Do you feel drained after a long week at work and need a space to recharge? Shawn Hicks, owner of The Crafters House in Hoover, Ala., created just the space for you. Hicks is devoted to helping each customer of The Crafters House leave refreshed, energized and recharged.
After more than 20 years as a successful commercial real estate agent, Hicks shares that the near constant traveling left her exhausted and stressed. In addition to her work demands, she was a single mother with two young children. “This was a lot. It was very hectic. As a result, I started crafting in my basement.” Some of the crafts Hicks particularly enjoyed during this time included woodworking and jewelry making. In August 2018, Hicks reassessed her career and decided to open a crafting studio.
Hicks found the perfect spot, with 4500 square feet of space, in Hoover located at 3417 Old Columbiana Road. Hicks reflects that her personal faith impacted her decision to open a crafting studio. “I saw a need in the community that matched my ability and so I created a place where people can recharge and enjoy their crafting hobby.” Hicks adds that crafting has many benefits including increased mindfulness, coordination and recovery.
Craft options abound at The Crafters House. Woodworking, painting, pottery, sewing, cooking and jewelry making are just a few of the crafts you can enjoy! Hicks shares that art beginners and professionals are welcome. You can also attend workshops led by local Birmingham artists. Hicks is looking forward to partnering with Birmingham artists through the workshops. “We have amazing artists here in Birmingham,” Hicks reflects. Space is also available to rent for individuals, groups or corporate events.
The Crafters House has a great studio for children to let their creativity and imaginations loose. The children’s space was designed with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) in mind. Children can play with wood kits, paint and 3D ink pens, coloring books, Legos and more.
The Grand Opening of The Crafters House is on August 9, 2019 beginning at 4p.m. All are welcome to come enjoy refreshments and create small crafts. Hicks encourages you to “imagine the possibilities and come create with us!” Learn more at www.thecraftershouse.com.
- Melissa Armstrong
Photos: Diana Johnson Photography