Local products to be featured year-round
Attention, Methow shoppers: The Valley Goods store opens year-round on the TwispWorks campus beginning Dec. 3.
Valley Goods started as a pop-up business during the annual Mistletoe Madness celebration at TwispWorks. The store featured art and goods made by local producers, and was a popular stop for holiday shoppers.
The store will be open through Dec. 24, take a short break and then reopen year-round after the holidays in January.
The permanent location for Valley Goods will be the space previously occupied by the Old Schoolhouse Brewery Taproom — which is moving into its new space on campus next month.
Sarah Prochnau, TwispWorks director of partnerships and marketing programs, will begin store set-up starting in October. “The new space has more flexibility and a beautiful outdoor space where people can relax, drink and eat,” Prochnau said.
The Valley Goods store is supported by the TwispWorks Methow Made program, a marketing program that supports local producers with brand recognition and promotion.
Vendors who supply the Valley Goods Store do not need to be members of Methow Made. The purpose of the store is to support and showcase Methow and Okanogan artists and producers in a retail space dedicated to locally made art and products.
Valley Goods is unique as a holiday shopping destination because the doors will be open seven days a week through Christmas Eve. Shoppers do not have to plan a visit around limited days, like bazaars. The daily hours will support a steady stream of visitors.
Prochnau envisions Valley Goods to be a destination shopping space for “all things local,” and to be used as a gathering place and information center for arts and culture in the heart of the creative district of Twisp.
“There will be an abundant stock of a variety of products by a consortium of producers,” Prochnau said. “The store will be staffed with a mix of local artists who have an understanding of place, people and art,” and who can share intimate knowledge of makers and place with visitors.
For more information about the Methow Made program or on how to become a Valley Goods vendor, contact Prochnau at sprochnau@TwispWorks.org, or call 997-3300.