Coop & Ephraim Square
The Ephraim Co-op, a non-profit gift shop, is housed in a restored building on the corner of Main Street and College Avenue. The building was the first home of Snow college and started as one of the first ZCMI’s in the state. The building was built in 1872 and over the years has had several businesses including a flour mill that was attached to the Granary next door. After several years of being vacant and used as a haunted house, the citizens got together and received a grant to save the building. In June of 1989, the Sanpete Trade Association DBA Ephraim Co-op was established. We are celebrating our 30th anniversary this year.
The Co-op will offer all things Scandinavian on top of other handmade items normally sold during the year. Scandinavian items include Aebleskeever pans, collector’s items, blankets, table runners, straw ornaments, Viking hats for boys and girls, flower head bands, t-shirts, Scandinavian jewelry and keyrings, and tasty Scandinavian food items. (Peppernuts, bratzlies, Diam bars, Ballerina hazelnut cookies, Faizer mints from Finland, and many more) The Co-op will also have a taster’s table outside in the Olde Crafter’s Village in the grassy area between the Co-op and the Granary on Saturday only. We also carry festival pins including pins from previous years. And don’t forget our famous fudge!!
The Co-op hosts 65 crafters with many unique handmade items. Quilts, art, baby items, doll dresses, jewelry, kitchen items, barnwood frames, a Christmas corner, wood turning items, Temple art, blessing dresses, Utah truffles, home decorating items, and many more items too many to mention.
Olde Crafters Village
On Saturday beginning at 9am the Olde Crafter’s Village will open between the Co-op and art center in the grassy area. Crafters will include a blacksmith, woodworker, rug weaver, two yarn spinners, a knitter making Nordic socks, two crafters demonstrating Battenburg lace and tatting. New this year is a broom maker, needle maker, and a fellow demonstrating mountain man experiences.
And don’t miss our bread ladies!! Linda Christensen and Jeanine Mack have learned the art of baking from their Danish ancestors. You can purchase homemade Danish pastries, cinnamon and orange rolls, cookies and more. They will also have yummy Artisan breads and an activity for the kids to make butter to go with the bread!
Kids love to see how things were made back in the day, and a few of the crafters have activities for the kids to help with. Many of the crafters have items to sell that are unique and heirloom quality to hand down for generations.