FRANKFORT, Ky. — Ten new specialty retail shops have been added to the list of official Kentucky Crafted Retailers, a program of the Kentucky Arts Council.

A total of 28 retail businesses are in the program. Twenty-four are in Kentucky, two in Ohio and one each in Indiana and Illinois. The businesses must meet certain benchmarks to qualify for the designation, which relates to selling items created by artists in the Kentucky Crafted Program.

"The Kentucky Crafted Retailer Program started last year and we have received great response from business owners in Kentucky and surrounding states who understand work created by Kentucky's artists and craftspeople are of high value to consumers," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "Retailers in the program are unique and profitable small businesses dedicated to providing quality items for their customers."

Retailers were required to meet the following criteria to receive designation:

  • Provide proof of wholesale purchases totaling a minimum of $1,300 at Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2013 or Buyers Market of American Craft; or have placed orders before March 31, 2013, as a result of attending The Market.
  • Provide proof of orders with at least three different Kentucky Crafted artists.
  • Operate a retail venue open to the public, or be a Kentucky Crafted artist operating a store or gallery with regular store hours.

The new Kentucky Crafted Retailers are:

The full list of retailers, with hours, locations and a list of Kentucky Crafted artists whose work can be found in each store, is available on the arts council's website.

For more information about becoming a Kentucky Crafted Retailer, contact Ed Lawrence at ed.lawrence@ky.gov.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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