Cubby Hole opens on Pennsylvania Avenue

If it’s crafts you like, Pennsylvania Avenue is the place to go.
The Cubby Hole, owned and operated by the husband-wife couple of Robert and Nancy Kilmartin of Tyrone, is now open and offering gift shoppers and craft-lovers alike a wide selection of hand-crafted items that fit perfect on anyone “wish list.”
“We’re not just here for the holidays,” said Nancy yesterday during the first day of the two-day grand opening celebration. “We’re here to give the community another interesting store that has a little bit of everything.”
According to Nancy, the idea to open a craft store was born when she realized the amount of local artistic talent in and around the community. She said the amount of craft fairs and flea markets in the general area isn’t enough to allow these artists to showcase their talents.
“We do have a lot of craft shows at churches, school events and flea markets,” she said, “but after that, you really don’t have anything. We wanted to create something where crafters can display and sell the wares all the time. That’s what we started here.”
The Cubby Hole is fashioned in the same way that many antique “malls” are set up. The Kilmartins don’t own everything in their store. They’ve decided to rent space and allow other vendors to bring their items in and make sales from the business.
“We felt that a lot of people don’t have the time to actually peddle their crafts,” Nancy said. “This gives those people the opportunity to do everything else they do, and at the same time, sell their products without actually having to be here.”
Nancy said the space is rented by the square foot or on a consignment basis.
Being on a “shoestring budget,” The Cubby Hole will not employ people to run the store. The vendors will work in shifts.
As of yesterday, 13 vendors have taken up space in the store.
These include: Delores Diehl of Tyrone with wood crafts and stitchery; Robert Kilmartin of Tyrone with wood crafts; Ned and Maryanne Dunkle with a unique supply of healing emu oils and hand-painted emu egg shells; Jenn Liddick of Tyrone with candles; Roxanne Shultz with throwback quilted items, such as vest and other articles of clothing; Mark Reed of Roaring Spring with Amish-themed ink shadow drawings.
Also, Emma Westerman of Pine Grove Mills with slate rock paintings; Gloria Griffith of Huntingdon with embroidery and stitchery; Dottie Fleming with fine stitching and hanging wreaths; Edwin L. Gilken Jr. of Warriors Mark with specialty painted images that can be placed on hankerchiefs, canvases, cardboard and mugs; Paula Morrisey of Warriors Mark with hand-painted bottles and boxes; Kay Clites of Tyrone with quilts and needlework; and David Kilmartin of Cornelius, Ore., with items made from animal antlers.
“We’re trying to offer a wide-range of items that are unique,” said Nancy. “We have that here. And our inventory will always be changing. People should just stop in and ask. Many of the crafters are willing to make specialty requested items.”
According to Nancy, the opening of The Cubby Hole is just another positive happening in the downtown.
“I’m really excited seeing what’s going on here,” she said. “Instead of people just talking about it, they’re out doing it. Tyrone can be what it once was, again. I’m looking forward to that day.”
The Cubby Hole is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays; Fridays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nancy said the hours may change, depending on business.
The grand opening celebration continues today and includes light refreshments, such as cookies, punch and Joybean coffee.
Also, Fridays will be special days that will feature homemade cookies and candies by Dorothy Fleming.