It all started at the Brimfield Antique Market when, Cindy Bogart, a former Better Homes & Gardens editor, tried to get antique dealers’ website addresses in order to contact them after the show. What she got were interesting conversations where she learned about antiques, heard stories from the old timers and made a few friends along the way. Most shared phone numbers and addresses but many did not have a website. At the same time, she and her husband were doing their own home renovation and could not find local restoration sources as well.
It was clear. There was no where to find vendors and trades in the vintage and old home arena.
Cindy reached out to the head of Rhode Island’s SBA-supported Women’s Business Center, Mary Gervais, whose passion had always been helping small business owners succeed. They teamed up and founded Artisans List with their first office at the corner table by the fireplace in Felicia’s Coffee Shop in East Greenwich, RI. There they formulated their vision: To create a vetted resource directory-magazine where small businesses and people could connect, share and learn how to use methods, materials and values from the past in refreshingly new and useful ways.