The Pine’eer Craft Club Artisan Gift Shop is scheduled to reopen in its new location on Saturday, Feb. 8.
The brand-new building is adjacent to White Horse Park, near the site of the weekly farmer’s market.
Ocean Pines crafters formed the club in 1974 and the original shop opened two years later, at the time located between the community center and administration building. Once the move to the new building is complete, the old site will be demolished to add more parking spaces.
Ocean Tower Construction built the new shop, with Ocean Pines Public Works adding some finishing touches to the interior.
“Public works has been so incredibly helpful to us over the years, but particularly with our move,” Craft Club member Carol Quinto said. “[Recreation and Parks Manager] Debbie Donahue has also just been fabulous. If it wasn’t for her, I’m not sure we’d have a new building.”
Quinto said the shop carries a wide variety of handmade merchandise, including woodworking, candles, pottery, jewelry, home décor, and all manner of sewn, crocheted and knitted items. All items are made locally, and most are made in Ocean Pines.
“Everything is handmade, and we always have something for everyone. We have a wide range of items that continually meet people’s needs,” she said, adding the shop also showcases local artists like Helen Smith and Jim Adcock.
Craft Club President Sharon Puser said the shop regularly gets new items.
“It’s continually changing. As we get new members we get different things, so it’s always a different selection,” she said. “It’s not the same merchandise all of the time, and it’s because it’s hand crafted it’s always one-of-a-kind.”
Puser said profits from the shop are donated back to the Ocean Pines community. To date, the club has provided more than $160,000 in donations for Ocean Pines Police, Fire Department, Recreation and Parks and Public Works, as well as the local library and neighborhood watch, and the Worcester County Veterans Memorial.
“It’s a community effort, and we’re proud to be a part of this and to be able to give back to the community. That’s our whole purpose,” she said.
Along with a new location, the shop will also have expanded hours, open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday hours will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting on March 7, to coincide with the farmer’s market.
“We’ve waited a long time for this and we’re all very excited,” Puser said of the reopening. “We’re going to fill it with fresh new things, and we’re close to the Farmer’s Market, so we encourage everyone to stop by.”
The Pine’eer Craft Club plans to host an official grand opening for the new shop on April 4.
Visit the Pine’eer Craft Club Artisan Gift Shop at 239 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. For more information, email email@example.com or call Puser at 410-208-3032.