excite your senses and boost your immune system with Tea Tzar Cynthia Evans, from Tea-Licious Trendz. Cynthia offers custom blends of organic loose leaf teas and herbals made in small batch sizes to assure the freshest health drink possible. She will serve the Valentine’s Day special blends, Zensous and Chocolate Macaroon along with Jade Oolong and Cynthia’s various herbal favorites will be for sale.

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What is a Cash Mob, You Ask?

A Cash Mob is a group of people organized to shop at a certain small business at a prearranged date and time. The idea is to support a locally-owned business, giving them a boost in sales and visibility.

Janice Gouldthorpe, Executive Director, and Kate Edgerton, Communications Specialist, at the Genesee Center for Arts and Education are organizers of Rochester’s Cash Mob. “We are a community arts center and cash mobs support the locally owned and created goods and service businesses in our community.  We hope you and other supporters of the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education want to support our local businesses by spending your dollars locally.”

I’ve noticed that public awareness about supporting local businesses has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years. From time to time, I have customers ask me at shows, where I’m from. Sometimes it’s because they like getting to the know the artist whose work they are purchasing. Sometimes, it’s very specific, they are looking to buy gifts made locally. I love when they say that because it gives me an opportunity to thank them for supporting us.

Last year I encouraged Rochester Artisans to identify themselves as a local artist by having a sign in their space stating their hometown. And posting a sign like this one that I found online and printed, framed and hung in my space.

(I’ve tried to trace back to the original source for this, have not been successful. I’m happy to give credit to the original artist who created this. Anyone know? But I have a feeling he/she is pleased it’s gone viral.)

And lastly Rochester Artisans can always post our own sign in their selling space. I’ve been printing them on bright yellow paper and it’s been fun to see them all over the place at shows. (I always carry some with me, if I run into you at shows, just ask. Or go to the Files section of our Yahoo site and print your own!)

I’m loving this cash mob concept. It’s such a win for all. The shop gets a shot of funds and both store and artisans get some nice exposure.

For this go-round, I’m pulling hard for Soulstice Artisan Market to be the “victim” of the Saturday March 24 Cash Mob. Voting ends Tuesday, March 20. A good number of us Rochester Artisans are grateful to Collette Welch and her amazing store for selling only local hand crafted artisan works. Please vote – and visit the store, located at 632 North Winton Road, Rochester, NY.

Soulstice is also involved in Rochester’s First Friday events. I was lucky enough to be featured one Friday last year, at her store. I demo’d my stitching, brought new items to the store, a bunch of Rochester Artisan friends stopped by – and Channel 8 showed up! That was simultaneously weird and cool. If the video existed somewhere, I’d link to it. You’ll have to trust me, I was breathtakingly gorgeous and profoundly entertaining. 😉

But I’d be remiss, if I didn’t also talk about Jean Wescott’s The Artful Gardener. Her very cool store is located at 727 Mt Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY – and also nominated for the March 24 Cash Mob.

I had the pleasure of meeting Jean at the Blue exhibit the Rochester Artisans held at The Dryer House Gallery in Victor, now sadly out of business. Tom Zachman sells his fused glass work there – I’m guessing there are other Rochester Artisans there too.

The cool thing is any locally owned store can be nominated over and over until they win, then they are asked to sit out and give other stores a chance.

Let’s get busy and support each other!

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