Creative Makers Exhibition to feature Pajama Factory Artists and Tenants

Creative Makers of the PA Wilds: ‘A Citywide Exposition’

The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. and Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania are proud to announce that the Creative Makers of the Pennsylvania Wilds – A Traveling Public Art Show will be featured in three venues across the City of Lock Haven in September 2019.

“This is the first time the exhibit has been displayed in this multi-venue format, so we’re calling it the Creative Makers of the Pennsylvania Wilds: A Citywide Exposition,” said Abbi Peters, Executive Vice President of Creative Industries at the PA Wilds Center.

The exhibit, which celebrates the artisans and producers of rural Pennsylvania by bringing processes that are often completed behind the scenes, in the rolling hills of the Wilds, to public spaces, will be displayed at:
— Avenue 209 Coffee Shop, 209 Bellefonte Ave., from September 3 – 30.
— Lock Haven University‘s Bentley Gallery, 401 N. Fairview St., from September 3 – October 5.
— The Station Gallery, home of the Clinton County Arts Council, at 2 E. Bald Eagle St. in Lock Haven, from September 13 – October 5.

An opening reception will be held at the Station Gallery from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, September 13 to kick off the exhibit.

When spread across the three venues, the entire show will feature more than 330 images of 82 artisans, creative entrepreneurs and cultural events, demonstrating the breadth of skill and talent in the Pennsylvania Wilds,” Peters added.

The show can be viewed throughout the month, and the goal is to get people moving throughout the community to view the entire show, Peters noted.

“The portion of the show exhibited at the Station Gallery will be part of the Clinton County Arts Council’s biannual Art in the PA Wilds Exhibit, which typically showcases finished works by artisans from across the 13-county region. This year’s exhibit will for the first time integrate images of Pennsylvania Wilds creative makers in the process of crafting their artworks and products – providing an opportunity for people to see the processes behind a finished piece,” explained Carol Cillo, president of the Clinton County Arts Council.

Artisans featured in the exhibit are juried artisan members of the Wilds Cooperative of PA (WCO), one of rural Pennsylvania’s largest networks of creative entrepreneurs, which is managed by the PA Wilds Center.

“The Pennsylvania Wilds region covers about 25 percent of the Commonwealth, but only about 4 percent of the population calls it home. A while back, it became a mission of the PA Wilds Center and the WCO to help share the stories of the artisans and makers, as well as how they create their products,” Peters explained. “This is what led to the Creative Makers of the PA Wilds – A Traveling Public Art Show.”

The exhibit features artisans from each of the 13 counties encompassed in the Pennsylvania Wilds region, including: Warren, Forest, Elk, Potter, McKean, Tioga, Clinton, Lycoming, Clearfield, Jefferson, Cameron, Clarion and Northern Centre.

The Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) has supported this project for the past two years, helping the PA Wilds Center contract with five photographers from the region to document creative makers, including: Bill Crowell, Doug Bauman, Karen Heltzel, Katie Weidenboerner-Deppen, and Tracy Smith. So far, the show has been exhibited in five public spaces across the PA Wilds, as well as the Capitol Rotunda Gallery in Harrisburg.

Details about the Creative Makers of the PA Wilds Exhibit can be found at www.wildscopa.org/creative-makers.

Photo Credit: Doug Bauman

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WBRE/WYOU TV features Pajama Factory in ‘Beyond Baseball’ segment about Williamsport

The Pajama Factory started out in the 1880s, as a rubber company. Later on, hundreds worked here making Keds sneakers.  In the 1930s, the Weldons Pajama Company moved in. The eight-building complex would grow to become the largest pajama factory in the world. 

A set is on display inside Todd Foresman’s Coffee shop on the ground floor, where he takes pride in his work.  “When you are cooking for people that you care about, you make a better meal.  It’s the same with the coffee.  I really love what I do.  I really do believe I have the best coffee in the state,” said Todd Foresman, Owner, Way Cool Beans Coffee Shop

Todd’s landlord is property owner Mark Winkelman, an architect from New York.  He’s renovating the Pajama Factory and turned part of the building into his home away from home.  “We’ve owned it for twelve years.  It’s been a continuous renovation effort.  And we will continue for many more years.  I like the slow growth, the organic growth aspect of that,” said Mark Winkelman, Owner of the Pajama Factory.

To see more from the segment, visit https://www.pahomepage.com/sports/little-league-world-series/williamsport-beyond-baseball-the-pajama-factory/

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Courage & Companionship Grooming is accepting new clients and offering $5 off your first service

New clients receive $5 off their first service!

Whether you’re looking for a new groomer or ready to put your pet on a regular grooming schedule, C&C is always accepting new clients! We offer one-on-one appointments which allow us to focus on your pet, and your pet alone, during their appointment. Our goal is to make your pet’s visit as stress-free and relaxing as possible.

Certified in Pet Grooming, AKC SAFE, Pet CPR/First Aid, and fully insured, new clients get $5 off their first service! So, if you’re looking to find a caring groomer, who focuses solely on your pet to ensure they feel safe and comfortable, call or message us today!

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Pajama Factory tenants receive honors at Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center Juried Regional Exhibit

We are very happy to announce that several of our Pajama Factory tenants were featured in the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center Juried Regional Exhibit in Wellsboro, PA this year.  Congratulations are in order for Steve and Rita Bower who were both honored in painting and mixed media respectively.  Daniel Berberich was also honored for painting, while John McKaig received “Best in Show” for his wood cut.  Congrats to all our tenants!  We are so very proud of you!

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5 years and going strong … An interview with Todd Foresman, owner of Way Cool Beans Coffee Shop in the Pajama Factory

Who are you and what do you do here?

I’m a lot of things; a business owner, a coffee roaster, and when I came here I was a caregiver for my mother. So, my mother passed, but I’m still a caregiver. That’s just a part of my personality. I’m a people person, I LOVE people. Especially here [at the Factory], they’re so diverse. Having come here and been around such a wide variety of different people, I’ve become more open-minded toward different lifestyles. I try to work on being non-judgmental, the unlearning is the hardest part.

How long have you been with the Pajama Factory?

In a few short days, it’ll be five years.

Did ​you grow up in the area? If not, when and why did you move to this area?

I literally sleep in my childhood bedroom. I live in the house I grew up in, which is three blocks away.

What was your experience with coffee roasting before you opened your establishment?

I worked in a print shop, buying whole bean coffee from the coffee shop up the street, trying to figure out what I was going to do to retire, because the printing industry was changing. The coffee shop down the street that I went to every day was closing, so I decided I would make it myself. I did all the research and figured out how to roast my own coffee. I built my first roaster, and I really had no intentions of opening a coffee shop, but one day it worked. I looked at my brother and said, “I’m going to open a coffee shop.” And three years later – I was here. I started with a table and a tent and worked at music festivals, anywhere I could set something up. I never thought I had what it took to open my own business, and it definitely takes some discipline, but it’s fun.

Tell me the story of Way Cool Beans. Why did you open, and why did you choose to open here?

The completely honest answer is, I don’t know. I knew there was some stuff over here, and I was just kinda drawn to it. I wanted to be down where the woodshop is, or around the corner. I didn’t know anything about the building. Barb [Andreassen] and Mark [Winkelman] pushed this spot on me, because it had plumbing and gas and had been empty for some time. I actually said no three times until I finally decided to be here. After being here, it became really obvious to me why I wanted to be here. It’s partly because of the community, partly because people meet here, a lot of things happen in here. I’m kind of a facilitator, not really by choice, it just kind of happens. It’s just the energy of the place. For example, there was a lawyer sitting here and also a guy who wanted to start a music festival, but he needed a lawyer. And they just happened to both be here. I live in a constant state of amazement but I’m never surprised anymore. It’s amazing, but it’s common. These things happen all the time if you pay attention.

​What core value drives your business?

Getting people together. This is a great place for people to stop and breathe. Everyone is in a hurry, everyone has something to do. Everyone is goal oriented, which isn’t a bad thing, but if you’re so goal-oriented while you’re trying to get there, you’re missing life. It’s the journey, not the destination. It’s about the now. Everyone says the same thing to me: “The seats are so comfortable in here.”

​What do you love most about what you do?

I do it for me. I’m not working for someone else, [so] it doesn’t feel like work. I don’t feel like I need to retire. I hang out all day. That’s what I do for a living. I brew coffee, but for the most part, it almost never feels like work. Since my mother’s passed, my brother comes and has lunch with me every day here so we’ve gotten closer.

What are your hopes for the future of Way Cool Beans?

Actually, I hope to really keep doing what I’m doing, but more of it. My intentions for the physical part of the shop – I’d like to do a facelift. I’ve started some things cosmetically. I’m working on getting into a few more restaurants. I’m working on making deliveries. I’d like to put together a coffee trailer – like a food truck, but for coffee, so I can go to events and hang out. Hiring more employees is a goal in the future as well.

What’s your current go-to drink?

Believe it or not, I drink more water than anything. Sumatra is my everyday coffee. Probably my favorite is the Hawaiian Kona, but it’s expensive.

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Drag Bingo, a fundraising event for AIDS Resource, Friday, 2/8 in the Community Room

AIDS Resource, Inc., a community-based organization with offices in Williamsport and State College, announces a Drag Bingo Benefit at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019 at the Pajama Factory Community Room, 1307 Park Avenue, Williamsport.

Advance tickets by credit card are $20 for 10 games by calling 570-322-8448 followed by option 1 then, ext. 10. or you may also email lizfink@aidsresource.com.  Tickets are $22 at the door.  The evening will feature prizes, 50/50 raffle, light snacks, and is BYOB.  Laurel Charleston, a State College based entertainer, will perform for the event.  All proceeds benefit the valuable programs of AIDS Resource.

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Grand Opening for Courage & Companionship Grooming & Pet Services!

We wanted to take a moment to share the Grand Opening for one our newest tenants, Courage & Companionship Grooming & Pet Services, stop by tomorrow, Sat 12/1, between 9am-5pm to visit the shop, meet the staff, & bring your dog for a free nail trim with a donation of a bath towel!

If you’re wanting to schedule your dog for their spa day before Christmas, call/message them today to schedule an appointment!  Doors are open 9am-5pm, but evening appointments can be requested, as well as early drop offs!

Located on the Memorial Avenue side of the Pajama Factory with a big teal door!

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One Stop Holiday Shop on the 4th floor

Ladies!  Mark your calendars for one of the best, pre-holiday shopping events in our area!

Sunday, November 18th, 9 amazing local vendors will gather together on the Fourth Floor of the Pajama Factory, Building 7 for your shopping pleasure (entrance by Trebecca)!  The event will take place between Rikki Feerrar’s (Studio 7-406) and the Arrow and Thread (Studio 7-413) with additional vendors linaing the hallways.

Appetizers, beverages, shopping and girl time provided!  All who attend will have the chance to win door prizes from each vendor!

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Happy Halloween! Congratulations to the WINNER of this year’s OCTOPAS!

Happy Halloween! Our funky, fall festival, Octofest, was a blast this year! We want to thank Bullfrog Brewery for joining us. We can’t wait to have them back for our Holiday Market on December 8!

Congratulations to our OCTOPAS prize winner, Sherry Hoovel! No tricks here—she took home some amazing factory-made treats from our tenants! This prize pack wouldn’t have been possible without generous donations from: Will Goddard, Steve Bower Studio, Rita Bower, Way Cool Beans, Paper+, Mark and Suzanne Winkelman, Our Generations’ Quilt Shop, Factory Works Photo Lab, Divine Qi, Jordan DeArment, and WholeHeARTed Health!

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A View from the Easel

A really nice feature of John McKaig‘s studio space can be found in Hyperallergic, a Brooklyn-based arts online magazine.  John is a prolific artist and long time tenant of the Pajama Factory.

A View From the Easel

A full-time lecturer of drawing at Bloomsburg University, and of drawing and art history at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA, John received a BFA in printmaking from Miami University in Ohio and a MFA in printmaking from Syracuse University.  He has taught printmaking, painting, figure drawing and anatomy at Syracuse University, drawing and illustration at Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY, and all levels of painting, printmaking, general and figure drawing, and analog photography at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI. John McKaig has exhibited work throughout the United States and internationally, in group and juried exhibitions as well as in several solo exhibitions. To see his work, visit johnmurraymckaig.com 

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