BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Mayor Joe Ganim recently welcomed national arts supply superstore Artists and Craftsman Supply to downtown Bridgeport with an official ribbon cutting at its location on 1001 Main St.
The store’s only other Connecticut branch is located in New Haven.
“This is a tremendous boost to the arts in downtown Bridgeport,” Ganim said. “The people who will help lead the comeback for Bridgeport will be the artists, architects and craftspeople who will all be customers of this store. Welcome to Bridgeport, and I urge anyone interested in everything from making posters to sculpture, scenery or drafting to come check out Artist and Craftsman Supply on Main Street!”
The employee-owned chain of about 30 stores, which is based in Portland, Maine, is noted for its efforts to place franchises in urban locations.
“One of our major goals is to serve urban areas that are not served by the box stores that tend to go out to the suburbs,” said Will Iannuzzi, manager of the new facility. “We want to help develop urban communities and reinvigorate urban living. I want to thank everybody in the community for the warmth they have shown us. I know that we are going to do great things together, and we love being in Bridgeport.”
The new facility contains nearly 6,000 square feet of art and craft supplies, along with toys, gifts, school supplies and other items.
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