About a year ago, Bobby and CharDon Hisle moved their business, Created By You, into downtown Winchester from Bypass Road.
After five years on the Bypass, they decided it was time to make a move to a better location.
It has paid off in more ways than one.
“We’ve doubled our business since we moved downtown,” Bobby said.
The move has made a huge difference, especially as they gear up for their busiest time of the year as the holidays approach. It’s also when most of their classes open up.
“We’ve had anywhere from four to 37 (participants),” CharDon said. “It depends on the class and the weekend.”
“We’ve had this place (filled) shoulder to shoulder for birthday parties,” Bobby said. “We sell a lot of ornaments for Christmas. It’s quick, they’re easy and small.”
“People like coming in and making gifts,” CharDon said. “So we stock plates in various sizes for handprints or footprints.”
The Hisles hadn’t planned on getting into the pottery business, but it found them.
Bobby’s grandmother made pottery in Winchester many years ago, and he helped as a child. When she passed away, Bobby took all the pottery equipment and stored it away.
Three or four years later, CharDon discovered the kilns and other gear and got interested.
“I wasn’t into it until he poured and fired that first piece,” she said. “I thought about it and I was hooked.”