MEET OUR ARTISANS
are you looking for one-of-a-kind, handmade products? then, you landed at the right spot! you won't find these brands in every department store or every boutique in town. our exclusive artisans create their unique wares in their private studios and bring them to local artisan markets and the create&co shop for your shopping pleasure. peruse our brands online by category or by shop. you can order your favorites for local delivery or shipping or better yet, visit our cute shop on the square in linglestown, pa, just east of harrisburg. by the way, yes, many of our artisans do custom orders, so just visit our contact information below to inquire!!!
SWEET VICTORIA'S RELOVED
Vintage furniture reloved into treasured family heirlooms is my passion. The best part is knowing I've brought new life to unloved pieces and saved them from the attic or trash. Upcycling home decor items keeps my brand current and allows me to add a creative touch to items people have donated or I've picked from the Central PA antique markets and sales. As a retired teacher, I enjoy sharing these experiences with anyone willing to join me in the studio. I'm lovingly known as "the lady who will paint you if you stand still long enough". Custom reloving is available by contacting the create&co shop or visiting in person!
MarKat Knit & Crochet
Katrina and her family bring years of sewing, knitting and crocheting experience to their creative products. Year round apparel and accessories are made from a variety of high quality yearns and upcycled treasures. Katrina, Marie and Bonalea bring their talents from rural Central PA to add to your fashion. They use a variety of yarns from wool, to acrylic with an eye towards more eco-friendly and sustainable living. To continue that theme, upcycling or repurposing fabrics adds many one-of-a-kind statement fashions to your wardrobe so you can walk out in your own unique style.
Sea Art by LALI
Laurie combines her love of the beach with her innate ability to create on a variety of mediums. From her acrylic pours to mandala dotting, she adorns everyday items with her creative twist. Visit her shop or view her products in our
create&co shop today!
My name is Natalie and I am the creator and maker of KimmyBears. KimmyBears©® began with the death of my wife, February 14, 2019. I took some of her clothing, favorites of mine, and created MemoryBears so that I would have a tangible remembrance. I offered the bears to her office coworkers and to the facility where we took chemo and they both accepted them. They said that her energy and her spirit lived in those clothes. After a while, and because I loved the bear itself, I started to make more bears from new fabric as well as the MemoryBears. The name, KimmyBear©®, was given to me by a friend as we worked in the kitchen of my synagogue. She said that the bears are in memory of my Kim and I loved that idea …. And KimmyBear©® was born! I make KimmyBears©® from new fabric in two sizes. Periodically, I am commissioned to create a MemoryBear from articles of clothing belonging to someone dear who has died. Orders may be taken at the create&co shop in Linglestown, PA or online at createandco.shop. Please contact the shop to make arrangements or if you have questions for your future KimmyBear!
Nicole Simmons Art
Nicole Simmons is an artist based in Harrisburg, PA who loves to paint portraits, abstracts, and non-objective art. She works with mostly acrylics, but also dabbles with oils. Her paintings are expressions of what she is feeling in any given moment and are often filled with bright color. In addition to selling her artwork, which comes in a variety of sizes and types, she also sells stationery and notebooks that feature her artwork.When she’s not creating, you’ll find her doting on her two cats, Sylvester and Tibbers, reading a good book, or hiking with her husband.
Sewing has always been part of my life. Growing up, my mom was a tailor, and I was able to learn and pick up her sewing skills. In the Spring of 2019, I decided to turn my hobby into a business. I still work my 9-5 in the corporate world, but it is very exciting to work on my brand when I’m not in the office. Starting this business has allowed me to be introduced so many creative people, which has inspired me very much. Hopefully, someday I will make this my full-time gig. Sunshine Frankie was established in 2019 in the US chocolate town of Hershey, Pennsylvania by a summer loving' bird, Daphne. With my love for accessories and fashion, and my creative flair, I decided to put together a creative summer accessories brand. I loved the idea of silk scarves because of the fun, colorful designs possible and the fact that there are so many ways to wear and style them. It just gives an essence of pure luxury! With that, I decided to create a silk line with a difference; fun, colorful, bright designs at a more respectable price than what is perhaps thought of when thinking of silk. Other than scarves, I also make silk scrunches and headbands!
Free and Thriving
Dorothy is the creator of Free and Thriving. She is a mother to seven kids, and grandmother to 6 grandchildren. Inspired by a love for plants and gardening, and out of a health necessity, Dorothy took the plunge to research, experiment, and create products that used wholesome, all-natural ingredients.
Free and Thriving products are free from chemicals, and use wholesome, all-natural products, which allow your body to thrive with health. The oils, butters, and essential oils in the products come from plants, which have many healing and medicinal properties. Free and Thriving creates personal care, bath, beauty, and medicinal aid products.
Chic & Centsible
I am a local interior designer with over a decade of hands-on experience working on residential projects to hotels across the US. I specialize in low-budget/high-style designs for something as little as a room refresh to starting from scratch. As a self-taught crafter, I also make home decor in a variety of styles and expertise. Just ask me, I can make it! My portfolio includes wood signs, acrylic paintings, floral design, macrame, fashion accessories, clothing, seamstress, wall decor, and home accessories.
Continuing an art that has been a part of the lives of the creative women in my family, I create delicate, handmade jewelry and accessories using the fiber art of crochet and elements of Romanian Point Lace. I find warmth and solace in using my hands to manipulate thread into something unique and beautiful. I incorporate my own hand-dyed threads to create different color combinations to express moods and thoughts in a simpler way. I want my creations to serve others in the individual and confident expression of themselves.
Phannie's boozy jams
Our very brand, my heart and soul starts with "shop Local". Many people ask what this abbreviation means, that's easy. Shop local means to source locally, enjoy the gifts of mother earth with organic and fresh ingredients and to gracefully pass on my grandmother's philosophy as she taught me growing up. I will always cherish those hot wonderful days where the women in our community would spend the day picking blueberries, strawberries, apples etc. then go back to her tiny kitchen and can for days. It was such a special time and shaped who I am and my principles that I instilled into my kids to pass on to their kids.
Mary Ann W
Coco's Confections is a family run company that puts their customers first. We began in 2012, and being family run, we are able to offer individual attention to our customer's orders. Using only the finest chocolates, we offer home-made and hand dipped truffles, fudge, barks, caramels, and items such as pretzels, meltaways, marshmallows, and turtles. We also offer many chocolate-covered treats such as nuts, pretzels, and real Double Stuffed Oreos. We are dedicated to not only making quality delicious chocolates, but we are also focused on the safety of our products. We offer delicious Gluten Free and Peanut Butter Free products. Please contact us for a list of these. Any and all special occasions are perfect for our custom chocolate truffles and treats. Life is too short not to eat great chocolate!
Sandy Calderone Sculptural Artwear Jewelry & Accessories of original designs and fabrications are created by PA artist Sandy Calderone. Neckwear and rings are made using natural stones and silver, copper, brass and/or bronze. The stones dictate the design with their color, form and general aesthetic. Once the design is decided, each piece is torch fired one design element at a time, building the design. Often a kiln is used to fabricate components. Bracelets are of metal, leather or suede with or without stones. Earrings are crafted of handcut and textured metal, natural stones, leather or suede. Stones are sourced mainly from the USA and Jaipur, India as well as various other European countries. Sandy has her Associates Degree in Web Design from Harrisburg Area Community College and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Sandy has a Bachelor of Fine Art from Kuztown University where she focused on Drawing Studios and Black and White Photography. Sandy is a member of the American Craft Council and the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. All of Sandy’s sculpture wear may be viewed on her website stellascloset.com
Jack and Joan
Jack and Joan's Kettle Corn
Jack & Joan's Kettlecorn was started about 10 years ago as a hobby business. We participate mainly in festivals, fairs and farmer's markets. Our sweet & salty popcorn is made fresh at these events and hand-popped in a large kettle. This popular treat is made with just 4 ingredients: corn, oil, salt and sugar. Fun fact: you can freeze kettlecorn in the bag for a few months to keep it from going stale.
The Groff Family
Founded in 2008, the Lancaster Stroopie Company has two main goals. One is to make delicious cookies. The other is to make a difference in the lives of refugee women and their families as they make a fresh start in the United States. “It can be kind of lonely when you’re in a new place,” Groff says. “And even though the women are from all different parts of the world, there’s just this community that’s developed at work, which is really, really beautiful.”
Stroopies are a Lancaster-made Dutch stroopwafel, pressed in a waffle iron using local ingredients from companies committed to social responsibility. Two cinnamon waffles sandwich a layer of homemade caramel making a delicious cookie that is just the right size to rewarm on top of your favorite mug over a hot beverage. Stroopies are also the perfect compliment to ice cream!With options including everything from gluten-free and honey-infused, to a variety of decadent flavors dipped in locally-made Wilbur Chocolate, there is something for everyone to love.
I spent much of my youth with my mouth full of soap (when I swore… a lot), or full of Whoopie Pies. I was a nonstop taste tester in search of the world’s best Whoopie Pie – one that you have no qualms yanking right out of someone’s hand, while looking them straight in the eye and offering up NO apologies. Trust me, friends, not all Whoopies are created equal…A gazillion calories and anticlimactic endings later, I can say with confidence that my very own, Tico’s, are – without question – the best! Every day, my grandma “Tico” used “Why Not!” as her motto. She squeezed each drop out of the lemons in her life! “WHOOPIE!” Should have been her middle name! At least her brand of crazy was this side of legal, and we now use it as our daily inspiration. What in the world is a Tico? To this day, I still don’t know… My special needs brother Jimmy came up with the nickname as a child, and hot damn, it stuck! The ovens at Tico’s Family Bakery went on in 1939, when bread was 7 cents a loaf, gas was 10 cents a gallon, and Batman first appeared in comics. Her local gathering spot was known for its addictive, monstrous Whoopie Pies, cinnamon twists, and breads. In this “everyone knows your name” town in Western Pennsylvania, World War II called the men away, and my mom left school early to roll up her sleeves and pitch in at the bakery. Luckily, mom inherited Tico’s handwritten recipe cards – and I have them today!
Pure Wild Tea
Pure Wild Tea is a company that takes traditions of yesterday and preserves them in a bottle. When you drink a bottle of Pure Wild Tea’s meadow mint tea, it will remind you of “HOME,” sitting in your grandmother’s kitchen on a hot summer’s day being served mint tea the way grandma always made it. I grew up as a fifth generation child drinking meadow mint tea. I remember as a child my mother would give me a basket and scissors to hunt the wild tea along the creeks, in the meadows, and in the woods. My mother would boil water and steep the wild mint tea leaves, add sugar, and let it cool. She would serve this drink to guests when they would visit and also serve it cold in the hot hay fields.This delicious, thirst quenching, refreshing mint tea drink was commonly made by many people and served the same way. But, as time went on, only a few were able to preserve this tradition. In many ways, the old ways of learning how to keep some of our tried-and-true traditions were lost in the fast-paced world of convenience we live in. After losing my mother to cancer at the young age of 48, I decided to preserve as many of the family traditions she taught me and pass them onto my children. My mission was to keep these treasured traditions of cooking from scratch common, so they wouldn’t be lost so easily. These traditions kept the memory of my mother alive and it also taught my children what their grandmother did. The passion I had to teach my children about their grandmother led me on this amazing journey called “Pure Wild Tea.”
Reading soda Works
Our Soda Same taste. New times. At Reading Soda Works, we produce 17 delicious flavors that are still packaged in glass bottles and have a true “old-fashioned” feel combined with a Pennsylvania Dutch taste that many appreciate and love. Handcrafting soda since 1921, the business has continued without interruption and has maintained its original location. All of our sodas are caffeine and gluten free. A tasty beverage for any occasion, Reading DRaft soda varieties can be found in 12 oz. bottles, pre-mix 5 gallon kegs, and fountain style Bag-in-Box tap setups.
Our Process Good in. Good out. In addition to using pure cane sugar and natural ingredients, our sodas are triple filtered and undergo a slow carbonation process before bottling. Unlike many large soda manufacturers that flash carbonate, Reading Draft sodas contain pinpoint carbonation that is absorbed slowly and persists longer, leading way to smaller bubbles that give a smoother mouth feel and more pleasant taste. Reading Draft is one of the few sodas on the market that employs this carbonation technique. The flavors in our sodas really get to shine and aren’t buried underneath excessive carbonation. When you sip our products, you can comfortably gloat without the bloat!
SIGNS BY STEVE
Signs by Steve started as a hobby over the past few years but it took on a whole new meaning during the pandemic.
After spending 30 years in the fast-paced Business Equipment industry, I finally had the time to devote to myself and realized how much I missed working with my hands and woodworking.
My craft became a silver lining.
I had always loved taking pallets or scrap wood and turning it into something special. My Father, who i also lost in 2020, was a hard-working carpenter. I grew up watching and learning from him in my early years in New York.
During the pandemic, I did a lot of research (including lots of soul searching) and watched many how-to videos on woodworking projects including flags, welcome signs, and desks.
I then set up a small workshop in my garage and got to work. As time passed, I gained more experience and positive feedback from family and friends, who i made various custom flags, signs, desks, iPad and telephone stands for. Before i knew it curious neighbors passing by were requesting custom projects of their own too. Now I have a brand that allows me to share my creative side and connect with others ....and my past to my present.
Signs by Steve is my brand, my silver lining.
MORNING GLORY GLASS DEN
My name is Sharon Semic. I’ve had a career as a Registered Nurse for twenty years and a Psychotherapist for thirty one years. I am now retired and find myself in a perfect time of life to enjoy my gift of stained glass creation with abandon. I have always loved artistic creation in almost every form during my life. For the last twelve years my joy has centered on the art of stained glass.
David & Renee W
IT'S DAVID AND RENEE
"David and Renee Wilson, the owners and artists behind 'It's David and Renee,' are a local couple located in New Cumberland, PA. Their business focuses on creative pyrography and woodworking, while dabbling in some digital art."
My name is Michelle, I am the owner of Lunar Crochet, and I have always had a passion for creating products by hand. Crocheting interests me because of its unlimited opportunities to customize your work and be original. I turn what is trendy into crochet versions, and create each product into something that brings people satisfaction. As a student, I am encouraged to embrace who I aspire to be, and I express my love for being creative through the art of crochet.
INSIDE MY HEAD
The pieces I design combine two of my favorite things, crafting and books! I have always been creative “inside my head”. As a former Reading Specialist, literature has always had a special place in my heart. The books I use have been enjoyed as themselves and now can be enjoyed as visual art pieces.
Sara & Her Team
SWEET VELVET MACARONS
Sara and her bakery team run the sweet velvet macarons bakery in palmyra, just a short drive from our create&co shop. Macaron lovers drive from all around central pa to taste her everchanging menu of unique parisian flavors to delight your tongue and senses. We are so happy to provide the linglestown/harrisburg area with a curated selection of her treats in our parisian pantry. You are welcome to try just one, but you can order any quantity for future events. call the create&co shop to order yours today or better yet, stop in and good luck picking your favorite macaron flavor!