Homegrown Business: Crystal Cornthwaite, the Owner of Pacific Arts Market

Pacific Arts Market is a Vancouver art gallery that offers an affordable place for local artists to display and sell their work. We spoke with Crystal Cornthwaite, the Owner, to find out more about them.

Pacific Arts Market

What is your business called and what does it do?

My business is called Pacific Arts Market. I offer an affordable place for local artists to display and sell their work. They have the option of the Arts Market or The Gallery. I’ve also got artist studios, an online store and workshop space.

What made you want to do this work?

I always wanted to own my own business, and community really means a lot to me. I decided to create something that would benefit the local community and bring people together. It’s also a great way for me to utilize my Business Development skills to help artists to develop and grow their businesses.

What problem did you want to solve with the business?

I wanted to provide a more stable, long-term place for local art and crafts to be sold. Our city has very limited offerings for local creators, I wanted to open this world up for them more, so they can actually see their businesses grow.

Who are your clientele/demographics?

We get a lot of art lovers, people wanting to redecorate their homes, people who love to shop and support local, and tourists who love to come here to find locally made treasures!

How does your business make money? How does it work?

I rent space to local artists on a 4-week renewable basis. They rent their own art space from me and they keep all of the money from their sales.

Where in the city can we find your profession?

Pacific Arts Market is located in the South Granville area, 1448 West Broadway, near the corner of Granville and West Broadway

What is the best question a prospective customer could ask a member of your profession when comparing services? Give the answer as well.

I need to think about this one!

What is the best part about what you do? What is the worst part?

I absolutely love working with the local art community, it is very rewarding to see it grow and be influenced by my business.

Sometimes art is not appreciated enough, it can be tricky to overcome people’s misconceptions.

Where can we follow you?

Our website!

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