I had heard rumors for months that an Etsy-inspired store was coming to my neighborhood, and then I had the excellent fortune to bump into my friend Robin at the post office today. She said: "Have you heard? It's open!" And off I went. It's called Made, at 737 Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence, and was started by Etsy seller Jennifer (littlerory) when she realized that her favorites list had gotten so big that it was time to make a brick and mortar shop out of it. Everything is handmade -- a mixture of items from Etsy sellers (I recognized a few shops such as Uncommon and Tinder & Bloom) and local artisans.
Jennifer and Matt, the owners, are pure delights and let me wander around with my camera to my heart's content, and didn't even call me on the carpet when I jabbered their ears off 15 minutes past closing (I forgot it was Sunday and didn't realize my transgression until I got home). What an awesome and much needed addition to downtown Lawrence -- their store gives a whole new meaning to the Etsy concept "shop local."♥