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Local artisans sell their items at Black Forest's "Girls' Night Out" eventSubmitted: 10/11/2017
Rose McBride
Rose McBride
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rmcbride@wjfw.com

THREE LAKES - Northwoods artisans got the chance to show and sell their work in Three Lakes Wednesday. The Black Forest Pub and Grille hosted a Girl's Night Out to support local businesses.

At just 13 years old, Sam Eppler has already started his own business.

"I like to make things with my hands," said Eppler.

He has been making knives for four years. And he has already gotten a great response.

"I've sold weddings gifts, I've sold Christmas gifts, a lot of stuff like that too with custom orders for my teachers, friends," said Eppler.


Eppler was just ONE of the vendors at the Black Forest Pub and Grille's Girls Night Out in Three Lakes.
Women AND men were invited to sip, shop, and socialize at the restaurant.

"We have drink specials, fun appetizers like princess ticks and sexy rings and people come to have a good time and we're so happy to be part of it," said Black Forest co-owner and manager Heather Biro.

Biro started the event to give local artisans a place to sell their work.

Aleta Gretenhardt designs bags and clothes for fishers.

"I just want to put fashion in fishing and its fun things for people who are fishing enthusiasts," said Alcar Designs DBA Tackle Brand owner Gretenhardt.

Having a LOCAL business is important for Gretenhardt.

She wants to grow and develop her business in the area.

And that is true for many of the vendors " nearly all of their businesses are based in the Northwoods.

The event gave artisans a chance to show off the time and effort they put into their work...

"Sometimes it'll take five hours, some take an hour, some take 10 hours," said Eppler.

All while making a little extra money.

Biro started the event back in May of 2016 thinking it would be a one-time thing, but she got so much positive feedback that she decided to host it again.

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