Holy Hands at Work: All Good Things Arts & Gifts, Sylvania
All good things come to those who wait... or maybe you should go out and get them. The All Good Things Arts and Gifts store located in Sylvania is not your typical shop. Almost all the items for sale are one of a kind and they are made by local artist who just happen to be nuns.
Many of the sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania have talents that expand beyond their humbling community work. Their love for hobbies like painting and sewing were displayed in their personal offices instead of being admired by the community. Around a decade ago the decision to share the works of art was made by turning a cloak room into a store on the grounds of the Franciscan Center. Now everyone can not only see how talented the sisters are but share in their beloved treasures.
There are an array of items available from wearable pieces like hand painted silk scarves to hand-strung necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Original paintings and prints come in the form of framed pictures and greeting cards with huggable well wishes made in heart-shaped prayer pillows. There are repurposed walking sticks, hand crafted ceramic tiles, sculptures and even a line of natural skin care products trademarked as Holy Aromas.
All proceeds from the gift shop go back into supporting the sisters’ ministries. There are two All Good Things store locations on the Sylvania Franciscan Campus with purchases also available online.