handmade-on-mainEngine is expanding its in-gallery retail and gift shop, Handmade on Main, this holiday season to include works by local artisans and will have its Grand Opening on Plaid Friday, November 25. Opening weekend hours will be 9am-6pm on Friday and Saturday and regular Engine hours after that.

Handmade on Main features guest curators Gabe Sutton, Megan Rochelo, and Meredith Radford for this holiday season. Artisans include GKS Furnituremakers, Meredith Radford Design, Honey Tribe Jewelry, Liz Muse Designs, and others to be confirmed.

Plaid Friday was conceived by three local businesses in Oakland, California as an answer to Black Friday’s focus on national chains and big box stores. The originators wanted to shift focus to encouraging shoppers to spend their money at unique local shops.

And why did they choose plaid? Because it represented how Oakland’s local neighborhoods are a fabric of colorful, diverse, interesting independent businesses woven together. We in Biddeford, Maine, feel that Plaid is an incredibly relevant name…it’s the state color! (jk) Truly, though, the weaving together of independent businesses and craft is so very Maine. Biddeford with its rich textile history of producing “drill” fabric and its emerging maker scene, is a perfect place to expand the Plaid Friday movement.

Anyone who stops in to shop wearing plaid will get a big hug from us at Engine. And quite possibly a freshly baked cookie.

FMI: 207-370-9130 or director@feedtheengine.org