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Bee Wise Goods Offers Craft Courses, Green Goods

New local shop offers sewing machine rentals, handmade goods and more.

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In an unassuming small strip mall space at 3019 W. State St. across from Lowell Elementary, a reinvention is under way. Now, in addition to The Soda Works, an all-natural, boutique soda pop shop, you'll also find Bee Wise Goods.

Owned by Gabrielle Krake, who also has a hand in Soda Works, Bee Wise is a made-in-Idaho paradise where you can buy handmade goods, take a collaging class or learn how to operate a sewing machine.

Bee Wise held an official grand opening party on April 7. Inside the bright space, reclaimed pottery sat next to tableware, handmade treasures crafted by local artists and items fashioned by Krake and her crew.

As a mother of four, Krake wants Bee Wise Goods to be a place where kids can touch things. She will offer weekly rotating craft courses in addition to sewing space and machine time available by the hour.

On her website, Krake states: "Our goal from the beginning has been to take steps toward better consumer habits. We are crafty, innovative and full of green living info." It's fitting, then, that the store's motto is "preserving the Earth one project at a time."

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