Local creators collaborate to open My Craft Attic

Store offers candles, primitives, vinyl decor and more

Sentinel photo by BUFFIE BOYER Alysha Bunch, front, and Tracy Lynn Gisewhite, left, and Kathy Swartz, have joined their creative efforts to open the new shop My Craft Attic, on Ferguson Valley Road.

LEWISTOWN — With a hammer and nails in hand since she was little, Tracy Lynn Gisewhite has always been working to create handmade gifts for family and friends.

Growing up in a home where her mother was thrifty and whipped up special decorations from yard sale finds, Gisewhite has carried on that tradition of repurposing items much to the delight of her relatives and friends.

Gisewhite, who has been working in her attic for years to make special treasures for gifts and craft shows, has been looking for a large space to offer her creations.

With support from family and friends and fulfilling a wish from her late mother, Gisewhite has teamed up with other creatives to open My Craft Attic along Ferguson Valley Road, Lewistown.

Owners Gisewhite, Kathy Swartz and Matthew Schuster, and the help of Gisewhite’s daughter, Alysha Bunch, are garnering their talents to offer the area a new shop full of everyday and holiday decor.

The shop carries Schuster’s line of Keystone Candles and other items like primitives, Thompson crumbles, outdoor decor, Amish-made furniture, vintage lighting, florals, box signs, color art, holiday decorations and everyday items.

Custom vinyl in any color, style and/or font can be created for walls, cars or even for wedding invitations, centerpieces and wine glasses. Gisewhite said she can personalize anything with names and dates for any special occasion.

In the future, the she plans to carry rugs, curtains and centerpieces, invitations and decorations for party planning.

“I like to take old and make new and add a new twist to them,” Gisewhite said.

The name of the shop not only refers to the place where she works on her projects, but she hopes when people come to the shop and see her “new again” items, it reminds customers of things they may have found in their own attics, but with a new spin.

Swartz provides the floral decor for the shop and said she has handmade 80 percent of the shop’s floral offerings.

“A lot of the items we carry are one-of-a-kind,” Swartz said. “We try to keep things unique and have things you are not going to find in this area.”

The owners said they travel all over to find special items for the store and do listen to customer requests.

“I research what people are looking for,” Gisewhite said. “We have a close connection with our customers. I want them to keep coming back.”

She said she feels the store is a one-stop shop.

“We are here to supply everyday needs, not just holiday,” Gisewhite said. “Come in and find out all we can do for you when you come in.”

When customers visit the shop, they will also notice all of the remodeling work the owners and their families have done to get the space ready for business.

“It’s been a family affair,” she said. “We are all so close. With everyone’s help, this has been made possible.”

A grand opening celebration is planned for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday with a drawing, refreshments and non-perishable food drive.

On Dec. 12, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting the shop from 6-8 p.m. for a free photo opportunity.

The regular hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Friday; noon to 8 p.m. Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For the holidays, the store is open every day now through Dec. 22.

My Craft Attic is located at 12425 Ferguson Valley Road, Lewistown.

For more information, call 348-3567 or visit www.mycraftattic.com or the

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