Shaker Woods Shakerwoods Festival Columbiana, Ohio
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PIKE: CHALK IT UP TO HARD WORK

Gary’s wife, Brenda, started in the craft show business making stain glass 28 years ago. While at a show, the Howell, Michigan residents saw someone selling chalk boards that were poorly made. The couple decided to give it a try.

They started small and grew their business by adding designs and patterns that feature kid-friendly characters, numbers and the alphabet on chalk boards.

Their initial patterns included an airplane, bunny, dinosaur, train and a ballerina. Since then, they have added designs based on customer requests. Newer patterns are of a kitty on roller skates, a fairy, princess, pony, fire truck and monster truck, as well as a sports theme.

At craft shows, Brenda personalizes each chalk board with the child’s name. Even with 14 patterns, she and Gary are always open to new designs. This is the first year Playtime with Kids will exhibit at Shaker Woods.

Their three daughters have grown up in the craft show business and have helped sell the chalkboards at various shows throughout the U.S. Their grandchildren are now coming to the shows. The couple’s youngest daughter, Melissa, is in training to take over the business when they retire. Come visit Gary in booth 44.

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