Small Business Saturday was held at St. Patrick School’s gym Saturday, Nov. 24. Many local vendors came out to sell their wares, and some were pleased with the turnout. Dean Bennett was present, selling her books, paintings, and drawings.
“Onions Made Me Cry” and “Mallory Manor” are both penned by Bennett, one dealing with sexual abuse, and “Mallory Manor” is a murder mystery. Both are available on Amazon. Bennett’s latest project is painting peg dolls, and supplementing those dolls with a history of the subject. For sale on Saturday were Mr. Rogers, Dr. Jonas Salk, and Teddy Roosevelt.
Bennett has been painting and drawing for about 40 years, and writing for roughly 10 years. A former employee of Citizen’s Bank in Weston, she now belongs to the local writer’s group that meets at Louis Bennett Library once a month. Their next meeting is this Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Michelle Carpenter also participated in Small Business Saturday, selling her homemade treats, including Khalua infused marshmallows. Carpenter said it was the first time she had made that type, but had been making vanilla and chocolate for awhile.
Cliff Rock, a former employee of Louis Glass, displayed his art, as well. After leaving Louie Glass, Rock started Willow Creek Glass with his wife and a business partner. The company is now closed, but Rock still sells leftover items. He did have some new glass art for sale, but does not actively make new pieces.
Vendors also came from Doddridge County and Braxton County to participate in Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is a national event, held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and is designed to promote small, local businesses.