Three Craft Chicks celebrate National Scrapbooking Day
Stephanie Zappore works on the scrapbook she is making for her family.
On Highway 2, one mile east of Fairchild Air Force Base, there is a small metal sign that points to a pink house called "the Coop."
The Coop is the main building of 3 Craft Chicks, a craft shop owned by Michelle Craft. In the front is a rack filled with handmade cards, herbal soaps and Dandles Candles. In the next room is where she hosts card making and scrapbooking classes 2-5 times a week.
Craft, who has been scrapbooking for several years, began her business a year ago because she thought there was a need to have a crafts and antiques shop close to the base. Next to the Coop is a smaller structure that looks like an espresso stand, known as the Nesting Box where customers can browse the different antiques.
Craft decided to start her card making classes to bring in additional business to the shop.
"I originally thought I would just hold a class once a month in order to help get the business going, but that (the classes) ended up taking off," Craft said.
Craft said her customers requested card-making classes, which cost $20, every Tuesday night. Customers who bring a friend get a $5 discount.
In addition to her classes, she hosts gatherings and different clubs. In celebration of National Scrapbooking Day, May 3, customers made a collective photo album in the shape of a camera.
"All of these gals meet for the first time and make lots of new friends and meet wonderful people this way," Craft said. "But what they really like is when they come here, they leave with a finished project. It doesn't go home and sit on a shelf."
Michelle Craft, owner of 3 Craft Chicks, browses through paper in preparation for the National Scrapbooking Day event held in the Coop.
Craft also holds Chickadee craft classes for kids. She said she has had men who came to look to the antiques and create gifts for their wives.
Craft recently started hosting classes at Studio D in Medical Lake. Stephanie Zappore was one of the women who came to the May 3 event after a friend brought her to one of Craft's classes.
"It's fun getting together with the girls and sharing ideas with each other," Zappore said.
Besides growing some of the clubs, Craft said she is going to start a punch card system for card making classes. She eventually would like to have customers hold more parties at the Coop.
"I hosted a bridal shower where everyone made a page for a book and that was their gift for the bride," Craft said.
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