Artisan Gift Shop
Open to the Public – New Members Welcome!*
Hours & Location
Artisan Gift Shop
Located in White Horse Park, next to the Farmer's Market and across from the Administration Building on 239 Ocean Parkway.
Now accepting cash and credit cards!
Open Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Pine’eer Artisan Gift Shop has added hours in Fridays for holiday shoppers. The gift shop is open Fridays in December 10 a.m. -2 p.m, Saturdays 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Contact: President Sharon Puser, 410-208-3032, [email protected]
The Artisan Gift Shop is an extension of the Pine'eer Craft Club, a local group started in 1974. Members create handmade gift items, home décor, jewelry and so much more and then sell it in this retail store. Profits from these sales are donated back to the Ocean Pines community in the form of donations to the Police and Fire departments, Parks and Recreation Department, free Summer Concerts In the Park, Veterans Memorial and more.
Visit the shop to view beautiful, handmade items. Come often, as the merchandise is always changing. As merchandise sells, crafters are always making new items. And, as new crafters join the club, new categories of items expand the inventory.
The Artisan Gift Shop has a large selection of gift-giving items, such as jewelry sets, earrings and bracelets, and beautiful handbags and totes. A baby section includes crocheted blankets, hats, sweaters, plaques, baby bibs and more. There are also home décor items, many of them with a beach theme, including wreaths, wood plaques, floral arrangements, towels, coasters, runners and more. The shop even features floral arrangements with flowers made from seashells and fish scales. Members create handmade pottery items and stained glass items. Beautiful paintings, fabric-backed plates, mosaic mirrors, pictures made from jewelry, and pillows of all designs are also available. The shop also offers a complete line of doll-wear for American Girl dolls.
The Craft Club meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month at the Ocean Pines Community Center on 235 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. All meetings are open to the public.
Join the club for refreshments at 9:45 a.m. A business meeting starts promptly at 10 a.m. After the meeting, the club offers a craft project for those who wish to participate. Preregistration is required, so the club can have enough supplies. A small fee is charged to cover the cost of supplies.
Current information regarding the next meeting and craft project are on display in the shop window. To preregister and for more information, call Program Chair Candy Foreman at 410-641-6082.
Crafter of the Month
The Pine’eer Craft Club is proud to announce club member Bill Lobecker as the October 2023 Crafter of the Month.
After retiring from a career as circulation director of a chain of local newspapers in the Quakertown, Pennsylvania area, Lobecker and his wife, Terry, settled in Ocean View, Delaware in 2017. Lobecker joined the Craft Club about four years ago.
He had been assisting his son with a home decor business until Covid-19 hit, and the business closed.
“With the loss of my son’s business and his move, I had time on my hands,” Lobecker said. “I like to stay busy in retirement, so I became a member of the club at that time. It’s nice to be creative in a side business.”
Today, both Bill and Terry are involved in the Craft Club. Together, they create wreaths, candles, sublimation mugs, tumblers and coasters.
Lobecker’s home decor signs, which often feature the phrase “this is my happy place Ocean Pines, MD,” are popular in the artisan gift shop. He also sells crafts at a booth at the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market and has been a fixture there for the last three years.
In addition to crafting, Lobecker recently joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, which is the uniformed, nonmilitary volunteer component of the Coast Guard comprised of about 26,000 members. The membership supports the Coast Guard and has advanced training in boating and water safety.
To see Lobecker’s works and more creations, stop by the Pine’eer Artisan Gift Shop, open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., except holidays.
The club is always seeking new crafters, and club meetings are open to the public.
Artisans interested in selling their creations at the shop should contact Debbie Jiwa or Barbara Herzog, shop managers, or email [email protected] for more information.
Since its inception, the Craft Club has donated nearly $179,000 back to Ocean Pines. The club has been proudly handcrafting in Ocean Pines for 49 years.
For more information, visit www.oceanpines.org/web/pages/artisan-gift-shop.
The Winter Wonderland Holiday Craft Fair is held indoors in the Ocean Pines Community Center on the first Saturday in November, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. A large number of crafters attend, making the event perfect for those seeking holiday gifts. Vendors interested in participating may call Debbie Jiwa at 410-430-7855.
At both events, the Craft Club offers its famous homemade bake sale.
Contact President Sharon Puser at 410-208-3032 or [email protected] for information on displaying and selling handcrafted merchandise at the Artisan Gift Shop in Ocean Pines.
*Profits from the sale of merchandise in this shop and from annual craft fairs are given back to the community in the form of donations, each year. Since the shop's inception in 1974, more than $175,000 has been given back to Ocean Pines.
Volunteers are essential to every aspect of the Artisan Gift Shop. They provide support and manpower to allow the club and the shop to operate to its full potential.
Becoming a member of the club is only $15 yearly. Members may put items in the shop and take advantage of the benefits of the club.