Streamlined Depot look puts local creations at center stage

8:54 am | February 17, 2014
Photo by Brandon Hicks

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Tourism Coordinator Carl Brickey IV arranges items at the Arts and Crafts Depot, which has been remodeled to better showcase local crafts and arts.

It’s a new look to better suit some old traditions.

The Arts and Crafts Depot at the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce has been remodeled to help better showcase the handmade creations of local artisans.

Carter County Tourism Coordinator Carl Brickey IV said the depot was still a work in progress as he worked to contact more local arts and crafts vendors to display their creations in the space.

The depot now features a more streamlined appearance with displays placed at intervals around the space to showcase the different items available for purchase. Some of the items available include T-shirts, mugs and stickers promoting Carter County, hand-knit or crocheted hats, scarves and blankets; quits, handcrafted wood items, books, candles, jewelry, photos of local scenes and snacks.

Brickey’s goal is to see the space grow to include more of the talent that Carter County has to offer.

“I’m working to get more local vendors,” Brickey said. “I want to show more of the arts and crafts that are made in this area. The Depot should mirror the area the best that it can.”

He said he would also be working to connect with more local authors and hopes to host more book signings at the Chamber of Commerce.

While redoing the space inside the Arts Depot, some of the items available in the depot were reconsidered. Items that were more seasonally appropriate were featured, while those that were not or were not selling well were removed from the displays.

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