Craftworks, founded in 1979, is one of the oldest artisan cooperatives in New England. The shop displays the work of more than 75 regional artisans. Items for sale include stained glass, jewelry, woven and knitted items, quilts, home accessories, pottery and more. All work must be reviewed by members of the cooperative in order to be included in the shop.
3 Pierce St., Northboro
Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays
Mightier than the sword
This rosewood desk pen is made by Art Thompson of Inglis, Fla. $60.
Monkey see, monkey do good
Lollipop Tree Monkey bread mixes can be used for breakfast goodies or as desserts. $6.50 to $8, with a portion of the sales going to support the Heifer Project.
For your laptop
Laptop bags by Ande Lockwood of Northboro are made from recycled sweaters in various sizes. Prices range from $25 to $35.
Mix it up
Cheryl Allen of Rutland made this set of three nesting bowls. The pieces are lead-free and safe in the dishwasher, microwave and oven. $43.
Baby blocks are made with various fabrics. Some have plastic pockets for pictures. $6.95 to $8.98.
Sweet Auburn Soaps offers a variety of vegetable-based soaps by Jeff Dougherty and Jim Caffery of Watertown. $5.50 each, with gift sets ranging from $11.50 to $24.
The Bella Luce Art Cafe, in the renovated Whitin Mill Complex at Alternatives Unlimited Inc., includes a gallery, working studios, classrooms and a gift shop. The gift shop supports regional artists and offers high quality items including jewelry, pottery, textiles, handbags, quilts, paintings, photographs and cards. The shop is open during most Whitin Mill Complex events, which include theater programs, exhibits, workshops and more.
Bella Luce Art Cafe and Gift Shop
34 Douglas Road, Northbridge
Holiday hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays in November and December; otherwise by chance or appointment, and during most events at the Whitin Mill Complex. See the website for event information.
A hand-blown glass chess set by Tom Kies of Auburn. $250.
Jennifer Niles of Paxton creates whimsical cards and magnets inspired by her cats, PK and Nellie, and other cheerful subjects. Cards, $3; magnets, $3.25.
Bigger than a breadbox?
Woodworker Steve Butler of Mendon crafts one-of-a-kind tables using...