I spent the afternoon browsing stART at the Station, searching for one-of-a-kind gifts. At every booth, I sensed a steady infusion of passion, skill, and personal taste. Let me share some of my favorite finds, each one a testament to the meaningful impact of supporting talented individuals who pour heart and soul into their craft.
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“LAUREL” CARTOONS BY BRIAN NELSON Each year, Nelson, a copy editor at the Telegram & Gazette, assembles a volume to chronicle the adventures of Laurel Tilbury, a 9-year-old Worcester girl exploring the city with her Uncle Timmy. When I saw the page dedicated to Lucius W. Briggs, architect of Worcester Memorial Auditorium, I knew I had to buy a copy for my husband. Uncle Timmy explains, “Like people, Laurel, these buildings make Worcester unique!”
HOLLOW BOOK SAFES BY BOOK END DESIGNS I got a kick out of browsing the shelves for classic novels and travel guides, only to crack open volume after volume of hollowed-out books. Each book is magnetized to create a secret compartment for whimsical treasures or love letters.
CERAMIC SPONGE HOLDER BY SARAH KELLY A sponge holder is the sort of thing I didn’t know I needed until I saw it — adorable, chic, and practical all in one go. Sponges harbor nasty germs, especially when they sit damp in the sink for extended periods. Using a sponge holder minimizes the risk of bacterial growth and makes for a more hygienic kitchen.
WORM TOWN MUG BY BUTTON FACTORY ARTS Kris Cobb’s clever creations feature clotheslines, cute little monsters, and glowing menorahs. If you like playful colors and textures, Button Factory Arts has a design for you.
KARA COFFIN CERAMICS I have been searching for a mug of a certain weight. Coffin’s hand-carved earthenware is rustic, porous, and well-proportioned—perfect for sipping coffee in my pajamas on the first snow day of the year.
iLAH Jewelry One of the Canal District’s newest darlings is Ilah Cibis, a maker of shiny baubles and custom heirlooms. Her shop is a whole experience worthy of a wander. I bought a mermaid pin for my niece and found a few iconic pieces to save up for in the future.
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