Nancy Frank, left, opened Willow Wisp Trading, in Dallas, in October. The store is located in the old McIntyre Memorial Library building and features works by local artisans. At right, is one of the local artisans, Murphy van Benschoten, of Dallas.

Opening on Oct. 5, on Dallas’ Oktoberfest, Willow Wisp Trading opened on main street in Dallas.

Nancy Frank, owner of the store, took over the building after Dallas’ McIntyre Memorial Library moved out and the building’s future became uncertain. She renovated the floors and ceiling and painted the walls.

Now, Frank has secured it’s future as the place to go in Dallas to find works from local artisans. She features 26 different artisans from within 40 miles of Dallas.

They include paintings and prints by Gayle Adams, mittens made of repurposed sweaters by Shana Hover, photos by Dave Greschner, rug hooking and appliqué by Cathy Greschner, graphic arts and miniatures by Murphy van Benschoten, drop cast copper pendants and leather work by Robert Qualls, maple syrup from Buck’s Maple Syrup and more.

She welcomes any local artist to contact her about featuring their work.

In the future, Frank hopes to host art classes upstairs, but for now the shop is just on the ground floor. She hopes the store will become a gathering place for the community.

The name of the shop has family symbolism for Frank, adding it alludes to how she put down roots in the area.

The shop is open from 1–4 p.m. on Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. She will add more hours to the week and weekend now the holidays are here, but she recommended people call to check hours or to make appointments outside of normal hours.

The Willow Wisp can be reached at 715-651-7840. It is located at 208 Dallas St. W., in Dallas, next to the former Clicker’s Bar and Restaurant.

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