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Wine and antique store open along Route 44

Just four months ago Up the Crick Wine and Antiques opened at 5099 North Route 44 in Jersey Shore. Erika Morgan, owner, set up the shop full of all locally made items ranging from wine, salad dressings, jams, honey and chapsticks to goat cheeses, wood carvings and hand-painted stationery after showcasing local artist’s work at markets throughout the year.

When the opportunity came to rent her own space to sell these locally made products, she took the chance.

“Last August, this place was up for rent. I started thinking about it, I proposed a business plan and started working with Small Business Development Center in Lock Haven,” Morgan said. “I called them (the artists) and asked if they would be interested in setting stuff up. I wanted a store that had all local handmade stuff.”

Morgan takes pride in showing off the Pennsylvania-made products and art as she was traveling a lot in her personal life. She would often go into these “homemade” style stores and wanted one of her own. Now her store houses 47 different artists and will hopefully continue to expand the product range over time.

The store, open Thursday and Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., puts out samples of the local foods and treats made including Chef Tim’s Food dressings and seasonings, honey and chapsticks made from local honey bees, fresh dog treats, fudge and Black Dog Wine Co. wine tastings on Saturdays.

The odds and ends antique store houses a Makers Market every second Sunday, the next one coming up on Sept. 8 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Right behind the store there is a large field of grass that allows the artists that sell their products at her store to set up shop with a BBQ lunch served by the Waterville Fire Co. and other activities like yoga classes, face painting, live music and wood carvings, bath bomb making and pressing your own apple cider.

Morgan even makes her own frames with stones and beads for sale a treasure of their own.

“Some people have even said that this is ‘a little gem on Pine Creek,’ “ she said.

For more information you can visit Up the Crick’s Facebook page.

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