SHEPHERDSTOWN — Valentine’s Day shoppers congregated in downtown Shepherdstown over the weekend, to take a look at the two separate markets being held along German Street.
Five vendors were selling handcrafted goods in The Love Shack Market from Friday to Sunday at Evolve. The event was a success according to organizers Betty Shepherd and Steve Shepherd.
“We think Shepherstown’s magical. It’s just an awesome town!” Betty said, mentioning their business, Shepherds Blessings LLC, is based out of her family’s home on River Road. “We really like Evolve for our events. It’s a nice setting for showing our work, and the owners even advertise for us!”
Betty stated that the five-year-old company will soon move into its first brick and mortar location at 121 West German Street. She said she was pleased to see the positive turnout for the market, even though it was a different event than their last one in town.
“We changed up the vendors some, because Shepherdstown is a growing, thriving town,”Betty said. “[These markets] gave us the opportunity to try out what it was like to have a store in Shepherdstown!”
Farminique Gifts, owned and operated by Wendy Kline, an Inwood resident, was the only vendor that remained the same at both Evolve markets. While Shepherds Blessings sold handmade goats milk soap, organic teas and single-origin coffee, Kline’s business featured a variety of Valentine’s Day floral bouquets and gifts.
“The Valentine’s market has been busy, as far as people coming in today,”Kline mentioned that this is the first event where she has sold fresh flowers and not artificial flowers. “One day I hope to open up my own florist shop.”
A block down the street, being held in the War Memorial Building for the first time, was the Fifth Annual Shepherdstown Valentine’s Handmade Market on Saturday. Michelle Kwiatkowski (organizer) said that the new location led to an increase of sales compared to when it was held at the Town Run Tap House and Community Pub.
“It’s been good! I think that there’s been better sales than at our former location,”Kwiatkowski stated, mentioning the showThis was her second appearance at the WMB. The first was Dec. 2021. “We try to keep it fun! We had live music earlier in the day and door prizes from the vendors. At the door, each shopper automatically gets one ticket for the door prize raffle, and with each purchase, they get another one!”
Kwiatkowski stated that there were 35 vendors who sold on the market’s two floors. Kwiatkowski said that there were 35 vendors selling on the market, on both floors. Other vendors and Kwiatkowski also noted that the vendors were of all ages. These included the experienced artisan, a group of Shepherd University students, and the youngest two vendors who were 10 and 11.
“I think a decent number of people were shopping for themselves, not just for gifts. At Valentine’s Day shows, you really never know what people will want,”Donna Wallace, DreamSister Studio owner, was arranging some of her heart-shaped pottery. “I made heart magnets and hangings for Valentine’s Day. We didn’t sell as many as I expected of those. Instead, we sold more jewelry than anything else.”
Michal Labardea from Oakton, Va. purchases a heart filled lavender potpourri scents for her mother. Wendy Kline, Farminique Gifts’ owner, purchased the heart in The Love Shack on Saturday afternoon. Tabitha Johnston
Shoppers check out one of the window displays for The Love Shack, a Valentine’s Day market being held in Evolve over the weekend. Tabitha Johnston
Shoppers browse through the wares of vendors on the first floor of the War Memorial Building, during the Fifth Annual Shepherdstown Valentine’s Handmade Market Saturday afternoon. Tabitha Johnston
Rock Fusion Studio owner Tatyana Zidarov shows off some of her Valentine’s Day-themed work, which she crafted for shoppers at Saturday’s Fifth Annual Shepherdstown Valentine’s Handmade Market in the War Memorial Building. Tabitha Johnston
DreamSister Studio hand-made pottery hearts designer Donna Wallace, were some of the other Valentine’s Day-themed items on sale at the Fifth Annual Shepherdstown Valentine’s Handmade Market in the War Memorial Building on Saturday. Tabitha Johnston