Traditions was started in the mid-nineties by Sharon Harras, Carol Serediak and Cheryl Wolfenberg. They were all weavers, with Cheryl and Carol sold their weaving at craft sales. After a number of years they decided they no longer liked the driving and show set ups, and after some discussion realized they both had the idea of setting up a shop to sell their weaving and promote other Saskatchewan crafts.
The three of them were tossing around different names and ‘Traditions Handcraft Gallery’ came up, they decided the word traditions reflected the history and skill required in the making of the crafts. The name was appropriate and the decision made.
They described running the shop as a joy. They enjoyed the craftspeople and the customers. They also felt they had the best location and the nicest neighbors. The street was, (and still is) like a family. They considered return customers a compliment and enjoyed customers coming in whenever they were back in Regina, home for the holidays, or on summer vacation. They shared stories of graduations, weddings, births, and new jobs. Many customers would come in and comment on the good feeling in the store.
After 15 years in business Carol and Cheryl decided to retire and the Saskatchewan Craft Council bought Traditions. On January 1, 2012, husband and wife team Thomas and Marnie Archer purchased Traditions from the Craft Council.
In February of that year they closed for one month to create a new look for the gallery and over the next two years twenty new Saskatchewan artists were added its shelves. Now with a growing clientele and Facebook and twitter following Thomas and Marnie continue to work to promote the many Fine Craft Artisans living and working in the province while providing a relaxed and easy environment to shop local.
July 1st, 2016 saw the transfer of ownership from the Archers to Kathleen, Jeff, and Cynthia Coleclough. The Colecloughs plan to continue in the direction the Archers started , and look forward to providing quality Saskatchewan-made products for many years to come.