Artisans and artists come together at The Winters Collective

Read about what can be purchased at The Winters Collective in the vendors’ own words.

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Much like a town coming together to build a park as one, some of the greatest achievements can arise from a community working in unison. This is the same for collective businesses as well. The butcher and the baker combining their talents to make chicken-potpies, or the interior decorator that joins with a realtor in order to sell furnished homes; these are the conglomerations that are unique, and that are revolutionary. The new Winters Collective is such a place.

Velo-City’s move to a new location left a void in the downtown. Winters resident Meika Ogando recognized the opportunity and acted on her chance to create a place where local craftspeople and artisans can offer their wares. Considering Winters already has prolific wining and dining enterprises, Ogando sought to open a collectively run venue where local artistry and goods can be easily offered to the public. Ogando:

“For years I’ve been recruiting friends and out-of-towners to visit Winters and see for themselves what a special place it was,” Ogando says. “But when asked where they could go to shop and browse, there were only a few places to mention. I wanted to help change this. The goal was to create a space where small business owners and new businesses could have an opportunity to have a presence on Main Street.”

One Lynda Hinds, who brings her own history of retail expertise to the table, felt that the Winters Collective dream was a sound one and her talents were added to the effort. Together, Ogando and Hinds’ collaboration has produced something of the like that Winters has never before seen. Within a relatively short span of time, the two have pieced together a showcase of talent that’s offerings derive from all across the region.  From the dried do-it-yourself bouquets to the handmade bath bombs, from the intricately crafted jewelry to the fresh and locally procured honey, the Winters Collective provides an avenue for those who wish to support their neighbor’s entrepreneurial endeavors.

During the summer the store in closed on Mondays, open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sundays.

A list of the current businesses  with descriptions submitted by the vendors is featured below:

Serendipity Boutique & Bella Baby:

“Serendipity is a home décor and accessories boutique with a combination of vintage, farmhouse, and industrial style. Karen also offers complimentary interior design consultations, seasonal decorating, and home décor installs. “

The Local Floret: 

“The Local Floret is a flower, plant and garden shop specializing in locally grown and crafted goods.”

Shabby’s:

“This mother daughter duo features fresh baked items, candies, chocolates, and some healthy treats also. Everything is baked out of their home kitchen and transfered to the Collective. We pride ourselves in satisfying any sweet craving you have and making sure every item you receive is homemade with love.”

Mir Designs:

“Mir is a homemade jewelry company out of Winters that combines jewelry work with faith. Mir Designs will also be fashioning with the latest jewelry trends and create unique pieces which is the beauty of buying handmade.”

Abbey Street Crafts:  

“Creates unique handmade items like quirky greetings cards, decorated wine and coffee tumblers and graphic design elements like party and wedding invitations.”

Linvil Photography:

“Kelly Linville is a local award-winning photographer who specializes in photo ink transfers to wood or canvas. All items are Winters themed and capture the beautiful and whimsical nature of this town. Classes on how to learn about ink transfers will be taught at the Winters Collective this Fall.”

Farmer’s Closet:

“Farmer’s Closet is a family owned boutique that specializes in women’s clothing carrying all sizes and home décor. We have a style for every story and a gift for every occasion.”

Valley Press Co.:

“Letterpress and print design studio specializing in wedding invitations and custom stationery. All cards and paper goods are printed by hand with antique printing presses in Winters.”

Amber McHugh Photography:

“Specializes in weddings, special events, portraiture. Amber has been photographing professionally for over 19 years. Using the beauty of natural light, outdoor elements, plus her southern charm. Amber aims to create a fun and relaxing setting to capture your beautiful authentic story.”

Purluv Apotheycary & Spa:

“Organic skincare, wellness and body-care products made with cold pressed lipids, infused with herbal extracts, CO2s and essential oils.”

Ayca Designs: 

“Features uniquely designed jewelry pieces from the historic Mediterranean region of Europe along with the European influenced “Vintage Forward” collection from French Kande. An artist in her own right, you’ll also find Ayca’s intricately “hand-dotted” rocks on display.”

The Lazy Barn: 

“Farm to table- we carry local food directly from the farm.  We carry items like my very own honey, other items like eggs, raw milk, keto snacks, jams & jelly and other seasonal foods.”

Vintique Marketplace:

“Your destination shop for vintage painted furniture, chalk paint, paint classes, unique gifts and more!”

Hamilton Design House:

“Features original designs, with occasional antique or mid-century objects. Our crafts are fair wage, made in Winters.”

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