Monday, April 4, 2011

Bull City Craft

A great post from our newest contributor, Laura M. The Grand Opening Celebration for Bull City Craft is this coming Saturday (the 9th) so read up about what to expect before you go:

Hi everybody! Laura here. I’m mom to a sweet as sugar 3.5 year old girl, S, and one wild and crazy baby boy, B. We love living in Durham and are thrilled to be helping Allison and Sarah C. explore this great area of long as it doesn’t interfere with naptime!

I’m excited to talk to y'all about a new opening in Durham: Bull City Craft. Occupying the storefront next to the ever-popular Local Yogurt and the Little Gym, I had read that Bull City Craft was an “arts boutique and craft lounge with a local, eco-friendly focus.” It sounded right up craft-loving S’s alley. So we headed on over with some friends. And, wow. Talk about a fun morning!

Bull City Craft is an arts store with a crafty twist. Walking in, you are greeted by displays of paints, brushes, sketchpads notebooks and other art supplies, all for sale. There are also Crocodile Creek branded items, Ugly Dolls and other gifts.

The back of the store is where the fun happens. This is where patrons are invited to get their craft on. There is an array of drop-in crafts for sale ranging from birdhouses ($15) to shadow boxes ($18), tote bags ($28) to beaded jewelry ($15-$20). We chose a wooden lidded box ($18), which S dubbed her jewelry box. We were then given large adult-size aprons (the kid-size ones are on order) and set up at a small, kid-size table with a variety of brightly-colored paints, multiple brushes, a tray for mixing colors, a brush-washing bucket, glue and jeweled baubles for decoration and bedazzling. S and her buddy, K, went to town.

At 3.5 years old, I found S to be the perfect starting age for Bull City Craft. I’m not so sure she would have had as much fun, or been able to do as much hands-on, if she was younger. This is definitely not the place to bring my one-year old wild man, that’s for sure. Also, I had a mini heart attack when I noticed the paints we were given said “permanent” on them, but we had no problem washing them off our hands and clothes (and my Nikon camera strap - Whoops!).

The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. And, the best part - together, we created a fun little craft, made a huge mess...and didn’t have to clean up! We will so be back!

In addition to standing weekly activities such as drop in crafts and Preschool Playtime, Bull City Craft will also host Birthday Parties and other social gatherings (think baby and bridal showers, or team meetings!).

To make a morning out of it, try pairing Bull City Craft with some morning playtime at nearby Rockwood Park or Forest Hill Park; grab lunch at Foster’s Market or Q-Shack across the street. And, of course, top it off with some dessert at Local Yogurt.

Bull City Craft
11am-6pm Tuesday-Friday; 11am-8pm Saturday
Drop in Crafts any time
$5 Preschool Playtime: 11 am Tuesdays and Thursdays

2501 University Drive





At August 18, 2011 at 12:13 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first visit was today, and my child enjoyed the drop in-craft, but I found Jessica to be quite unfriendly. She was obviously not interested in striking up a conversation or interacting with her customers at all. She seemed quite bothered that anyone had shown up. I won't be returning anytime soon.


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