ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) – With the extra time she has in her Spring 2020 quarantine, Concepcion Medina has decided to put extra effort into one of her passions.
“We were bored a lot like everyone else so we decided to go to real estate sales and I always liked doing it so we found a lot of unique things and we were like ‘let’s start doing it’, nothing wasn’t open so we decided in the garage to start making a bunch of stuff, ”said Medina.
Medina ended up creating Just Beachy Home + which recycles materials to make things like earrings, tables, necklaces, etc.
Now, she plans to open a physical store in September, having achieved financial success in local markets like the Rock Island Artists’ Market.
“If we hadn’t had vendor fairs, honestly we probably wouldn’t even have thought of opening a store,” Medina said.
Skeleton Key Art and Antiques owner Brandy Vandewalle said he created the monthly summer event seven years ago to allow artisans and businesses to interact with customers.
“We really like to find a way to connect local artists with clients from here in the area and sometimes it can be prohibitive in terms of cost or time, it all depends, a lot of them are newer artists. , younger artists, and up-coming artists who may have a day job or who may work multiple days a week and often these events are Friday, Saturday, Sunday, so it doesn’t really work in their schedule ” , said Vandewalle.
This year’s market was limited to two dates this year in June and August, the event normally runs from June to October.
Vandewalle sees the event getting better and better as we approach next year.
“What we hope we can do is maybe a few little road closures here and be able to have more room to spread out because we are really full of what we can handle on our land,” said Vandewalle, “Next year, with the possibility of expanding a bit, we can probably double the size of the market, I imagine.”
The August edition also offers some sentimental value, as Skeleton Key turned eight on August 29.
“I think every new business owner thinks their business is going to last forever, but the reality is that so many people don’t. To have been supported by the community to reach eight years old is just fantastic and amazing and we are so grateful. “said Vandewalle.
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