Greensburg-Hempfield Area Library hosts first vendor show, highlighting local art, food

Greensburg-Hempfield Area Library hosts first vendor show, highlighting local art, food

Jamie Keys enjoys hanging out in downtown Greensburg with friend and fellow art therapy student Olivia Andazola.

The two Seton Hill sophomores walked less than 10 minutes from their apartment in Greensburg to attend the Greensburg-Hempfield Area Library’s first vendor show.

Keys brought original prints and trading cards to sell at the Pennsylvania Avenue Vendor Show, which hosted 22 vendors on Saturday. Andazola sold flowers made from yarn, crocheted hats and some ceramic pieces.

“We love being downtown, doing things,” Keys said. “I love all the events that Greensburg has to offer the community.”

Friend Grace Comini of West Newton — who studied fine arts at Westmoreland County Community College — contributed original paintings to the booth.

Jillian Santoro, a first-year art therapy graduate student at Seton Hill, sold crocheted hearts, which she started making when she first moved to Greensburg in January.

The hearts perfectly matched the theme of the library’s vendor display, “Love is at the Craft and Air Makers Fair.” It was the first event of its kind at the library, said director Jamie Falo.

“We have a lot of creators in our community,” Falo said. “They’re all so nice and they’re so talented.”

At the same time, the library hosted a creative space program for children.

All proceeds from the show’s 50-50 raffle and basket will help the library purchase equipment for its makerspace, which has received funding from the United Way for the past two years.

Library groups also contributed items, such as boxes and ziplock bags made by a teenage sewing class. Sales of these items will go toward library programming, Falo said.

“We have the monthly (Greensburg) Night Market and we just thought it would be nice to get people out of the weather and into the library to see what resources we have,” Falo said.

Vendor Derek Fritzel, accompanied by his 6-year-old son Jack, also raised money for a good cause.

Fritzel, co-owner of Latrobe-based Beurre Chaude, sold the business’s specialty butter to raise money for family friend Scarlet Henry.

Henry, 5, has been experiencing unexplained medical problems since the fall, said Fritzel of Ligonier. According to a GoFundMe started for the family, Henry underwent brain surgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in December.

Although sales at the vendor show support Beurre Chaude, “it’s everything” to support the Henry family, Fritzel said.

“It helps our family, but at the end of the day, it might help someone else,” he said.

For Briana Koeser and her mother, Colleen Martz, the vendor show came at the right time.

Koeser and Martz started a bakery out of their Hempfield home in 2018 and became an official business — My Mom’s Cookie Co. – in 2020.

“This is a really good time of year for us to do vendor stuff because it’s after all the really busy holidays, before the rush of Easter and graduation stuff,” Koeser said. “When we saw it posted, we thought it would be a really good opportunity. And we like to support the library and the local community too.”

Koeser said their business model is simple: “If it’s about a cookie, we make it.”

The biggest sellers of the day were Koeser and Martz’s cupcakes, which include sugar cookies and buttercream for dipping. Decorated sugar cookies, including one shaped like the popular Stanley Cup, were also a big hit.

“We’re very happy so far with the turnout and what we’ve sold so far,” Koeser said. “It has already been successful.”

Quincey Reese is a TribLive reporter covering the Greensburg and Hempfield areas. She also reports for the Penn-Trafford Star. A native of Penn Township, she joined the Trib in 2023 after working as a Jim Borden Scholarship intern at the company for two summers. She can be reached at [email protected].

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