CULLMAN, Ala. – Warehouse 25, a new arts and crafts shop, has been open in the Warehouse District since February, but held their grand opening earlier this month, on April 9. They have various handmade crafts from different vendors. Each vendor has an area in the store to sell their merchandise. The store is the second business to be owned by Jason Nicklaus, his mother Ruth Nicklaus and sister Amy Hancock. Their first business is Southern Vinyl Source, which sells craft supplies like HTV, adhesive, acrylic and T-shirt blanks.
According to Jason, “This business kind of stemmed out of that one. Over there, we sell vinyl, t-shirt blanks, things to make custom apparel with, and we met a lot of people who made homemade stuff. So, when this building came open, we took it as a sign to try to give them a place to sell their stuff as well.”
Some of the vendors with booths in the store are JLH Creative Designs, Finny & Franks Boutique and Gifts, Vintage Re-creations and Dixie Belle Paint Company. Jason described the business as “Etsy for local people. You’ve got a variety of stores in one spot.”
In May, they will schedule classes to teach about how to make different handmade products including painted wooden signs, which they have already held one class for with the help of JLH Creative Designs. The Dixie Bell Chalk paint booth will have an open paint bar some days where customers can test the product. The schedule of the handmade craft classes will be posted on Warehouse 25’s Facebook page.
The vendor’s pay a monthly fee to rent out their space of the store and give a 10% commission to the owners. If a vendor does not wish to pay the monthly fee and only wants their product in store for a short time to test sales, they can give a greater percentage of commission. Jason said, “We try to make it where people can still make money, and that was the whole purpose of this. So, they could make a little bit and we could make a little bit too.”
Warehouse 25 still has some small vendor spaces available for anyone with unique homemade goods. The store is located at 111 B 1st St NE.
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