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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Potter County Artisan Center Is A ‘Go’

Potter County Artisan Center Is A ‘Go’

Potter County Todaypotterartisancenter1
About 30 people, many of them artists themselves, have expressed interest in supporting a Potter County Artisan Center. The project got a green light during a meeting hosted by the Potter County Visitors Association (PCVA). It will be located at the Penn-York Building on North Main Street in the joint office of PCVA and the Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce. Plans call for a retail space to be established to showcase area artisans and allow them to sell their works.

The artisan center will serve as an “incubator” for local artisans. Many may eventually establish their own businesses. The center is also designed to attract visitors who will patronize local businesses. It will feature jewelry, herbal products, photography, paintings, wood and metal works, locally made foods and more.

Doug Firestone, a blacksmith from Germania who is president of the PCVA board of directors, said the center is off to a good start. “We’re pleased with the interest we’re seeing,” Firestone said. “Tourism is the key to our future. Our visitors want a complete experience. We can either shun them or embrace them. It’s up to us.” Locally made products and the stories behind the people who create them are in high demand by tourists, Firestone added. Participating artisans will staff the center. A grand opening will be held in April. More information is available at 814-274-3365.

Photo: Doug Firestone (in hat), who operates a blacksmith shop in Germania, discusses the artisan center concept during and organizational meeting. Firestone is board president for the Potter County Visitors Association and a juried artisan through the Pennsylvania Wilds tourist promotion and business development organization.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

Oh no not another incubator. Wonder what ever happened to the one out at the rigas builing? I think it was called virtual incubator. Did anyone recover the funding from the person running that one or did he abscond again with all the funds?

Anonymous said...

No, not an incubator. Please reread the story.

Anonymous said...

I DO NOT need to read it again because that is EXACTLY what it is. Again, has there ever been any accountability to the last one of these PET projects that the county DID sponsor??? Where did the money go? Also, who is footing the bill for the space that this will be occupying? Most of these artisans already have their own space/business and they barely make any money as it is. What makes you so sure that this will be a worthy cause to the LOCAL tax payers? SO many other important projects that should be addressed with tax payer funding. I am sorry but thirty dirty hippies in a room shouldn't be allowed to make decisions in regards to our tax dollars. WTF County Commissioners!!!