The new Made in Mapleton Pop Up Shop officially opened on July 5.
The downtown Drayton store, which has been in operation since June 28, sells locally-crafted items, baking, produce and other unique offerings on a consignment basis.
“We’re really excited to open the doors of Made in Mapleton. It’s a gift boutique that will help showcase all the local talent … we have some great artisans. Also we have some great businesses far and wide throughout Mapleton … We have some great publishers and artists. I’m sure we’ll see more come through the door,” said Mapleton economic development coordinator Trish Wake at the opening.
“Thanks to staff like our CAO and Trish for getting this great idea brought to reality … it’s great to see it here,” said Mayor Neil Driscoll.
Perth-Wellington MP John Nater was also on hand for the event.
“I just want to congratulate everyone involved in this great initiative to showcase local artisans, local businesses, local people who do such great work, I even saw some local food in there,” said Nater.
“This is a great economic development opportunity. Here in our rural communities there’s a lot of challenges. There’s also a lot of things we can highlight and this is one of the opportunities to highlight some of the positives that we have here in Mapleton and Wellington County,” the MP added.
The store will operate about 45 hours per week, Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 8pm, through the summer. The venture, a collaboration with the Mapleton Chamber of Commerce is a pilot project designed to cover costs and will be reviewed to ensure viability.