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Shop local at Down Home Gilchrist

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Great things happen when everybody chips in.
A group of talented local artisans, crafters and sewers have come together to stock the shelves of Down Home, a gift shop that has opened inside the Gilchrist County Journal.
Just Southern columnist Cindy Jo Ayers and her daughter, Carrie Ayers Mizell, editor of the Gilchrist County Journal, love to travel. While on a trip to Birmingham, Alabama earlier this year, the two happened in a shop that sold goods made exclusively in Alabama. Inspired by the shop, which was filled with local artwork, jewelry and home décor, the ladies decided to come home and clean out the front of the newspaper office. Office supplies that once filled the front portion of the office have been consolidated to one wall up front, leaving a spacious area for gifts made by local hands.
“Over the years we have met so many talented local residents while out writing articles for the newspaper,” Mizell explained. “Most do not have a place to sell the wares that they make, so it seemed an obvious decision for us to partner with local artisans.”
The Journal has the space available, and the staff on-hand to assist customers who come through the front door looking for a unique gift. If they want to purchase a newspaper subscription while in the office, then the staff can help with that as well.
Artisans and crafters from Bell, Fanning Springs and Trenton have been bringing in items over the last few weeks to sell. Janet Trautman, Erin Crowe, Mary Ann Johnson, Lenore Nichols, Kimberly McKenzie, Angie McKenzie, Charley Buck, Franne Martin, and Callie Barkevich have all brought in goods to sell.
“I am thrilled to be included in this venture” said Mary Ann Johnson. “I love that it showcases local crafters. Just another reason I love being “Down Home” in Gilchrist County.”
Items for sale include crosses, headbands, pumpkins, feed sack bags, camera straps, aprons, pottery, jewelry, photography, raised garden planters and metal signs. A number of items can even be personalized for the recipient.
“We really want to encourage people to shop local for Christmas presents this year, stop by the Journal before heading on to Gainesville to the mall,” Cindy Jo Ayers said. “Please support your neighbors by shopping local this Christmas season.”
The Gilchrist County Journal is an independent, locally owned and operated business run by a group of people who genuinely care about each other and the well being of this community because it’s their home too. Down Home is just an extension of that passion for the place we call home.
According to the Small Business Administration, if just half the United States’ employed population spent $50 each month in locally owned, independent businesses, it would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue.
Stop in and shop local! Down Home will be open inside the Gilchrist County Journal, 207 North Main Street in Trenton, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every Saturday between now and Christmas from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call 463-7135.

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