GLEN ROCK, NJ – Creative Den celebrated its first birthday in style last week, doing what they do best, bringing specialized artisans together to display their crafts.
From Hungarian chimney cakes to interior design, specialty crafters gathered at Creative Den, 216 Rock Road, to show their wares and fill the room with smiles.
Interior designer, Lisa Laliberte-Alle, said she works large homes, sometimes for a year at a time, designing every aspect of the site, from functionality to light fixtures.
“An interior designer wears many hats, often a hard hat,” she said, noting she is involved with the construction process, as well.
Laliberte-Alle said she consults on smaller home projects, suggesting what paint works best in their homes taking into account the lighting.
Nicole Shaw-Provillon, founder/co-owner of Kurly Kurtosh, “a dessert catering experience featuring artisanal Hungarian chimney cakes.”
Shaw-Provillon said she is a “traveling bakery,” making her chimney cakes right before her customers’ eyes as she tells them her story, which included a four-year stint in Budapest, Hungary, where she learned how to make the specialty item.
One family from Hawthorne, who heard about Shaw-Provillon’s appearance at Creative Den last week, came just for the chimney cakes.
“I couldn’t believe it,” the Hungary native said. “I’ve never seen these here.” She watched with her husband and two children as Shaw-Provillon explained the ingredients, mostly imported as unprocessed products.
“Chimney cakes make everyone instantly happy,” Shaw-Provillon said.
Glen Rock resident Samantha Hiskey displayed her homemade cards, which Creative Den owner Tara McKee carries in her store.
“I started doing this and vowed I would make my family homemade cards for one year,” Hiskey said. “Then I turned it into a business.”
Hiskey plans to offer workshops on card-making in the coming months at Creative Den.
Kimberly Raney decided she would share her love of knitting and crocheting and turn it into a business, as well.
With easy-to-make items, such as hair ties, Raney said those who are willing to learn can make useable items in a jiffy.
Raney also offers classes at Creative Den.
McKee said her space is perfect for those seeking workspace during the day. Rental and event space options are on her website: Creative Den