Mother-and-daughter team Ann Webber and Jeanette Ernst bought a laser to enhance homes that they were building. Once they got it and saw the possibilities, they started getting creative. They opened a storefront to offer custom laser etchings. The response was so great, they expanded, and Infinite Designs was born.
Tell us about your shop.
The comment we hear most is that our shop feels like it is in Monterey or Ashland. I think that is because we have tried to have inventory that is one-of-a-kind, locally made if possible. Our own work, custom photo etching on stone, is mingled with lots of art that we have here on consignment from many diverse artists. We have expanded since we opened to include locally made soaps, jams, olive oils and vinegars. We strive to have new and unusual items so visitors can enjoy each trip to our shop.
What is your best customer story?
Lisa Chadwick, who came to the ArtHop last year during the Sundial Film Festival as a Hopper, showed us some of her photos on her camera. We thought her work was great and encouraged her to join ArtHop as an artist. She did and has remained a great customer and a contributor to our shop. She has sold lots of her fabulous photos and has become a wonderful friend.
What was your coolest laser etching?
One of the most fun etchings that we’ve done was a huge mural on a house in Lake California. It is a mural of a lake scene with a boat and the home address. It’s really fun when the customers get to work with us and achieve exactly what they have pictured in their mind.
What made you get involved with ArtHop?
As soon as we heard about ArtHop, we knew it would be something we wanted to be involved with. We already had a few local artists’ work in our shop and were excited about the prospect of the whole community coming together every month to support the local artists and businesses. It is such a fun event. We meet new people and enjoy getting to see new and fun local art.
Infinite Designs, 1189 Hilltop Drive, Redding, will host artist Angie Persell for February’s 2nd Saturday ArtHop. To learn more about Infinite Designs, visit id-laser.com.
Adam Mankoski is a recent North State transplant who feels completely at home here. He enjoys experiencing and writing about the people, places and things that embody the free spirit of the State of Jefferson. He and his partner own HawkMan Studios and are the creators of Redding’s 2nd Saturday ArtHop. Email your North State events to firstname.lastname@example.org.