Creative Differences crafts shop opens in Ligonier
By Cami Dibattista
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Creative Differences, a unique arts and crafts cafe that will offer many different types of creative options, opened recently at 111 N. Fairfield St.
“We're really excited,” said the shop's co-owner, Wanda Hill Sullivan. “This is going to be a very fun place to be.”
Equal parts craft center and intimate lunch cafe, the shop is owned by Sullivan, who resides in Ligonier, and her daughter, Jenny Goswick of Latrobe.
The women have shared a love of the arts for many years. Sullivan owned the Craft Loft in Ligonier years ago and said that her children grew up being in the shop with her.
“It was an amazing experience,” Goswick recalled. “I learned so much about work ethic, responsibility, the workings of the world and, most importantly, I learned the joy of creating.”
Both mother and daughter said they look forward to sharing the same type of experience with Goswick's young daughter, Letty Ray.
“Mom and I have been talking about reopening a shop forever. We've tweaked the idea and reworked it many times. We truly enjoy working with each other and missed being creative together. We both have different areas of interest when it comes to art, but we both enjoy the simple act of being creative.”
A variety of classes for both children and adults, such as glass fusing, beading, painting and crocheting, will be offered.
The women are open to suggestions for other types of classes and activities and offer a 15 percent discount to groups of five or more who want to come in as a group for an activity.
Together, they have some creative ideas for parties and projects. Goswick, an art teacher for Mt. Pleasant Area School District, plans to teach kid's art camps — the first of which is scheduled from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.
They hope to play host to birthday parties, art shows for students and unique ‘create your own' events such as bridal party events where participants can have lunch and work on wedding favors.
“We appeal to all talent levels,” Sullivan said. Projects can be customized to suit beginners to novice craftsmen.
With the ‘Take It or Make It' option, crafters can buy a project partially or entirely completed or they can choose a project or kit with all the materials and instructions to complete it on their own. Customers are welcome and encouraged to stay on-site to work on projects — where they can receive any assistance they may require — or just to get feedback from other crafters.
“They're offering a lot of opportunities for kids, families and seniors,” said customer Michaele Casteel of Pleasant Unity, who visited the shop on its opening day. “I look forward to taking some classes here.”
The cafe, separate from the crafting area, was added in response to customer demand.
“When we moved into the building, we were originally just thinking coffee and pastries, but people from the town were requesting a diner with real food options,” said Sullivan, who added that she and her daughter were happy to oblige.
Cafe hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and a variety of homemade lunch options, drinks and desserts will be available. Sullivan said there is a possibility of adding breakfast and/or dinner options at a later date.
Adding to the family dynamics of the cafe, Sullivan's sister, Laurie Keslar, will be running the kitchen.
“I plan to do a lot of experimenting and trying out new things for the menu,” Keslar said.
Sullivan said they will keep menu prices low in the hopes that people may visit several times a week for lunch.
To learn more about classes, visit the website at www.creativedifferencesonline.com or call 724-757-2943.
“I believe that Ligonier was in need of a unique place where people can gather and enjoy each others company, have a bit of food and be creative,” said Goswick. “I think our business is a perfect fit for the town and we look forward to working with the community.”
Cami DiBattista is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
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