> Out and About: Kate Gardiner, owner of Fair Street Crafts

Out and About: Kate Gardiner, owner of Fair Street Crafts

Out and About: Kate Gardiner, owner of Fair Street Crafts
Interview by Tracy Rotkiewicz
Photo by Michael Taylor

Kate Gardiner is the co-owner of Fair Street Crafts, which she started with her husband, Jim. The Gardiners originally came from Maine. Due to Jim's job as IT at Berkshire Blanket in Ware, MA, a move was necessary. They chose Springfield as their new home, but soon went back to Maine. Only, Berkshire Blanket did not want Jim to quit. So, the Gardiners once again headed to southern New England.

In October 2013 the couple had discovered the website marketplace Etsy, where they wanted to try their hand at selling handcrafted burlap table runners. Kate was skeptical of the whole online selling venture, but it did take off and proved profitable as she states, "Burlap is very popular." She stuck with it for a couple of years. Kate says, "So naturally the next big step was going to be a storefront." Jim found the building at 55 Poquonock Ave. "We just thought it fit the character of our shop. An older, rustic kind of building." The location seemed to fit their needs as the couple had moved to Somers, CT., in July 2015. They opened the shop in May of 2017. Kate had worked the Etsy shop full-time, until the grand opening of their physical store, Fair Street Crafts.

Getting the shop off the ground has proved challenging, as with any start-up business. Kate says that a lot of the marketing is word of mouth. There isn't too much foot traffic in the area. During the holidays though, it gets busy. "The people who have come in are really great. They've really loved the shop. They've been very welcoming." Along with Kate's crafts, she wanted to showcase other crafter's wares from the Etsy community. All of the items are American made. Competing with the big craft retailers doesn't deter some customers when it comes to Fair Street Crafts though. Kate further goes on to say; "I think it makes them feel good when they're buying something local and unique." She explains about her own feelings when she first started selling her own wares online. "I know that it was pretty exciting for me when I started making stuff and people were buying it. Suddenly, I'm sending stuff to Dubai and Australia. It's cool to think your table runner, that you made with your hands is somewhere in Japan or wherever." Fair Street deals in selling a lot of home decor that can only be described as farmhouse
style or shabby chic.

Kate and Jim found Windsor to be very quaint. It's a small town, but big enough. They take advantage of a few various businesses. Fair Street Crafts is a member of the Chamber of Commerce as well. As cat owners, the Gardiners have used the services of Happy Cat Hotel for their feline family. Kate loves going to Get Baked for their gluten-free fare as she
notably answers, "I have a huge sweet tooth."

On her off time, Kate likes to read, loves to watch birds, learning how to crochet. Three words that describe Kate: Family, creative, cozy.

Photo by Mike Taylor


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Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Jan 21 at Windsor Town Hall Council Chambers
Learn to Crochet
Jan 22 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 23 at Windsor Public Library
Middle School Open House
Jan 23 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave. Windsor, CT 06095
Networking with South Windsor
Jan 23 at Pete's CARSTAR, 459 John Fitch Blvd (rt 5), South Windsor
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Jan 23 at Windsor High School J113
Taco Bar Thursdays
Jan 24 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 24 at Windsor Senior Center
All Day Happy Hour Fridays
Jan 25 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Book Babies
Jan 25 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Jan 25 at Clover Family Resource Center
Meet the Executive Director!
Jan 25 at Chamber office, 261 Broad St, Windsor CT 06095
Tai Chi for Beginners--55 & Older
Jan 25 at Windsor Senior Center
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First Windsor FTC Qualifier
Jan 26 at Windsor high school gym
Prime Rib Buffet
Jan 26 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Downton Abbey Inspired Tea
Jan 27 at Windsor Public Library
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Anime/Manga Club
Last Mondays of the month at The Windsor Public Library, 323 Broad Street, Windsor CT 06095
Monday Morning Book Club
Jan 28 at Windsor Public Library
Tai Chi Intermed & Advanced-Seniors
Jan 28 at Windsor Senior Center
Learn to Crochet
Jan 29 at Windsor Public Library
Oscar Nominee Series
Jan 29 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 30 at Windsor Public Library
Taco Bar Thursdays
Jan 31 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 31 at Windsor Senior Center
Book Babies
Feb 1 at Windsor Public Library
Comedy Club hosted by WJWC
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Free Playgroup
Feb 1 at Clover Family Resource Center
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Learn to Crochet
Feb 5 at Windsor Public Library
Oscar Nominee Series
Feb 5 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
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Feb 7 at Windsor Senior Center
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Feb 8 at Clover Family Resource Center
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The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
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Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
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Feb 11 at Windsor Public Library
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Learn to Crochet
Feb 12 at Windsor Public Library
Oscar Nominee Series
Feb 12 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
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Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 13 at Windsor Public Library
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Feb 13 at Spare Time
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Yoga--55 & Older
Feb 14 at Windsor Senior Center
Book Babies
Feb 15 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Feb 15 at Clover Family Resource Center
Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop
Feb 16 at Windsor Public Library
The Windsor Feud
Feb 16 at Windsor Town Hall
Open Skate at Loomis Ice Rink
Select Sundays at Loomis Chaffee Ice rink
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Jan's Sewing Hour
Feb 19 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Feb 19 at Windsor Public Library
Oscar Nominee Series
Feb 19 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Junior Woman's Club Meeting
Feb 19 at Union Street Tavern in Windsor Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 20 at Windsor Public Library
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Feb 20 at Windsor Senior Center
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Little Picassos
Feb 21 at Windsor Public Library
Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop
Feb 21 at Windsor Public Library
Yoga--55 & Older
Feb 21 at Windsor Senior Center
Book Babies
Feb 22 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Feb 22 at Clover Family Resource Center
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Feb 23 at House of Books and Games
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Anime/Manga Club
Last Mondays of the month at The Windsor Public Library, 323 Broad Street, Windsor CT 06095
Monday Morning Book Club
Feb 25 at Windsor Public Library
Gut Health
Feb 26 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Feb 26 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 27 at Windsor Public Library
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Feb 27 at Windsor High School J113
Yoga--55 & Older
Feb 28 at Windsor Senior Center
Book Babies
Mar 1 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Mar 1 at Clover Family Resource Center
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Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
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Learn to Crochet
Mar 5 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 6 at Windsor Public Library
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Mar 6 at Windsor Senior Center
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
Little Picassos
Mar 7 at Windsor Public Library
Book Babies
Mar 8 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Mar 8 at Clover Family Resource Center
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 8 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
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The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Cut the Cord
Mar 11 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Mar 12 at Windsor Public Library
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Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
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Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 13 at Windsor Public Library
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Book Babies
Mar 15 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Mar 15 at Clover Family Resource Center
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 15 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
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The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Jan's Sewing Hour
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Learn to Crochet
Mar 19 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Junior Woman's Club Meeting
Mar 19 at Union Street Tavern in Windsor Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 20 at Windsor Public Library
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Mar 20 at Windsor Senior Center
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Little Picassos
Mar 21 at Windsor Public Library
Memory Savers
Mar 21 at Windsor Public Library
Book Babies
Mar 22 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Mar 22 at Clover Family Resource Center
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 22 at Windsor High School Cafeteria