Molly Allen and Amy Clingan were strangers when they both attended the Farmers of Amador dinner almost three years ago.
“We sat down at the same table,” Allen said.
“And started talking crafts,” Clingan added.
“We had a lot of things in common and a lot of aspirations that were the same,” Allen finished.
One of those aspirations was to open a shop that would celebrate the creativity in their community, both as a retail platform and an experience for those wanting to learn new crafts or hone their skills.
“We wanted to make a space where people would come in and be inspired by the creativity,” Clingan said.
It all became a reality when the women opened the doors two years ago to their shop Made in Amador. The women have stocked their shop with the creations from more than 50 artists who are local to Amador County or who have been selected by Allen and Clingan for the connection to the region and California.
“We found all these people that needed a cute store that displayed their stuff in a way that wasn’t a gallery, but also not a craft store,” Allen said.
The products coming from local artisans include jewelry, beauty and skin products, wood designs, glassware, candles, home decor items, wreaths and floral arrangements, and food items like olive oil, honey and toffee.
“It’s grown and grown and more and more people want to sell their stuff here,” Clingan said. “Turns out there’s a lot of creative people here.”
The abundance of creative talent in the area, along with Allen and Clingan’s own skills, helped them fulfill another aspect of their business - offering classes. The classes they have offered range from wreath making to jewelry design. They plan on holding the classes again outdoors when weather permits.
“Having classes and retail all in the same spot has worked amazingly well,” Allen said.
Made in Amador is located at 14183 Old Route 49 in Amador City. The store is currently open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. For more information visit madeinamador.com.