How did you become interested in Artique?
For years I knitted for family members and my children and grandchildren. My sweaters were often gifts at baby showers or given as donations. I donated many to breast cancer charity events through Pam Greene of Pam’s Pub (Also located in Plaza 8 of Clifton Park). It was Pam that suggested I sell at Artique.
What is the talent or skill that people might be surprised to know about you?
I enjoy writing and contributed to many articles and held interviews for our church newsletter, many of which were in poetry form. With pastoral changes and finance, the newsletter has been discontinued, but my poetry is still a good way to express myself.
What is unique about your products?
My baby sweaters and hats are all hand-made and I try to vary styles, color coordinate and price reasonably. My business is named after my mother Alice, as a tribute to her. When I joined Artique, I had an old-fashioned “look” with her tea cart, etc. but now I’m more up to date.
I was raised in Albany and loved living in the city. In the 50’s, it was a great place to be. I used to be active in shows in high school and minstrel shows (in a chorus). I worked at the VA hospital for ten years in Albany, before raising my family. After retirement from Beshoy Hubbard apartments as Director, I worked in downtown Albany for two lawyers.
I’m proud to tell everybody about Artique and promote our unique store to new customers. Personally, I’ve made many new friends and enjoy shopping in their booths. Elizabeth and Angela encourage and support us, suggesting new ideas. And the personal feelings and concern they show help make it a very sociable spot to sell my wares!
If you won the lottery today, what would you do?
1.) Set the money aside for my grandsons (after getting over the initial shock)
2.) Pay my credit cards and invest some for a rainy day
3.) Donate to a children’s hospital and other medical groups in gratitude for my recent hospitalization after a cardiac arrest.
What are 3 things you couldn’t live without?
- My husband, children, and grandchildren
- My faith
- My friends