Artisans Grateful For Exposure Through SDC Furniture Fair

Photo: Dave Reid Owner of Furniture Anomaly, Richard Weise, points out features of a decorative wood item to Social Development Commission (SDC) Parish Manager for Kingston and St. Andrew, Sandra Goulbourne. Occasion was the SDC’s Home and Furnishing Expo held recently at Emancipation Park in St. Andrew.

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  • Furniture makers and other artisans from the downtown Kingston area have expressed gratitude for the opportunity to showcase their work at the recently held Home and Furnishing Expo at Emancipation Park in St. Andrew.
  • The expo was spearheaded by the Social Development Commission (SDC) as part of an initiative to streamline the operations of furniture and home décor businesses in the downtown area.
  • Local Economic Development Coordinator at the SDC, Damion Hylton, said the undertaking was “relatively successful”. He noted that the artisans represented themselves extremely well and the responses were great.

Furniture makers and other artisans from the downtown Kingston area have expressed gratitude for the opportunity to showcase their work at the recently held Home and Furnishing Expo at Emancipation Park in St. Andrew.

The expo was spearheaded by the Social Development Commission (SDC) as part of an initiative to streamline the operations of furniture and home décor businesses in the downtown area.

On display were beautifully handcrafted furniture and other decorative pieces.

“I believe this is a good initiative. I thank the SDC for this great idea,” said exhibitor and owner of Furniture Anomaly, Richard Weise.

He told JIS News that he was pleasantly surprised at the turnout despite heavy rainfall earlier in the day.

“There are persons here who are interested in making purchases,” he said, noting that he is optimistic about business prospects arising from the venture.

Local Economic Development Coordinator at the SDC, Damion Hylton, said the undertaking was “relatively successful”. He noted that the artisans represented themselves extremely well and the responses were great.

Mr. Hylton said the National Housing Trust (NHT) has begun discussions with participants to engage their services for upcoming housing developments.

He believes that the fair will serve as a catalyst for the staging of similar events in the near future.

He expressed appreciation for the support from entities such as the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), HEART Trust/NTA, and COK Sodality Cooperative Credit Union, among others, which assisted in making the entire concept a reality.

Meanwhile, Mr. Hylton told JIS News that the entity’s  2017 Business Expo, slated for December,  will be bigger and better than previous years and will feature  participants from the jewellery-making  and agro-processing sectors, among others.

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