"America's Hometown" earns its name
Sun, 03 Jun 2012 04:17:22 GMT —
American Made, a store in Downtown Hannibal, sells nothing but products that are made-in-America.
"We're becoming an American-made Walmart is what we're becoming," Shane Buthe, the owner of American Made said.
The all-American store has been doing well since its move to Main Street in September.
"We went from 19 crafters when we moved here, we have 43 right now," Buthe said.
The shop has booths that local vendors can rent out to sell their handcrafted goods.
"I'm all about entrepreneurship and I think our country needs more of it. I'm all for whatever I can to facilitate that, and I think our money needs to stay here," Kathy King a craft vendor for American Made said.
"Most of this goes back to Hannibal residents, that's where most of this money goes," Buthe explained.
But reinvesting in the local economy isn't the only thing these crafters are proud of.
"We feel that if they're buying American-made, they're buying a much better product," another crafter, Sandi Eberle, said.
Passing along handcrafted items to customers can also be a little emotional for some crafters who put time and care into each item.
"If I know the people, and they've bought an item, they usually take a picture with the baby and send it to me. That's heart warming," Linda Roach, a crafter known for making baby blankets said.
"Whenever you make something it comes out of a person, not a machine. I can't wait to see somebody that's got maybe one of our purses or something," Peggy Christianer said. She and her sister both contribute crafts to the store.
For Buthe, the most emotional part of the process is his path that led him to opening the store.
"I've done a lot of things in my life and for me to have something like this is so ... I'm so happy for myself ... so happy for all these crafter's here. So now what I try to do is pay attention to helping people," Buthe explained.
"When you do them, you need a place to sell them. So when this came along it was a perfect opportunity," Vickie Pine said.
The store's manager said many people are surprised to see how many items they can get that are made-in-America.