Maker’s pop-up took place at the WBHUB in Cornwall on Saturday

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The Cornwall area boasts a large population of savvy creators with a variety of artistic hobbies and skills.

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This was evident walking through the WBHUB co-working space at the Cotton Mills on Saturday when a Makers pop-up was taking place from 10am to 3pm. Like many other vendor shows in the area, the event was packed with a variety of goodies available for purchase, from handcrafted jewelry to carefully curated interior decor and more.

Various buyers and supporters made their way through the line of vendors at WBHUB on Saturday, August 27, 2022 in Cornwall, Ontario.  Shawna O'Neill/Cornwall Standard Freeholder/Postmedia Network
Various buyers and supporters made their way through the line of vendors at WBHUB on Saturday, August 27, 2022 in Cornwall, Ontario. Shawna O’Neill/Cornwall Standard Freeholder/Postmedia Network Photo by Shawna O’Neill /Shawna O’Neill/Standard Freeholder

Organizer Ashley Barnhart of The Handmade Array said she was pleased with the turnout about an hour after the WBHUB opened. This is the fourth merchant market she has organized in the area, but the first time at the Cotton Mills premises.

“WBHUB is a co-working space. They rent offices and conference rooms, so there are people working here all the time… but this is their first event,” Barnhart said, noting that 23 vendor booths were set up.

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“We have candles, children’s toys, accessories, clothing, woodworking signs, plants, home accessories, lingerie, pyjamas, nails and there is a cafe outside.”

On a clear day that felt more like the beginning of autumn than the end of summer, some residents flashed a smile as they casually strolled through the venue chatting with some of the creators. Some booths were also set up in a courtyard area directly in front of the WBHUB.

Some vendors were positioned outside of the WBHUB area at the Cotton Mills on Saturday, August 27, 2022 in Cornwall, Ontario.  Shawna O'Neill/Cornwall Standard Freeholder/Postmedia Network
Some vendors were positioned outside of the WBHUB area at the Cotton Mills on Saturday, August 27, 2022 in Cornwall, Ontario. Shawna O’Neill/Cornwall Standard Freeholder/Postmedia Network Photo by Shawna O’Neill /Shawna O’Neill/Standard Freeholder

“I try to start my market season with an event every year,” Barnhart said, noting that in the past she had used Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School and the pop-up containers outside Cornwall Square. “I didn’t really want to play with the weather politics this year so I thought why not try a new vendor (space) and take people to the cotton mills because this place is beautiful.”

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Many vendors also brought partially completed projects to work on during the event and showed locals the process of their craft, such as Claire Bonk from Amethyst Claire handcrafting, who crocheted.

WBHUB is owned and operated by Weaving Baskets Group, who took over the space after the Cornwall and Region Entrepreneurs Artists and Technologists Exchange (CREATE), formerly known as the Cornwall Innovation Centre, abandoned plans to build a co-working space at the site to build .

Weaving Baskets own Cornwall Square Shopping Center and a host of other commercial and industrial properties across the city.

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