Family bound together by art opening handmade store

Stacy Wengler, co-owner of Knotty Gnome.
Stacy Wengler, co-owner of Knotty Gnome.

It’s well into the evening, and Stacy Wengler is directing traffic in what started as an empty parking garage.

There are tables to assemble, signs to hang and lights to string.

Wengler and her crew of helpers will return in t

he early morning hours and start setting up merchandise as the Sioux Falls Made Market pop-up shop begins to take shape.

There is locally made clothing and jewelry. There are wooden signs and metal stakes. Repurposed furniture and handcrafted tea.

Dozens of area entrepreneurs will sell their work in this one-day, semiannual event created by the Sioux Falls Business Journal and organized by Wengler. For some, it will be the first time selling what they have made.

“I am so proud of the market,” Wengler said. “I’m so proud of all the makers. It’s been really exciting to see the community’s support and response to it.”

The success of the market, and the broader maker movement, have inspired her to create a permanent spot to sell her own work.

Next week, she and her husband, Kyle, will open Knotty Gnome Variety & Salvage in Hartford. Given her family history and generations of talent, it feels like the natural next step.

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