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Retailer Spotlight: Courtyards

Retailer Spotlight: Courtyards

Sharon Prazak - Tiverton,RI

Describe your gallery.
Established fine craft store for 35 years. Focusing on US handmade.
  
Year Founded:
1982
 
Square Feet of Retail Space:
2,000 square feet.
  
Why did you decide to open a gallery?
Had the opportunity after working for a shop owner to buy her craft part of the business, and it grew from there.
  
How many artists do you represent?
200-400 at any given time.
 
How do you promote your artists/gallery?

Facebook, Instagram, shows, and tv ads. 

What percentage of merchandise is made in the U.S.? Canada? Imported?

Jewelry, pottery, cards, and clothing.

What trade shows do you attend?
NY, Dallas, and Atlanta.
  
What attracts you to new merchandise?

Uniqueness.

Do you consign?
Sometimes.
  
Do you sell online?

No I do not.

What is your shopping routine on IndieMe?

Check in once or twice a week for new artists and for old artist's new work.

Who generates the biggest sales for you? Tourists? Locals? Repeat Customers? Collectors?
Locals.
  
What retail price point sells best?
$40-$80.
 
How is business? Any thoughts for the future of craft galleries?
Business is good, seems you have to work harder to get new customers...keeping them is easy due to our fantastic customer service.
  
What advice do you have for new craft galleries?

Start small, and LOVE what you do!

What advice do you have for new craft artists?
Focus on price points to capture all markets.

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Teresa Mowery

I always think of Courtyards for unique gifts! It is such a pleasant experience to visit the shop and work always seems fresh.

last week
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Sharon Prazak

High compliments coming from such a renowned artist, Thank you so much.

last week

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