La Grange Craft Fair coming the weekend of July 15-17

Like the rest of the La Grange downtown retail local community, Tina Smith, manager of Cleo’s Boutique, 36 S. La Grange Highway, is bracing for one of the most important gatherings of the 12 months — the La Grange Craft Fair.

This year’s edition, the 48th, will be in its typical spot on Harris Avenue just west of La Grange Street and alternatively of the normal two-day function, it will run the whole weekend of July 15 by July 17.

Smith, an personnel of Cleo’s since it opened 40 a long time ago, reported that it was with good motive that the Craft Honest had been expanded an added day.

“We arrived at the breaking level in several years past through the Craft Fair,” she reported referring to enormous quantity of organization the retailer experienced finished with the extra guests and foot visitors resulting from the function.

Operate by Craft Truthful Productions, Inc., the Craft Reasonable has continuously been rated in the prime 200 craft fairs in the nation and will function far more than 175 craftspeople.

Guests can decide on offerings from qualified photographers, trend designers, sculptors, painters, jewelers — even parts of artwork generated by welders.

Chicago area artists will contain Brian Horan of My Eye on the Planet Photography, Michele Valenta of MYV Images, and Jamie Porter of AKP Innovative.

“It’s just a excellent occasion for the group,” Smith mentioned as she opened Cleo’s for organization Tuesday early morning. “Women occur from in all places to shop.”

In addition to the pieces of artwork to be experienced at the Craft Honest, website visitors can decide on up the new VIP Consumer Card at the Information and facts Booth to get particular offers and incentives at regional organizations like Blueberry Hill Restaurant (49 S. La Grange Rd.), Horton’s Home Lighting and Ace Hardware (60 S. La Grange Rd.), and Nonna’s Goodlife Pizza (42 S. La Grange Rd.).

The surge in business enterprise above the weekend brings a problem frequent to every single village staging a specific event — parking.

Nancy Cummings, government director of the La Grange Business enterprise Affiliation, said people could just take advantage of free of charge shuttle parking.

The shuttle will supply absolutely free parking at Lyon’s Township Significant College North Campus and no cost transportation to Cossitt Faculty, 115 W. Cossitt Ave.

“We urge persons to consider gain of the shuttle service,” Cummings reported.

The Arboretum Villas at Plymouth Position and Chiro Just one Wellness Middle are the celebration sponsors, along with assistance from the Village of La Grange.

“Paving the Way for the Future” is Plymouth Place’s theme for their to start with-time sponsorship.

In a nod to history, bricks painted by latest residents — which can be applied for doorstops or other decoration — will be on sale to remind guests of the operate staying finished on the 59 new villas getting produced for the lively above-62 crowd.

“These bricks are symbolic of the cottages that when stood guiding Plymouth Put and how we are now paving the way for the upcoming with Arboretum Villas,” read an e mail communication from Plymouth Location consultant Laura Eboli.

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Hank Beckman is a freelance reporter for Pioneer Push.