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Craft show draws a crowd

Samantha Lewakowski • Aug 6, 2016 at 7:00 AM

The sweltering sun didn’t stop a big crowd from converging on the Coast Guard Festival Craft Show in Grand Haven’s Central Park on Friday.

A plethora of handmade goods ranging from recycled pop can art to salsa drew thousands of interested shoppers.

An 11-year-old girl from Grand Haven had her own tent set up, and business was thriving. Lannie Fox said she began hand-making dog collars and leashes about a year ago, and thus Dolled Up Doggy was born. 

“I started off with just collars,” she said, “while I was working with the Harbor Humane Society.”

Fox began with the nylon base of the collar and uses her sewing machine to add different patterns to give her products a unique look. 

“I have several online designs for sale, where I can do custom orders, and I have products in local stores,” she said. “Must Love Dogs and Swanky’s in Manistee carry them.”

The collars cost $20 and leashes are $25, with $1 of every sale going toward the Plymouth Great Dane Rescue non-profit organization.

University of Michigan graduate student Landria Christman’s trade is also a hand-sewn accessory, but for humans. The Sassy Olive makes and distributes head bands and wraps. 

“It all kind of started unexpectedly,” the 24-year-old explained. “I was hanging out with my grandma, who was recovering from surgery, and I just asked her to teach me how to sew because I wanted to make a few headbands for myself. Things just kind of spiraled from there and, all of the sudden, I had this business and was paying for grad school with it.”

Christman is originally from Allegan, but her shop is based in Ann Arbor where she attends U-M’s School of Public Health. She runs her business online and through craft fairs. 

The craft fair continues today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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