The Scented Bean welcomes artisans to Farmington Hills area
December 21, 2013 by Max
The Scented Bean enjoyed a grand re-opening event on December 7, during the city’s Holly Days celebration. Visitors were able to purchase locally-made products and watch as some of the artists created their work. Owner Jason Stoops even took the opportunity to bring his keyboard and make copies of his new CD available.
Stoops explained to Patch.com recently that he makes soy candles and wanted a place to sell them. When he and his wife Lisa, who own The Scented Bean in Farmington, expanded their business and moved to a better location in the Village Mall, he was approached by three local artists who asked if he would sell their works. Within the space of one week, this number had grown to 23, all of whom make Michigan-sourced products, and The Scented Bean grew far beyond the owners’ expectations.
Using ads on forums like Craigslist as well as other avenues, the Stoops attracted artists from all over the state, who offer a wide range of hand-made products. Stoops says he is excited by all the different artists, and they reciprocate the feeling. Farmington Hills artist Pamela Jones, who works in acrylics, told Patch she was glad to have a venue to sell her work. She began painting in 2008 while she was caring for her mother, and her works reflect the spiritual visions she had at that time.
Stoops could work with a flyer printing company to create handouts to pass out during the event, inviting people to the store now that it has reopened.