Hoot Owl Creations Kicks Off 2016

Posted by Jason Lowrey on 23rd Mar 2016

The end of March is nearly here and so too is Hoot Owl Creations’ first show of 2016.

For the third year in a row we will be at the Northwest Georgia Women’s Expo on Saturday, March 26. Held at the Clarence Brown Conference Center in Cartersville, Georgia, the expo has been a great way to start a new year of arts and crafts shows. What makes 2016 particularly interesting for us is how the expo has changed.

The expo itself will be running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as it always has. However, it’s adding a new feature called the Artisans’ Market that will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. That’s where we’ll be.

Fourteen artists and crafters will be in the Stilesboro I, II, and III rooms, which are down a hall on the left side of the conference center. They’re just past the side doors to the main expo floor. It will provide a closer, more intimate venue for all the artists.

The Artisans’ Market is particularly exciting for us as the expo has never focused exclusively on handmade goods until now. For the two prior years Hoot Owl Creations had a booth on the main floor alongside many other businesses such as Harbin Clinic, Academy Sports, and others who focus primarily on services or in-home sales parties. Although there were a few more booths in 2015 than 2014 that focused on handmade items, we were definitely in the minority.

This time artists and crafters will be getting an entire room to ourselves. There’s so much potential for this that we can’t wait for March 26 to get here.

As in prior years there is an admission fee of $5, which gives visitors access to both the main expo floor and the Artisans’ Market. Parking is free and the conference center has it in abundance. Two food trucks will be there this year: Alisha’s Kitchen and King Kabob. We’ve had Alisha’s Kitchen before and they make up good barbecue. We’re interested in King Kabob and are planning on trying it this year.

We haven’t had a show since we did the Winter Art Market in Rome during the first weekend of December 2015. More than three months have gone by and while we’ve kept ourselves very busy making new pieces and replenishing what we’ve sold, we’re both itching to get out and start selling at shows again. It’s so much fun to meet new people, catch up with those we’ve met while on the road, and surprise people with what we make. Hoot Owl Creations is definitely a business for us, but it’s also about having fun.

With all that in mind, we hope to see you at the Northwest Georgia Women’s Expo. It’s going to be a great day!

Thanks for stopping by.