Lowcountry Made is a collective of local artisans brought together by local entrepreneur Katie Silva to provide them with an online directory, online shop, newsletter, artisan markets and wholesale services.
The collective is continuing to grow, and will now be able to showcase the many products of local makers at its first retail shop, located in the heart of Bluffton Village.
The new Lowcountry Made store opened Nov. 21 inside the Juice Hive – a space gifted to Silva by Juice Hive owner Leslie Rohland.
“I’m hoping now that I have a shop it will serve as a hub (for artisans),” Silva said. “I hope to be able to host artist receptions, with featured artisans, so people will have a chance to meet the artists and see their work.”
Rohland said she wanted to not only help support a fellow woman entrepreneur, but provide a physical space for local artisans to showcase their unique local handcrafted products and support local artists and makers.
The shop is filled with all the best that Lowcountry Made makers have to offer, including fine art, artisan home goods and candles, local coffee and tea, handcrafted cards, and pet accessories. Future plans include workshops and private shopping events.
“The mission of Lowcountry Made is the success of its makers and I am thrilled to have this opportunity to expand Lowcountry Made into this shop, which will offer even more community interaction with these local brands,” Silva said.
Silva launched the first Bluffton Artisan Market in April as a drive-through, set up to create a safe, socially distant shopping experience, and was thrilled with the positive community response. “To be able to have grown to now have a physical shop for our makers to showcase their products enables us to truly support our local artisans, and we are so grateful that the Juice Hive has provided us with this wonderful space.”
“It was important for me to support another local woman entrepreneur and provide this space to Katie in helping her mission with Lowcountry Made,” Rohland said. “Just like the Juice Hive fuels the body, Lowcountry Made is going to fuel the spirit, and it truly is a perfect partnership.”
The shop will be open from Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
For more information about Lowcountry Made and a full listing of artisans and products, visit their website at lcmade.com or find them on Facebook.