My name is Ani Manjikian-Baumgarner and I love crafts. I was very fortunate to have worked 19 years
as a secretary, a translator, and personnel assistant for some great people at the NEA, the Armenian Assembly, and the United
Nations, but I've always wanted to be a crafter. In 1990 I left my last job, became a full-time crafter, and have
been in business since selling at week-end craft shows and festivals, and also doing shows in government buildings in the
Washington DC metropolitan area such as the NIH, NRC, DOE, the Pentagon, NIST, NOAA, HHS, the Naval Hospital... I've
also participated in the Flower Mart of the National Cathedral in Washington, DC and have won several Blue Ribbons at Montgomery
County (Maryland) Fairs. Doing shows got to be very tiring, so I rented a shop in Rockville (Maryland) for two years,
and after I had just built a business there, the lease was not renewed as the shop space became part of a renovated lobby.
Then I went back to doing shows. I've used too many "I's" and it was hard doing it alone, but it got
easier when my husband, Jim, retired and started helping me with some of the shows. We organized a two-month show at
Federal Plaza on Rockville Pike, which was a great success despite the very-very high rent. We continued living and
working in Rockville after Jim's retirement, but not for long. Jim had always held fast-paced jobs working for UPI,
Aviation Daily....with daily deadlines and too much traveling. We decided to leave Rockville and live somewhere in the
country with no traffic lights, no hi-rise buildings and no parking meters--to unwind. We could not find a town without
traffic lights, but on a weekend trip while visiting friends in the area, we discovered Bedford, a beautiful small town in
Pennsylvania, with no hi-rise buildings, no parking meters, and traffic lights that can be counted on our fingers.
We have never had an elaborate business plan. Our focus has always been to offer quality crafts & treasures and
many one-of-a-kind gift items at great prices. We've had wonderful customers over the years and we thank you all
and hope you'll find some time to visit us in Bedford. There are lots of places here to eat good food and stay overnight--and
you'll be in a different world in the mountains, only a two-hour pleasant drive from Rockville, Maryland. Please
check the navigation link on the left to read more about Bedford.