An Announcement from the Women’s Gifts’ Founders:
Over 20 years ago, Carrie Marcotte, Bernadette Hoppe, and Gwennor Jones had a vision to create a marketplace for local women to sell handcrafted creations. This vision evolved into Women's Gifts. It has outgrown three different venues, enjoyed changes in leadership, and emerged as the pre-eminent local art and craft show. When Gwenn Jones moved to Paris, Monica Brown and Kathy Shiroki joined our team. It is now time for Women's Gifts to find equally creative minds so we may step down. As the founders of Women’s Gifts, we are excited to partner with the West Side Stitchery collective as they begin to take over our beloved event to make it their own.
We look forward to seeing the energy and creativity that Jillian, Carlene, and Heather (the West Side Stitchery collective) will bring to Women's Gifts. This event has been a source of tremendous pride and we are thrilled that we found the perfect successors to carry on the tradition of supporting local women's creativity.
From the founders, forever in sisterhood,
Bernadette Hoppe, Carrie Marcotte, and Kathy Shiroki
An Invitation to You:
Collectively known as West Side Stitchery, we are both honored and excited to take on the legacy that has become Women’s Gifts! We hope to continue to provide a unique space for artisans, entrepreneurs, and performers, to share their talents with our vibrant Buffalo communities. As a woman-owned small business, we value the skill and resolve that you have all brought to Women’s Gifts over the years.
In sisterhood and solidarity,
Jillian Nowak, Carlene Derkovitz, and Heather Nowak