1504 N. College Avenue | Evelyn Hills | Fayetteville, Arkansas
Mim Wynne opened Handmade in 1996. For 5 months she renovated the Old Elk Inn near the center of Elkins, Arkansas. With the weaving studio space and dye room ready for rug production, the old parlor became a store, Handmade, and the 1864 inn was in business again. This time it was full of goods that Mim had seen in her travels around the US and Europe. She sought out products that were well conceived and expertly produced. She thought that other people would like them and they did.
Handmade became a special place. From the 50-year old church pew on the front porch to the square nails in the floors, Handmade was about comfort and welcome. People came to shop but found themselves meeting new people, sharing stories, watching rugs being woven, and petting Buster, the cat. They left happier than they arrived.
In 2002, Mim moved Handmade to Fayetteville and for 5 years customers came to its long, narrow space off the Fayetteville Square. The studio was in the back, the store was in the front, and more often than not Buster was sunning himself in the front window. Shoppers laden with bags of flowers and garden fresh vegetables from the Fayetteville Farmers Market often made a regular stop for Saturday food tastings. Gourmet food became a Handmade staple and customers loved the variety and quality.
"Over the years its locations have changed but Handmade has kept the best of what it has always been; a place of friendship, comfort, laughter and stories in the middle of a store chock full of foods you want to eat and gifts you want to keep."
With promises of multi-story hotel complexes being built nearby and long-term street closings, Mim moved Handmade to its current home in the Evelyn Hills Shopping Center in 2006.
In September 2016, Handmade passed hands to us, Bryan and Shannon Gott, so that Mim could get back to her weaving studio. We remain dedicated to keeping The Handmade Market spirit alive and championing local craft and quality wherever it may be.
From the day it opened its doors in 1996, “Something different in store for you” has been the guiding principal behind the goods chosen for The Handmade Market. We continue that tradition by actively searching for high quality, well designed goods that are produced in an environmentally responsible way with first priority given to American genius.