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in Arkansas Democratic Gazette

BENTONVILLE - When most people lose their job, about the last thing they think to do is open a creative, fun business. But Jeff and Gigi Crow aren't like most people. This week the doors to their new business, Crafty Cottage, opened.

Jeff was general manager of Continental Express at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport. His job ended last September when the contract ended. That was at the end of September, and the severance package carried the family of four for awhile. Jeff sent out almost 50 resumes but it's tough to find a job right now.

Around that time, Gigi felt strongly she should open a crafts store where people of all ages could create and paint and have lots of fun. She felt God was leading her.

"Crazy as the timing is in this downturned economy," Gigi said, "Jeff and I believe

Daily Record photograph by Sarah Nader Above, Jeff Crow, co-owner of the recently opened Crafty Cottage in Bentonville, painted a ceramic-bisque piece at the store. Crafty Cottage had its grand opening on March 1 and features painting, papermaking, sewing, pottery, crochet and knitting classes.

Crafty Cottage a new business all about fun

Date: 03/06/09

it's what is supposed to happen right now. Along with all the crafts, we want to have a fun place for teenagers to have fun and discuss what's on their minds. I would like to minister to them and let them know that with all the pressures to look a certain way or act a certain way, they're loved just as they are. We are Hebraic Christians. We're Christians learning about our Hebraic roots and we belong to Beth Messiah Messianic Fellowship in Springdale."

Located in a large, old home, which formerly housed B LaRue Gift Shop, Crafty Cottage is spacious and has plenty of supplies for ceramics, papermaking, scrap booking, sewing and machine embroidering, sculpting and even a potter's wheel. Wood burning and leather tooling will be part of the Crafty Cottage experience in a few weeks. Studio space and a party room, along with a classroom and a study, which is just a comfortable, cozy room, are available for rental by various groups at reasonable rates. All ministries are welcomed free of charge for use of the sitting room.

Open only a few days, there are already a few birthday parties and a bridal shower scheduled. First time visitors to the store are impressed by how much there is to do and everything needed is at their fingertips. There is a special spring break fun time planned for the last full week of March. There are Family Nights, Mommy and Me days, Kids Special times, Daddy and Kids afternoons. Date Night is the first Saturday of the month and Ladies Night is the second Saturday. Singles Night is the third Saturday and Guys Night Out is the fourth Saturday. Youth Blast is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. once each month.

"I want this to be a place people enjoy," Gigi explained. "Maybe they've always wanted to try a craft but haven't had the equipment or supplies. This is a wonderful place to try your skills at something new. We want everyone to feel happy here and enjoy themselves. I call it 'Crafty Cottage, where your imaginations become creations.' I look forward to showing people around here and helping them, if they need it. We have some wonderful volunteer helpers, too. It's all fun."

Hours at the Crafty Cottage are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Crafty Cottage is located at 225 S. Main St. in Bentonville. The telephone number is 479-273-1065 and their Web address is www.

E-mail at CraftyCottage09@gmail. com.