Saturday, September 25, 2021

Norfolk Artisans Guild to shut down

NORFOLK — More than 27 years after it was founded, the Norfolk Artisans Guild, located at 10 Station Place, will be shutting down in December.
The Guild’s store is located at 10 Station Place and is co-owned by Vee Kausel and Kathy Williams.
In an interview with The Winsted Phoenix, Kausel said that business has been slow this year.
“We’re having a hard time making our expenses,” Kausel said. “Our mission has always been to be an outlet for local artisans. Our goal is never to make money for the Guild itself, we just needed money to run. The business has been so slow between the virus closing us down for a time and then we lost power for a week in August.”
The store offers items from over 40 artists in the Northwest Corner, including handmade jewelry, hand-dyed yarns, children’s clothing, greeting cards, paintings, sculptures, woodenware, and seasonal decorations.
“After more than 27 years, it’s a long run for a shop like ours,” Kausel said. “It’s been locally supported by all of the artisans. We’re like a family of artisans who all encouraged one another. But even a week of no income does hurt when someone is trying to put a few pennies together to pay the bills. Our landlord Bob Palone has been very considerate in his realization of the situation that we are in. He has been very helpful and helped to keep us going through these tough times.”
Kausel added that she is somewhat hopeful that someone may offer to take over the store for both her and Williams down the line.
But until then Kausel said that the Guild is making plans to have a booth at the Winter Weekend in Norfolk, which is typically held in February but as of right now the 2021 edition of the event has not been scheduled. The store will officially close on Friday, Dec. 11.
Hours of the store until Monday, Nov. 30 are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m to 4 p.m.
Starting on Tuesday, Dec. 1, the store will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until its final scheduled day of operation on December 11.
For more information call 860-542-5055

Shaw Israel Izikson
Editor of The Winsted Phoenix.