By Lisa Carolin
Laura Scriven has brought her passion for other cultures to downtown Chelsea.
Scriven recently opened Culture Creations in the same location where Kevin Frahm had Global Marketplace, at 105 S. Main St.
Frahm approached Scriven last summer about taking over his store, and that helped persuade her to turn her online store into a brick and mortar one. She began Culture Creations online in the early 2000s through eBay and sold items from around the world that educated and enlightened people about other cultures.
When eBay became too expensive after four years, she closed the online store. Then a couple of years ago, she opened the online store again.
“My goal is to buy directly from the artist/source,” said Scriven. “I have lived in South Korea for most of the last 24 years, and I have made many contacts while living there, both in Korea and around the world. I am constantly seeking out the unusual and offbeat places, which has led me to make some awesome friends and contacts, as well as having had some unusual adventures.”
Culture Creations offers items mostly from Asia-South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, China, and the Philippines. Those items include wooden games, puzzles, and stingray wallets.
This winter, Scriven plans to travel to either South America or to Spain, Portugal, and Morocco to find unique items for her store. “I try to find items that somehow reflect the culture they come from,” said Scriven.
“Either they are traditional or they are modern takes on traditional crafts. I hope to share the creativity and uniqueness of the world through my store. I also want to support the artists and craftspeople around the world who make such delightful things.”
She is hoping to start offering classes exploring arts and crafts later this year.
Scriven joined the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce because she says the Chamber does a good job promoting and supporting local businesses.