GILBERT, Ariz. - Studio 223 in downtown Gilbert might have all the homemade goods you could think of.
"We have almost 50 vendors that are local to the Valley that handmake items – they sell them here in the store," says Tori Marti, who owns the shop. The shop was first started by her friend.
"When she said she was going to close the shop, I was like, ‘No you can’t do that, I'll buy it from you,'" Marti remembered. So, she bought the boutique shop and expanded on the idea of selling unique items from local vendors.
Amanda Archinuk owns Kozy Knit Designs, and of course, loves sharing her craft. So much so, she sells her items at Studio 223.
Bart Candle Co. also sells at the shop. And they don't only sell candles, but they sell jewelry, pillows, signs, baby items – you name it.
To make the visit to the shop even more fun, you can hold private parties with friends and family.
"We also do private parties, so you can come in as a group of adults, we do everything from baby showers, bachelorette parties, girls' night out, date night, all kinds of things where you can come in create a product. Usually, we'll do wood signs but we can tap into any of our vendors," Marti said.
For now, Studio 223 has about 50 different vendors that hand-make items and sell them in the shop. However, Marti is always searching for more vendors to add.
"We are always looking for something different and unique, products we don't already have in the store. we try to just keep a few vendors of each type of product," Marti says.
Small businesses keep the community strong, she added, and she’s grateful for the customers that keep coming back.
"You can find big box stores everywhere, but it's the small businesses that really are the backbone of the economy, of the community," Marti said.
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