Welcome

Thank you for visiting Paducahsun.com, online home of The Paducah Sun.

Calendar
June 2012
S M T W T F S
27 28 29 30 31 01 02

Click here to submit an event.

Company seeks artisans, businesses in participate in 'Close to Home' initiative

Staff report

MILWAUKEE -- The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. family of department stores (which operates Elder-Beerman in Frankfort, Paducah and Ashland) plans to expand its "Close to Home" initiative by adding in-store shops to at least 100 stores this year after launching in 45 stores in 2016. As part of the expansion, the retailer also announced the launch of the new "Close to Home" Online Sourcing Fair that invites local artists and designers, makers, artisans, and entrepreneurs with established businesses and galleries interested in having their products sold in "Close to Home" shops to apply online.

Product submissions for the first "Close to Home" Online Sourcing Fair are being accepted through March 24 at closetohome.bonton.com. Interested applicants must reside in one of Bon-Ton's 25 states to apply.

The "Close to Home" shops feature locally-sourced and themed products. More than 100 small businesses from 16 cities across eight states were featured in the initial launch. For many, the opportunity to sell products in a major department store provided significant growth for their business.

"We started out selling primarily at craft fairs, farmers markets and a few boutiques, and then Bon-Ton called," said Kelley Grace Quakkelaar of Wisconsin's Gracie Designs, which produces hand-crafted wristlets and trucker hats for the 'Close to Home' shop. "It's been a significant ramping up of our business."

Bon-Ton aims to have "Close to Home" shops in at least 150 stores by mid-2017.

Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Your comment has been submitted for approval
captcha c2c9f82c5f614f91b11b7d0b4be9501d
Top Classifieds
  • Use Happy Jack Tonekote torestore nut ... Details
  • Labrador Pups $500 839-1198 Details
  • HAVANESE PUPS AKC Home Raised, Best H ... Details
  • 2 story 4 BR,4 bath, with bsmt., &am ... Details
  • Details
  • House for SaleAurora, KY2 Bdr, Liv RM ... Details
  • Lower town Condo w/ garage, Leslie He ... Details
  • SEEING is believing! Don't buy p ... Details
  • Beautifully &Totally Renovated Co ... Details
  • FAIRHURST BUILDING Professional Offic ... Details
  • 2007 NissanAltima Hybrid147,000 miles ... Details
  • Red 2013Ford Taurus Loaded30,000 + mi ... Details
  • AUTOMOVER SPECIAL6 lines - 14 dayson ... Details
  • 2002 HARLEY DAVIDSON "BAD BOY&qu ... Details
  • THINKING of buying a new or used car? ... Details
  • 32'-2015 camper, sleeps 6, too m ... Details

Most Popular
  1. Judge Clymer wraps up career behind the bench
  2. Illinois on track to be first state with 'junk' credit
  3. Walk(way) on water
  1. Former teacher receives $500,000 from Kentucky school district
  2. Driver hits parked cars on I-24
  3. Judge Clymer wraps up career behind the bench
  1. Judge Clymer wraps up career behind the bench
  2. Illinois on track to be first state with 'junk' credit
  3. Walk(way) on water
Discussion

Check out these recently discussed stories and voice your opinion...