The Kolbe Family
Owners, Mineral Springs Trading Co.
Welcome to our Artist Spotlight! In this space, we will be highlighting our artists and sharing information about how and why they make the wonderful things they make! Before jumping into the artists represented at Mineral Springs Trading Co., we thought it might be nice to introduce ourselves.
Mineral Springs Trading Co. is the culmination of dreams coming true for proprietors Kate & Sean Kolbe. The pair met in college while working in retail at an art supply store in Philadelphia. They grew up, got married, had a couple babies …. And longed to live in a sweet, little town and own a cool, little shop. Over the years they took vacations checking out small towns and pondering dreams, until one day they stumbled upon the most delightful storefront available on Fairfax Street in the loveliest little town of Berkeley Springs, WV. They knew immediately that this was their spot and got to work collecting products from the artists and friends they’d met at craft fairs and farmers markets where Kate sold hand-dyed playsilks and her dad’s classic wood toys. Two months later, they opened Mineral Springs Trading Company selling “frivolities and essentials for an art-fueled life!”
Our goal has always been to share fine craftsmanship with the public and to support small artisans, and our family, in so doing. We have close relationships with our artists and look forward to letting you into their studios to learn a bit more about them. Please explore our website, follow us on Instagram or facebook ( @mineralspringstrading ), and stop by to shop at 45 Fairfax St in charming, downtown Berkeley Springs, WV!