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Spotlight: The Humble Crate Artisan Marketplace

January 14, 2021

Spotlight: The Humble Crate Artisan Marketplace

As you approach the entrance of The Humble Crate Artisan Marketplace, you’ll see the sign: “Come in – We’re AWESOME!” And it’s true. You will be wowed by the sheer volume and amazing variety of handcrafted items. Even better, you will be greeted by the friendly, fun shopkeeper, Janis Francis, who developed the idea of this terrific shop.

The Humble Crate
What a great way to welcome customers!

Janis served as the Pickerington Village Association Farmers Market Manager for four years. She feels that Humble Crate is simply an extension of that experience. At the Farmers Market, she worked with a multitude of vendors who made unique and high-quality handmade items. She soon realized that they needed a permanent year-round market for their goods. Janis found a great location in charming Olde Pickerington Village, and she opened for business on November 25, 2019.

Olde Pickerington Village sign
Olde Pickerington Village is the perfect spot for this shop!

The Humble Crate Artisan Marketplace is a shopper’s paradise! Everywhere you look, you’ll see an amazing, handcrafted product that you simply cannot find in your local big box store. From tasty treats to clothing to home furnishings, you’re sure to find something that you can’t live without.

While we’ve all come to realize how important it is to shop local, Janis states the case in a different way. “When you shop local with us, you’re supporting not only myself as the shop owner, you are supporting 65 local vendors. They could be your neighbors or your coworkers.” She explains that although some people do this to supplement their incomes, others use it as the main method of supporting themselves and their families. Shopping local at The Humble Crate Artisan Marketplace means that you are supporting dozens of Ohio families.

A display inside The Humble Crate.
A vendor restocks the shelves.

Janis happily greets and chats with every customer. If she doesn’t already know them, she’ll ask if they’ve shopped there before and help them find what they’re looking for. “More times than not, customers know each other and will catch up while shopping,” Janis explained. “When customers come into the shop, they feel a true sense of community.” Janis makes sure to always have upbeat music playing, and she often hears her customers humming or singing along. Shopping at Humble Crate Artisan Marketplace is a comfortable, fun experience. You can relax, enjoy your visit, find amazing handmade items, and support local vendors. Stop by sometime and discover why their tagline is: “A most unique shopping experience.”

Shop owner Janis Francis inside The Humble Crate in Pickerington.
Meet Janis at The Humble Crate Artisan Marketplace!

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