Backroads Market finds permanent home
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
Abby Taylor, joined by a few close friends and family, has hosted three outdoor art festivals in Leavenworth since 2017 under the name Backroads Market. And now, that festival has found itself a permanent home in downtown Corydon, at 227 E. Chestnut St., the previous location of KentJava Bar.
Backroads Market sells handmade crafts like wooden crosses, paintings, crocheted baskets, quilts, pottery and more. The majority of the art is done by local artists, as this was something really important to Taylor.
“There are some great artists in the area,” Taylor, the owner of the store, said. “I love to highlight people from our county, or neighboring counties, and support local as much as possible.
“We have around 16 or 17 local artists’ work displayed in our store, with seven other artist applications on hold until we need to fill the store,” she said.
Backroads Market opened its doors Oct. 5. Hours are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Taylor also goes live on Facebook the last Thursday of each month to showcase items for sale.
“I think our live videos are great for people to shop online, especially during this pandemic when some customers might not feel comfortable coming out to a store just yet,” Taylor said. “I will also happily ship any of the purchases if people need that, too.”
In the future, Taylor hopes to remodel what was once the kitchen space for KentJava into a classroom. Here, she wants to have local artists who have work displayed in the shop come in and demonstrate how they do their craft and possibly showcase a smaller craft or art piece that attendees can make and take home with them.
“I see all these wine and paint stores and events, and I thought that would be a great idea to do in our store with the actual styles of art we are displaying,” she said. “And, it would be a great way to connect our community a little more with one another.”
Backroads Market can be found on Facebook and on Instagram at @backroadsmarketindiana.
Artists interested in applying to have art sold at the store can send an email to [email protected] or stop by the store and talk with Taylor.