Aspiring crafters rejoice, Creative Addictions has opened their doors

By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter

Conrad’s new little craft store, Creative Addictions, has drastically remodeled their building and opened the doors for business.

It all began when Melody Campbell had the idea to put some of her Fuzzie Wuzzie Wool rugs and some other items out to sell during the Christmas Stroll. The idea became a reality when she decided to team up with Kit Finlayson, a fellow crafter, and they quickly got to work looking for the perfect place to temporarily set up shop. After scouting around town, the old Super Dollar Store building seemed to fit the bill.

Even though it was extremely cold the evening of the Christmas Stroll, Creative Addictions was bustling with activity and it became apparent that there were many crafters in town who were excited at the prospect of a new craft store opening in the city of Conrad. The cozy fireplace might have drawn some shoppers in from the cold, too.

“It’s a central location to a lot of surrounding little towns and we thought it would be really nice for people to not have to drive very far to buy the crafting supplies they need.” Finlayson said.

“I’ve noticed in the last three years, since I’ve lived in Conrad, we have an extraordinarily high concentration of talented artists – some of them young people in our schools,” observed Campbell. With this knowledge in tow and a shared dream of owning their own business, Campbell and Finlayson set about bringing the dream to life.

A little bit of paint here and a little bit of lighting there turned into a major project when more things were discovered that needed fixing. “That’s why the ‘Pink Sheet’ was up in the window for so long!” Finlayson added.

With some gutting, painting, new wiring, fixtures, shelving, new flooring and other special touches, the inside was ready to go. The awning, sign and roof were also repaired. “So many people offered to help us,” Finlayson said. “We couldn’t have done it without their generosity.”

Leading the pack was Creative Addiction’s volunteer of the year, Colin Vietch, who tirelessly worked around the clock and kept the project rolling along.

There are two employees at Creative Addictions who add their special talents to the store: Stephanie Nelson, the fast-fingered crocheting whiz and artist extraordinaire who did the caricature of Finlayson and Campbell that is in the store’s window, and Allison Peterson, celebration specialist and after-school project coordinator.

Along with all the captivating arts and crafting opportunities that are available at the store, these girls are here to help you plan your next party, complete with dazzling cakes or confectionery treats. This is the home of the “Oh My’s”, a melt-in-your-mouth delight made by Peterson. They handle everything about party planning, from designing and sending out invitations all the way through the clean up.

The main goal of the store is to get everyone excited about arts and crafts. It is their mission to help children and adults learn how much fun they can have creating something beautiful with their hands and, perhaps, even finding a talent they didn’t know they had.

A few of the captivating crafts at Creative Addictions are the Fuzzie Wuzzie Wool rugs (and supplies to make your own), crocheting, knitting, drawing, scrapbooking, jewelry making, calligraphy and paper crafts. Avid quilters will be able to find notions. Ceramics will be added soon along with Rug Hooking, an old-fashioned way of producing beautiful rugs. Classes on all these skills are in the works for individuals and families to join in the fun.

Currently, kids of all ages can attend after-school workshops, and summer crafting day camps are on the way. Parents will be happy to learn that the Creative Kids after-school workshops will be continuing throughout the summer.

“They’ll be called, ‘Summer Crafting for Kids’,” Peterson commented. “We have pre-paid punch cards for these workshops. You can get six classes for the price of five!”

Their inventory is growing almost daily and they have arts and craft supplies of all types. If your hobby is scrapbooking, card making or quilting, this is your place to shop locally. And if your crafting forte’ is something other than the afore mentioned, Finlayson and Campbell note that they are always looking for new ideas and welcome feedback about what crafting supplies and workshops you would like to see in the store.

The motto around these crafty ladies is “Imaginations at Play” so if you are looking for a great place to explore your talents or find new skills, give them a call at 271-2730 or stop by at 412 S. Main. You can also catch them on their Facebook website at www.creativeaddictionstore.com .
Editor’s note: Kit Finlayson also contributed to this article.