New storefront to open in Peterborough featuring local artists’ work

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    Mandy Carter's "Town pillows" —Courtesy Photo

  • Mandy Carter's Francestown pillow in front of the Old Meeting House —Courtesy Photo

  • Mandy Carter's Dublin pillow —Courtesy Photo

  • Mandy Carter uses a process called sublimation to create her pillows. —Courtesy Photo

Monandock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 3/29/2022 1:57:43 PM
Modified: 3/29/2022 1:56:48 PM

Mandy Carter has always been crafty. So when the pandemic hit and school went remote, Carter, a school bus driver at the time, found herself with a lot more time to create art.

She started making custom masks and selling them locally. 

Then “it just kind of evolved,” Carter said, and “here I am two years later wanting to open a store.”

Carter’s business is called Dragon’s Bite Custom Apparel, but the brick and mortar storefront she hopes to open in May or June won’t just be Dragon’s Bite inventory. She hopes to bring in 80-100 local artists, crafters, authors, and creators to rent shelves and sell their work in the shop.

“We’re in the midst of hammering out details of the space,” Carter explained, and although she can’t share the location yet, she said it’s in a Peterborough area everyone knows and will be about 2,400 square feet. 

The idea of opening a collaborative storefront came to Carter after she had sold her work in similar places in other parts of the state. She realized “there are stores like this around Peterborough but not in Peterborough.”

Carter said locally “a lot of people in town know me as the pillow lady. I make pillows with local towns on them.” One has the Dublin circle, another with the Old Meeting House in Francestown. Black and white line drawings that capture the historic and geographic feel of the region.

Carter was inspired to create and craft at a young age. “My grandmother was a huge, huge influence on my life. She taught me to quilt, everything,” Carter explained. 

Carter is now working as a kinship navigator and community resource specialist at the River Center in Peterborough and she said, “I have such a fondness for our community.” She added, “this community is so rich with art and creativity.” 

The technique Carter uses to create her pillows, t-shirts and earrings is called sublimation. This process causes the ink to turn into a gas and adhere to the fibers of the material she is printing on, where it will remain intact permanently.

She hopes the community will come in and look around when the store opens. She encouraged, “Even if you’re not crafty feel free to come in and say hi. I’m so excited about this opportunity. I think it will be great for the town.”

And when opening time comes? “I’m a little extra so expect a grand opening of some sort,” Carter said.

Any artists interested in renting a space and selling their work at the store can contact Carter at Carter can also be found on her website and on Facebook.


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