One of the things I always loved about Algonquin Books when I worked there was that even though they have a big parent company in NYC and an amazing knack for publishing bestsellers, they’ve still been able to maintain much of the personality and value system of their small, indie roots. The office still thrives in Chapel Hill, not far from its original location in Louis D. Rubin’s woodshed, and Algonquin is always ready to support local, independent businesses and neighbors without neglecting growth and technological changes in the publishing world.
Like Algonquin, my two younger sisters and I also came of age in the Durham-Chapel Hill area (Algonquin was actually born the same year as my sister, Brita, in 1983) – in a time of growth and change for what they call “The Triangle.” Being blessed with two creative parents, we grew up amid much creativity and enthusiasm, and also developed deep ties with and love for our community.
Surrounded by artists (as well as being artists and writers ourselves) and lovers of handmade things, the three of us recently got together and came up with an idea to help connect the talented makers living in NC with a wider base of buyers who want to support what they do. We’re calling this project The Makery.
The Makery will be an online private sales venue for NC crafts and art – a marriage between e-commerce and shopping local. When we’re up and running, each week we will feature three deals on items lovingly handmade in NC.
We just launched a campaign on Kickstarter to try and raise the money we need to make The Makery happen. Take a look at our video and the great rewards we’re offering, and help us to spread the word if you believe in what we’re trying to do. You can learn more about us from Kickstarter and from our blog. You can also sign up here to request an invite to join The Makery, and you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you.
Viva LaNorth Carolina!