Helping creative businesses power community development.
Lisa Krowinski, owner of Sapling Press, needed a larger space to meet the national and international demand for her handmade products created on 100-year-old letterpresses. Bridgeway helped Sapling Press purchase a vacant warehouse that used to be a family-owned soap company in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood. The building’s former owner and Sapling Press found synergy over their passion for using traditional handiwork processes to make products with skill and heart. Sapling Press connected with Bridgeway through its Craft Business Accelerator, which helps creative businesses grow into small manufacturers who create jobs and power community development. With its own space, the woman-owned business is now able to build equity and hire more employees to grow Sapling Press’ workforce.