Stories from Simply Hand Made

A story from Jane Braddock, vendor and volunteer.

Last Friday, Dave & I were getting ready to leave on a weekend trip to Indiana, taking my Mom to visit my brother. It was pouring rain, & though I was feeling bad for not being able to work at the shop, I wondered if anyone would stop in anyway. Then the phone rang. It was Seton, the manager of the Salt Creek Cafe, saying he had just talked to a woman there from out of town who was disappointed when she found the shop closed, & asked if he knew anyone who could help.

This is Fredericksburg at it’s best, and why folks from near and far love this place. We finished packing the car, hopped in, and drove to the shop. Mom waited with Dave in the car, while I waited on a nice woman from Ragersville and her granddaughter, who was still sipping the hot chocolate she hadn’t had time to finish at the Cafe. Grandma went on & on about how much she loves Simply Hand Made, how she tells people about it all the time. She purchased lip balm for herself and a friend, and a cute little Boston Terrier pipe cleaner dog for her granddaughter.

On our way to Indiana, I had time to sit and think about all of this. The library, here after 21 years, is truly a living miracle, here because so many people have given their time, talents, energy, resources, believing in the importance of a library in this community. Simply Hand Made is an extension of the miracle, supporting the work of amazing artists and the work of the library, while preserving the one-of-a-kind jail building. All of this is only possible because of the people who believe in making a difference right where they are, who see how both places enrich the life of our community, then give their time as volunteers. Incredible.

Thank you so much, volunteers, vendors, and friends of Simply Hand Made, for believing in this place, for giving so much to make it all possible, and for making Fredericksburg a wonderful place to be!

2019 Best of the Best Contest

Do you have an extra minute online today? Can you help us get nominated for The Daily Record’s 2019 Best of the Best Contest? We are trying to get the word out about our little shop and we could use your help!

Once a day through February 10th you can go to to nominate Simply Hand Made in the Shopping -> Gift Shop category. Support other businesses you love while you are there! We would love to get to the voting round to help spread the word about what we are doing here in Fredericksburg to help local artists as well as the Fredericksburg Community Library! Thank you so much!

Winter Weather Closing Policy

As we reopen this winter, it seems like a good time to go over our closing policy for when the weather gets bad! We want to be open as much as possible, but our volunteers already give so much by giving their time- we don’t want anyone to feel pressured to keep the shop open on days when the cold, snow, and ice make it difficult to drive. And it doesn’t seem likely that as many customers will want to be out on those days either!

As we are located within the Southeast Local School District, if Southeast is closed, we will be closed too. Additionally, if there is a winter driving advisory we will be closed. We will try to keep the most up to date information about our hours on our Facebook and Instagram pages in the most recent post.

Through February and March, our winter hours will be Thursday-Saturday, 9:30-4:00. Now cross your fingers that the worst of the weather stays away from the days we are open!

Winter Hours and January Closing

Last January we tried to remain open, but the weather was so uncooperative we decided it was more beneficial to stay closed for this month and give all of our hardworking volunteers a break!  We will be rearranging and refreshing the shop during this period, so when we reopen January 31st the store should have a bit of a new look for a new year!  Our open time for the remainder of the winter through March will be pushed back a half hour, from 9:00 to 9:30 instead, to give those snow plows a little more time to work when needed!