The Times Standard - Eureka, CA
Many Hands Gallery has been a Eureka tradition for over two decades, an eclectic gift shop offering local arts and crafts as well as an array of items with ethnic and cultural significance from around the globe.
Twenty-two years after Phil and Lunel Haysmer opened the store at the corner of F and 2nd streets in Old Town Eureka, they happily retired to their new home on the Big Island of Hawaii. Astra Burke, long-time store manager and buyer for Many Hands Gallery, assumed ownership on Nov. 1.
When asked what changes she might want to make to the gallery, Burke says, “For the time being, not much is going to change. We will continue to feature a selection of merchandise from local artisans and fair trade organizations, artist cooperatives and importers from around the globe. In the future, I hope to upgrade the design of the gallery, changing the layout a bit and bringing Many Hands into the digital age with the launch of a new website. I also plan to bring in a larger selection of fair trade items and direct imports. It's my goal to integrate my personal love of culture and travel with the buying practices of Many Hands Gallery. I have experimented with direct import purchases from indigenous artisans in my travels to Mexico; our customers were thrilled to see something new and unique that I purchased directly from the artists. I hope to evolve that element of our product base. It supports struggling third world artisans and brings new treasures to the residents of Humboldt County”
Burke is a fifth generation member of Humboldt County -- her ancestors came here as homesteaders in the late 1800s. “I have lived in Humboldt County my entire life and plan to expand my role as a businesswoman and a member of this community right here in Eureka. I value Humboldt's artist community and the way of life that exists here. Humboldt is a wonderful mixture of independent, self-sufficient people who appreciate and support small business. I look forward to maintaining Many Hands Gallery's position as a pillar of the Old Town business community. Many businesses have come and gone over the years, but Many Hands Gallery is here to stay. We celebrated our 22nd anniversary this year and I hope to be here for another 22 years!”
Many Hands Gallery is open every day until 9 p.m. year-round, excepting Sundays, when it closes at 6 p.m. For more information, visit Many Hands Gallery at 438 2nd St. in Old Town Eureka or call 707-445-0455.