Memories on Main emphasizes scrapbooks, crafting
Downtown gift shop set for Sept. 10 opening
September 04. 2012 6:00AM
Six years in the making, Julie Beasley is realizing her goal of opening up a storefront for scrapbookers, and the former Crave Photography location in downtown Dell Rapids is the space of choice for the long-time enthusiast.
Beasley, who has lived in Dell Rapids for four years, had previously planned on subleasing space in the back of the former photography studio, but when the business moved to the space adjacent the Jabberwock, the now business owner jumped at the opportunity.
“I wanted this spot,” she said. “It was big enough for what I wanted to do.”
And by that, Beasley is referring to scrapbooking supplies, workshops and classes and a space for area vendors to sell their wares.
Memories on Main – Scrapbooks, Gifts and More is set to open Sept. 10, with an open house from 5-8 p.m., and owner Beasley expects to have around 15 vendors on-hand with their often handmade products for sale.
“I’m really hoping it goes well,” she said, adding that she’s a proponent of supporting home-based and small businesses. “I like to support my friends through their local businesses.”
The idea of hosting vendors is to give the opportunity to local and area sellers to partially occupy a storefront. Planned Dell Rapids vendors include Deb Henriksen, Charlene Adams and Rena Jensen, selling items such as jewelry, quilts and vinyl artwork.
The scrapbooking fan has been with Creative Memories, a party-based supply business, since 2008. She said that along with various vendor items throughout the gift store, she hopes to include supplies for crafting and eventually host classes ranging from cardmaking to possible future ventures such as crocheting and painting.
“If I’m giving someone a gift, I’d rather give them something that was handmade,” Beasley said, stressing the impact of taking the time to personalize a gift to the recipient. “Just appreciating that you’ve considered giving someone a handmade gift versus something from a big box store.”
Hours: M-T, 12-7 p.m.; W-Th, Closed; F-Sat, 12-8 p.m.; Sun, 1-5 p.m.
Location: 412 E. 4th Street, Dell Rapids