Best Store on Littleton's Main Street - 2008
Willow - An Artisan's Market
Readers' Choice: Savory Spice Shop
Willow's recent move from a side street to bigger, more accessible digs on Littleton's main drag couldn't have made us happier. It means that there's more of everything we already loved about the fine crafts palace: Nina Sampsel's richly colored boiled-wool creations, tie-dyed kids' T-shirts with decorative stitching, Sean Brown's cartoony-cute ceramic animal pins, reclaimed and hand-painted handbags, belts and shoes, and lace- and bead-embellished evening bags made from molded bra cups. Not to mention an omnibus of jewelry by a handpicked stable of artisans, including Englewood bead genius Jane Albright's delicate woven bracelets and hair sticks, Kim Bonsall's pick-and-choose fused glass beads, expandable cha-cha bracelets hung with beads and charms, and the indescribable works of Leslie Gaines, who weaves together bits of fringe and trim, chunky glass beads, orbs of wool and odd ornaments. Fun and funky!