What’s in name - Hanover Makers

There’s a makers movement in Hanover County and I think it’s all in a name. Maybe it’s urban legend but I was told that our village name was given because of the large number of professional “blacksmiths” that lived in our community.

Another name for “blacksmith” is “mechanic” it was a “Village” where “Mechanics” lived and next thing you know you have, “Mechanicsville”.

So, here we are many years later still a community of makers and creators who enjoy to tinker and yearn to create.

As a maker myself I have a strong desire to meet fellow creators and learn about their path and learn about their art, their motivation and what keeps them creating.

Why and how we all arrived to this community is different but I thought it was long overdue for me to meet and spotlight as many neighbors as possible.

If you know of a maker I’d love for you to share these lovely creatives with me so they can be featured.

Below you’ll find a running list of local creative entrepreneurs I hope you’ll visits them and learn more about them and maybe even support their venture if their product fits your need.

Accessories -

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Art -

Ashbea Wade Art - www.AshbeaWadeArt.com

String art, drawings and painting. Has sold work to Jason Mraz!

Jamie Cosley - www.JamieCosley.com

Illustrator, cartoonist, and musician. He’s created work for Star Wars!


Miss Rebecca’s Story Time - www.amazon.com/author/rebeccaperson

Author, children literacy advocate and all around swell person

Bath & Body-

Day Three - www.ShopDayThree.com and 8161 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Suite C

Bath and body soaps, lotions, and elixirs for your skin

Baked Treats -

Lark Bakery - www.larkbakingco.com

Delicious baked goods with fresh ingredients and a lovely place to meet friends.


Children's wear

Merri Poppins - www.MerriPoppins.wordpress.com

Cleverly created children’s clothing and costumes

Women’s wear

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Coffee -

The Local Cup - 9502 Chamberlayne Rd, Mechanicsville, VA 23116

Great coffee, small treats and a great place to meet friends or make new ones


Branch Furniture Design - www.BranchFurnitureDesign.com

Personal pieces created with traditional woodworking processes


Locust Hill Farm - www.locusthillpottery.com

Handmade decor and tableware

Personalized -

Be Witchin Stitchin - www.bewitchinstitchinrva.com/

Personalization to clothing and apparel

Crafty Pleasures - their Facebook Page

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