The Local Lofts will showcase area artists at New Barn Custom Furniture

Posted By | February 27, 2014 12:00 am

Kaci Dildine gives her husband Ben a hand with one of their projects.

Raela Gore
Staff Writer
On March 22, 2014, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., a grand opening will debut an extension of New Barn Custom Furniture -The Local Lofts.
When Ben Dildine’s talent for building solid wood furniture outgrew his single car garage, Ben and his wife, Kaci, opened New Barn Custom Furniture.
The Dildines specialize in building customized solid wood furniture. New Barn Custom Furniture offers customers the opportunity to dream up any piece of furniture they like and have it built to their specifications, even down to the small details.
It’s not always easy to find the piece of furniture that fits the mental image customers have created and going to a mass production store may not meet the customer’s needs. It’s also not uncommon for customers to find the right piece, only to discover that it’s far out of their price ranges. With customized goods, these problems are no longer an issue. At New Barn Custom Furniture, customers can bring in a photo or a drawing of what they’re looking for so they can have their exact specifications met locally with quality materials at an affordable price.
The Dildines have extended New Barn Custom Furniture to include The Local Loft – a place for craftsmen and craftswomen to display and sell their work. The Local Lofts showcases local artists to show the community just how much talent is present.
The Local Lofts is set up with stalls for vendors to display their work. Vendors will pay rent for the stall, but will not pay commission on sold merchandise. The Dildines feel it is very important for The Local Lofts to support local artists with handcrafted work. All merchandise is handmade or refurbished locally and varies to offer a diverse selection. The Dildines are aiming to create a local artist marketplace with variety and individuality.
The Local Lofts will offer handmade furniture, refurbished furniture, clothing, jewelry, baked goods, candles, photography, hardwood flooring, scents, specialty items, and recycled goods, to name a few. The Dildines are also considering offering classes in the arts; a painting class is also in the works.
The focus on nearby artists stems from a desire to support talent that can be all too easily overlooked in a small town. The Dildines want to shine a light on the many talented people of Sparta and create a network of artists that brings success to one another.
“There are just so many people who are talented in Sparta who can do so many different things, but people go out of town to buy stuff,” Kaci said. “This is shining a light on the work that they spend hours creating. Hopefully, others will recognize their talent and be encouraged to shop locally.”
Ben believes creating a unique atmosphere in Sparta will bring more business. Putting Sparta’s personal touch and hard work in the spotlight with all it has to offer will draw more attention to the countless talented men and women of Sparta.
“If we create something unique and different, then it will bring buyers from out-of-town to Sparta,” Ben said.
There are currently 15 vendors who will be part of The Local Lofts, but Ben and Kaci are still taking applications. Any local artists interested in applying to The Local Lofts should contact Ben and Kaci Dildine for an application, (931) 261-8334. The regular store hours will 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday.

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