Leading up to our next Shop Local Day event on Saturday, November 8, Chesapeake Bank wants to highlight some of the participating merchants throughout the region who are offering shoppers a little extra to come out and support their community businesses.
Artfully Yours is a dream come true to a mother & daughter duo in the Art District of Williamsburg. Open for less than a year, they highlight a great amount of local work and offer a number of services to the community – including yoga and art classes for kids. As you’ll read, they have big plans for the future, too! Learn more about the Artfully Yours in their profile below.
Business Name: Artfully Yours
Contact: Chelsea White
Contact information: Website, Facebook or by phone at 757-253-6932.
Shop Local Day Deal: 10% off your entire purchase of merchandise or art classes! (Doesn’t include birthday parties.) Also, if you download the new LOVEVA App and show us, we will have a free gift for you!
Store information: Artfully Yours is located at 901 Richmond Road in Williamsburg. Visit Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Chesapeake Bank: Can you tell us more about the different services you offer to the community?
Chelsea White: At Artfully Yours we have a multi-faceted location! We sell work from local artists and craftsmen, we offer art and yoga classes for kids, birthday parties, adult classes etc. – and we are working on something really BIG that will be debuted close to Thanksgiving! We also go into the community during local events and offer free kids art projects and activities, as well as in the schools!
CB: What does shopping local mean to you?
CW: Shopping local means everything to me especially now that I own a small business. It doesn’t necessarily mean cutting off the rest of the world, it just means tending and encouraging the growth of locally-owned business, especially those who use local resources. It also means becoming more self-sufficient to your area, i.e. eating local seasonal crops, and depending less on imports. It helps the local economy, the environmental impact is less, customer service is better, and local businesses support more charities. Shopping local also helps to preserve our community’s character.
CB: You and your mom operate Artfully Yours together, right? What does it mean to you to be part of a family-run business?
CW: Family-run isn’t always easy, but it was the right choice for us. To us the uniqueness and soul of family ownership is to have a family (in our case mother and daughter) that is dedicated and passionate about the business. We truly care about keeping the quality of our classes and merchandise in order to please the Williamsburg community. We are also invested in the future of Artfully Yours and how it is perceived by the public.
CB: How did you get started in the industry you are in? We’d love to hear any details about your business story.
CW: Both my mother and I have an art and creative background as well as a business background. We constantly felt like there was need in Williamsburg for a location like Artfully Yours. We haven’t even touched the surface in implementing all of our “grand plans,” and it is truly a blessing to be able to use all of our talents in our own business. My mom and I have had years worth of “business” meetings throwing ideas around and trying to figure out the logistics of it all. Artfully Yours truly fell into place when it did.
CB: It looks like Artfully Yours works with a number of local artists. Can you tell us more about that?
CW: Currently we work with only local artists (we have about 125). Most of our artists call Hampton Roads home, however a few are from Richmond and other places around Virginia. Hampton Roads (and Virginia) houses some of the most talented artists and craftsmen.
CB: How do you stay involved/give back to your local community?
CW: We set up booths all over Williamsburg at a variety of events where we offer free kids art projects and activities, and many times we use recycled items. We are always accepting donations of recycled home goods for our “Re-Create” area upstairs where kids can come and create with recyclables. I teach my kids yoga classes in the schools, and someday we hope to bring our art into the schools as well. We recently hosted a ‘Beyond Boobs’ fundraising event as well as a month-long raffle for them, and we always try to donate items when asked!