Artisans' co-op sees further growth

The Artisans on Main in Montague has had a profitable second summer of business.

Eastern P.E.I. artists taking advantage of new opportunity

The Artisans on Main in Montague, P.E.I. has had a profitable second summer of business.

Last year, about a dozen artists came together to create a co-op to sell their goods in both a store and boutique on Main Street in Montague.

The co-op has seen growth in both memberships and sales. Forty one artists are members this year, and co-op revenues have doubled from $6,000 to $12,000.

Artisan committee chair Audrey Bunt said the co-op is an important opportunity for the local arts community.

"Somebody is literally giving you the opportunity to do something that you wouldn't even have the financial means or the time to do on your own," said Bunt.

"Everybody's work has done really good this year. Traffic is up this year as well."

The expanding offering of Artisans on Main includes more water colours and some folk art stencilling, she said.

The Town of Montague has recognized the importance of the shop as a tourist attraction, contributing $12,000 towards its operation.

Artisans on Main will be open until the end of September.


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