Impact of Calico Arts and Crafts Festival on Moultrie, small business owners

MOULTRIE, Ga. (WALB) – The Calico Arts and Crafts Pageant was a success above the weekend, significantly like years earlier, bringing in approximately 6,000 visitors and sellers to Moultrie more than the weekend.

From candles to t-shirts, jewelry, and art — there’s a little something for everyone at the Calico Arts and Crafts Pageant. Laura Mathis begun her small business, Melton Candle Enterprise, 7 yrs ago, and has been a repeated vendor at the competition.

“I assume a single point that’s quite essential in business enterprise is you have to know how to pivot and then usually be persistent. And the past detail is perseverance. So perseverance is often crucial in company,” Mathis stated.

The pageant expects just about 6,000 folks from all more than for its spring show. Out of 300 vendors, quite a few say it is their 1st time, and some have expanded exterior of Moultrie.

Laura Franklin Cooke, of Statesboro, GA, and very first-time seller, believes setting up a rapport with customers is why her business enterprise is flourishing even though some others also see this as a ideal prospect to community.

“All of our suggestions occur from buyer ideas, and so we are certainly preparing to grow. So we just moved our facility to a bigger area so that we can expand,” Franklin Cooke, operator of H.L. Franklin’s Honey, claimed.

“It’s just the conversation and the friendliness of most people in the atmosphere. And not only to share all of our superb stuff with everybody else from out of state or in town. Our patterns, and we just really like meeting new individuals and acquiring to know everybody,” Ashley Parrish, basic manager of Jessi July, claimed.

Thanks in section to the festival, celebration coordinators have witnessed not only the progress of small corporations but the town alone.

“It’s good to have them in city simply because they are coming, and they are exhibiting with us. But then they also go to our downtown area to store at our local businesses and eat at our local restaurants. So we are truly enthusiastic to have people today from all about with us this weekend,” Olivia Griffin, Calico coordinator, reported.

The next present will be in the Fall on Nov. 9 and 10.

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