The Pajama Factory started out in the 1880s, as a rubber company. Later on, hundreds worked here making Keds sneakers. In the 1930s, the Weldons Pajama Company moved in. The eight-building complex would grow to become the largest pajama factory in the world.
A set is on display inside Todd Foresman’s Coffee shop on the ground floor, where he takes pride in his work. “When you are cooking for people that you care about, you make a better meal. It’s the same with the coffee. I really love what I do. I really do believe I have the best coffee in the state,” said Todd Foresman, Owner, Way Cool Beans Coffee Shop
Todd’s landlord is property owner Mark Winkelman, an architect from New York. He’s renovating the Pajama Factory and turned part of the building into his home away from home. “We’ve owned it for twelve years. It’s been a continuous renovation effort. And we will continue for many more years. I like the slow growth, the organic growth aspect of that,” said Mark Winkelman, Owner of the Pajama Factory.
We are accepting applications from local artisans, craftspeople, and small businesses. 2018 was our best year yet, and we are hoping this year will be even better as we celebrate 10 years of supporting the “shop local, shop small” movement.
Saturday, December 14th, 2018 from 10am-4pm
Vendor spots are $50 each. Pajama Factory Tenants pay $20. Spots are limited.
3 different, large market venues to choose from
All vendor spots are approximately 9ft x 10ft
Electricity and tables are available on a first come, first serve basis for a modest fee.
Each vendor will need to submit 3-5 images of their products. Past vendors do not need to resubmit photos.
Deadline to register is September 15th. Vendors will be notified of their acceptance by September 30th. Payment is due upon acceptance and no later than October 15th.
To register and learn more about the terms and submission criteria, please visit the links below:
We are thrilled to announce the Pajama Factory Artists-in-Residence for this year.
KAY LEIGH FARLEY, LAS VEGAS, NV
Kay Leigh Farley is an assistant professor in the Department of Art at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She received her MFA in studio art from University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her BS in Visualization from Texas A&M University. Her work utilizes video, new media, and narrative to reveal hidden realms and communicate abstract truths. Farley has exhibited and screened work at venues including The Wrong Biennale, The Knoxville Museum of Art, and Co-Prosperity Sphere, and is in collections in the United States and Brazil.
RACHEL CUALEDARE, WILLIAMSPORT, PA
Rachel Cualedare is a poet and translator who teaches Asian humanities and writing in Central Pennsylvania. She moved to Williamsport from Philadelphia in 2017.
ROWAN SHAFFER, BLOOMSBURG, PA
Rowan Leigh Shaffer is a recent graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where they majored in Fine Art with concentrations in Fiber and Printmaking. Rowan’s artwork has been featured in a number of local and regional venues, such as The Gallery at the Greenly Center in Bloomsburg. Their latest show, Ceremonial Sacrilege, featured work that explored and broke the boundaries between traditional printmaking and fiber, drawing on the memories of home and the natural world that so fascinate us as children and nestling themselves on surfaces that both beckon and reject touch. Rowan is from Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and currently resides in Bloomsburg.
SARAH FOSTER, BLOOMSBURG, PA
Sarah Foster is a graduate from Bloomsburg University, with a Bachelors in Studio Art and triple minors in French, Chinese, and Art History. Her studio concentrations are in Drawing and Printmaking. Her focus lies in the waterless Lithography process, producing traditional illustrations. Her artwork has been featured in various exhibitions, including her solo show, Döchas, at the Greenly Center Gallery. She plans on returning to college to continue studying language and art. In the meantime, Sarah plans on developing a more well-rounded skill-set to work in a public studio and will further explore Waterless Lithography.
SHEILAGH WEYMOUTH, NEW YORK, NY
Sheilagh Weymouth – writer, dancer, singer, classically trained, multiple award winning actress, a 1986 graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School for the Theatre – is based in NYC, working in film, TV, theatre, voiceover and print. Sheilagh’s ridden camels, danced with Maasai, swum with sea turtles, has sat with mountain gorillas and men with guns, spends time with shamans, makes good medicine, and has been in love with videographer/filmmaker Cayce Crown since 1987, whom she married at NYC City Hall 12/31/2015, because she finally could. Kindness and humor chronically vie for first place on Life’s List of What’s Important.
SIGFRIED ARAGONA, WILLIAMSPORT, PA
Sigfried Aragona is a 22-year-old drag artist local to Williamsport. A self-taught drag queen, Sigfried has been practicing female impersonation through makeup, wig-styling, designing, and performing for one year as the beautiful, eccentric, Mandy Mango. Mandy pushes the boundaries of art and gender with her Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent. Whenever she’s not gagging her audiences with sickening deathdrops, Mandy Mango is working as a sexual health nurse and clinical case manager at AIDS Resource (in a little less drag). Mandy endeavors to blend her drag artistry and nursing intellect to address health concerns and disparities within the LGBTQ+ community.
SOPHIE NAJJAR, STATE COLLEGE, PA
Sophie Najjar is an artist who lives and works in State College, Pennsylvania. She received her BFA in Drawing & Painting and BA in Geography at the Pennsylvania State University in 2017. She attended Heima Art Residency in Seydisfjordur, Iceland in Spring 2018. A lifelong resident of Central Pennsylvania, her paintings are informed by observations of this place; the fervor of Penn State football, the bleakness of gray winter slush, and the lushness of July cornfields.
Our annual Spring festival where we celebrate all things GREEN will be taking place on Saturday, April 20th from 10am-4pm.
Green-o-Ree is where we bring awareness to sustainable initiatives and focus on mindfulness and conservation. All vendors and nonprofits attending our event have a GREEN, SUSTAINABLE, UPCYCLING, OR REPURPOSING element to their services, products, or the process used to make their product.
We are happy to announce our 2019 vendors, conservation groups, and nonprofits that will be joining us this year!
From 1-4pm, they will be holding a drop-in Cyanotype Workshop in the courtyard. The process uses sunlight and water to produce beautiful one of a kind photograms. A limited number of 5×8 pretreated sheets will be available (2 for $10 or 5 for $20). First come, first serve!
Sound healer, Kaitlynn Tassone, will be providing two different Sound Bath healing sessions (12pm & 3pm) as part of her Grand Opening in Studio 10-218. Every person who attends the Sound Bath will be entered for a chance to win a special prize!
4/15 is World Art Day – how do you want to celebrate?
World Art Day is an international celebration of the fine arts. The goal of this day, is to appreciate art in general, and to spread world-wide enthusiasm and awareness for the arts. Here are just a few easy and enjoyable ways you can celebrate:
Get a group of friends together and visit one our local Museums and Art galleries.
Get the kids involved! Teach them about the different forms of art and provide them with a hands-on way to experience the creation of artwork.
Purchase a piece of artwork for your home or office.
Wherever you go, make a conscious effort to be on the lookout for artwork. You will be amazed at how many works of art are prominently displayed, yet you walk by it everyday without noticing.
Consider Sponsoring an Artist!
Another way to celebrate World Art Day would be to sponsor an artist for the Pajama Factory Artist-in-Residence Program. We’ve raised $900 for each artist so far – only $542 remains for each of the 6 artist to be fully fund for 2019. Consider giving a gift (of any size!) on 4/15 to honor this important day.
Whether you’re looking for a new groomer or ready to put your pet on a regular grooming schedule, C&C is always accepting new clients! We offer one-on-one appointments which allow us to focus on your pet, and your pet alone, during their appointment. Our goal is to make your pet’s visit as stress-free and relaxing as possible.
Certified in Pet Grooming, AKC SAFE, Pet CPR/First Aid, and fully insured, new clients get $5 off their first service! So, if you’re looking to find a caring groomer, who focuses solely on your pet to ensure they feel safe and comfortable, call or message us today!
The Pajama Factory located in Williamsport, PA, invites artists to apply to the 2019 Pajama Factory Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program. Artists of all disciplines, career levels, and localities are encouraged to apply to this multidisciplinary, immersive residency.
Artists spend 8 weeks (Jun 7-Aug 3) creating, communing, and exploring in the expansive 300,000 square feet of the Pajama Factory – a rehabilitated historic factory complex with authentic charm and endless possibility. Throughout the residency, artists have unlimited access to resources including a knowledgeable staff, local artist network, and Pajama Factory studios – a photo lab, clay studio, woodshop, printing and fiber arts studio, and shared studio space.
The 2019 deadline to apply is 11:59PM (EST) on Monday, April 15th, 2019. To learn more about the program offerings and to apply, visit air.pajamafactory.net. Applicants must be 18 years or older. Selected artists will be notified by Saturday, April 20th, 2019.
We are very happy to announce that several of our Pajama Factory tenants were featured in the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center Juried Regional Exhibit in Wellsboro, PA this year. Congratulations are in order for Steve and Rita Bower who were both honored in painting and mixed media respectively. Daniel Berberich was also honored for painting, while John McKaig received “Best in Show” for his wood cut. Congrats to all our tenants! We are so very proud of you!