Wheeling Heritage will open its second craftsman center in Oglebay Park today. Oglebay’s Artisan Center store jobs will be located in the center of the Carriage House Glass Museum in Oglebay Park Gardens.
Alexandra Panas, Communication and Development Manager at Wheeling Heritage, explained that the location will be a smaller version of the Craftsman Center in the heart of Wheeling but will still offer many of the same items found there by local artists.
The new craftsman center will be located in the glass museum building and the focus will be on glassware jobs. The Artisan Shop will provide products from Blenko Glass Company, Aaron Anslow, Ron Hinkle Glass, Lambros Pottery and several other companies. There will also be art prints and apparel for sale crafted from local artists at various price points.
“Oglebay approached us about having a location there when they had a vacancy, and we jumped at the opportunity,” Panas said. “Part of our mission is to provide a platform for local artisans to sell goods. We couldn’t pass it up.”
Wheeling Heritage has hired Jennifer Perks to manage the locations of the two artisan centres, and the organization will have its own employees and pay for it within its space.
“We’re glad to offer things at various price points,” Panas said. “Not everyone wants an elaborate piece of glass, but maybe they do want a sticker on a T-shirt showing they’ve been to Wheeling. And it’s something made by a regional artist.” Oglebay plans to also bring in other vendors in the future months, she said.
Employees at the Artisan Center Shop at Oglebay have been busy organizing their store, and it will be open for sales on Monday.
“The Artisan Center Shop has been a great asset for Wheeling as a space to showcase the region’s makers,” said Walker Holloway, chair of the Wheeling Heritage board of directors. “We’re excited to partner with Oglebay to expand the reach of the shop to both residents and tourists.”
The Carriage House is a central attraction in The Hilltop area of Oglebay Park. The addition of the Artisan Center Shop will showcase the talents of West Virginia artisans to park patrons and resort guests, said Bob Peckenpaugh, president and CEO of Oglebay Park.
“Our goal has been to reimagine this space with local products that will create memories for those that shop with us,” he said. “We welcome the team from Wheeling Heritage as our first partner in this space, and we look forward to expanding the offerings throughout the year.”
Source: Wheeling Intelligencer