New Arts and Crafts Headquarters Seeks to Inspire Community
Published August 25, 2019
A commitment to the arts is a key component of Silverthorne’s community fabric and has recently attracted a new business to the town. Summit Arts & Crafts Headquarters opened in Silverthorne along Rainbow Drive in June, providing the only arts and craft supply store in Summit County. This eagerly awaited shop is more than just the materials needed for your next project though.
Summit Arts & Crafts Headquarters owner Rachel Sachs is a lifelong knitter, and after moving to Summit County two years ago realized that she not only needed supplies, but that there was no designated arts and crafts store, or space, in the community. She took the opportunity to open Summit Arts & Crafts Headquarters and believes that a brick and mortar store provides a dedicated community art space for people to come and create, fostering a community of artists here in Silverthorne.
Rachel’s community commitment is evident in how the store is set up and the classes provided. The shop has several tables and chairs surrounded by natural light, perfect for people to try out their new supplies right away. Additionally, the store hosts an open craft night every Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. where people can bring in whatever project they are working on. This free craft time allows crafters to learn from each other and be social with like-minded individuals. The store also has a myriad of classes available each month for those looking to learn a new skill, and Rachel is always looking for new teachers to provide additional artistic opportunities. Summit Arts & Crafts Headquarters is planning on adding more weekend and evening classes to the schedule and the most up to date calendar can be found here.
Summit Arts & Crafts Headquarters not only offers classes but has sewing machines available for rent. The machines are $5/hour or $35/a day (available in shop only), making projects that require sewing accessible to those that may not have a machine at home. The shop also has a community “offering and seeking” board to connect those with different artistic and craft skills with others needing help finishing or working on a project.
As for supplies, Summit Arts and Crafts Headquarters stocks yarn, needlecrafts, fabric and quilting materials, painting and drawing supplies and more at affordable and competitive prices. Rachel says that having a physical location in the area gives people an opportunity to really feel yarn and fabrics before buying. As the only arts and crafts store in the county, Rachel tries to provide a variety of products so the shop can introduce people to new and trending arts and crafts that they may enjoy. Lately, Calligraphy and hand lettering have been very popular.
After identifying a community need for arts and crafts, Rachel says that “Silverthorne really is home to the arts and is a town that welcomes new businesses.” With lots of new development going on, Rachel says it is an exciting place to be. She can’t wait for the new 4th Street Crossing development and hopes to be able to take visiting family and friends there soon. “I am so excited for that and it is definitely a reason I signed this lease in Silverthorne.”
Stop by Summit Arts & Crafts Headquarters Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.