Junction Boutique opened their doors in a small retail space in Belford’s Campbell’s Junction less than two years ago. The cooperative effort of local artisans selling their homemade jewelry, heirlooms, clothes, candles and bath products and other art started with eight local crafters.
Two months later Chris Slater, the organizer and inspiration of the group, attended a Made in Monmouth trade show at Monmouth University, where she met other Monmouth County based small business owners/artist. They weren’t competitors, they were collaborators. The number of businesses selling their products at the tiny store quickly grew and by the end of 2016 the 28 participants had outgrown their space. Slater said that all but a handful of the Junction Boutique artisans were connected through Made in Monmouth and all are New Jersey based.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: Belford, Chris Slater, Freeholder Tom Arnone, Jeanine Riegler, Junction Boutique, Made in Monmouth, Middletown, Monmouth County News | Comments Off on Junction Boutique: A Made in Monmouth Success Story in Middletown