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Greencastle shop features work created by artists

January 09, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - There's a special kind of gift shop near Doylestown, Pa., that Cathy Shaffer used to go into. It featured artist-made crafts.

Shaffer, 40, moved from Hagerstown to the Greencastle area 2 1/2 years ago with her husband, Anthony, and three children.

She was working in a store at Valley Mall in Hagerstown when she noticed a brick building under construction on Williamsport Pike. It was advertising for tenants.

The time seemed right to make a move toward creating her own business.

"When I saw this building going up, I said 'it's now or never,'" she said. "This is something that I always wanted to do."

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She opened Cat's Creative Cupboard, a gift shop featuring items created by artisans, in the first space that became available in the building. This week, her shop, at 11368 Williamsport Pike, was the only occupant in the building, which appears to be nearing completion.

Shaffer's store opened Nov. 17 in time for the Christmas shopping season.

She lined up artists and craftspeople to bring their work into the store.

"Some of them found me after I got here," she said.

Shaffer is determined that the merchandise on her shelves be made by artists, not in factories in foreign countries.

"Business was pretty good for the Christmas holidays, but I don't know yet how it will be going into January," she said. "I hope when more tenants move into this building that it will help my business."

On display in the shop, on the floor, on specially made shelves and in display cases, are homemade jewelry, some furniture, pottery, jams, jellies and dry mixes, handmade vintage cameos, candles, ceramic tea-light houses, baby quilts and accessories, stuffed animals and a variety of upscale collectibles.

The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday.

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