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“[The AAOTE team] works for the improvement of the whole…[and] towards making [their] passions into [their] full-time jobs”.
Originally created in 2004, AAOTE or “Aspiring Artists of the Earth” was realized by Tari Zarka. It largely focuses on products that are made in the USA, but more specifically in Bucks County, PA. They have an array of products ranging from sculptures to jewelry and even local honey. AAOTE prides itself in providing artisan products for all types of customers from the budget shoppers to the more affluent buyers. The team is composed of artisans, crafters, writers, and muses- who collectively strive to integrate what they love to do with their everyday lives. “[The AAOTE team] works for the improvement of the whole…[and] towards making [their] passions into [their] full-time jobs.”
“We are not only a place for clients to find the perfect gift or artwork for their home, but we are a place where artists can gather and inspire one another.” -Tari Zarka
They started out from very humble beginnings, spending most of their time traveling to street fairs and art exhibitions. In 2007, they opened up their first storefront in Pennsylvania. To sum up the ambiance of AAOTE the owner Tari Zarka stated, “We are not only a place for clients to find the perfect gift or artwork for their home, but we are a place where artists can gather and inspire one another.” In the future, they are looking to offer art classes, open studios, and other types of community building events.
Fun fact: The wooden pendants can be used for aromatherapy purposes by dropping essential oils onto the wood, which will then slowly absorb the color and diffuse the scent.