The Story of
Welcome to Create & Express!
Create & Express began as a creative space for the artistically-minded students of its
sister-org, True Insight. There were so many creative and artistic students that our owner and director, Carrie, saw the need for a specific space to showcase the students' work and allow interested guests to browse their creations.
At first, Create & Express housed the artistic work of the students, such as jewelry, candles, and ceramics. It was open around class times, and sporadically during the week.
Then, in June 2013, Create & Express hired Caroline to hold regular open hours and assist with the shop. Carrie has a passion for crystals and stones and began selling her favorite, hand-picked pieces.
We began to cultivate an audience and started seeing regular shoppers!
We also helped individuals showcase their passion by providing the event space for workshops and classes.
This illustrates the shop's name and mission: Carrie wanted to establish a space for showcasing creations or expressing passion!
Fast forward to today and the shop has taken on a life of its own! In addition to creative TI students, we also feature many artisans from the local community! We now showcase over 25 artisans, artists, and makers.
Carrie goes to large gem shows a few times a year to handpick new, captivating stones to pique your interest and bring beauty or healing vibes into your life. Gary has been a great help with planning and constructing expansion space and shelving throughout the shop to accommodate our growth.
We treasure our growing base of fans and friends and have enjoyed sharing this journey with you!