ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – If you’re shopping on Etsy or other craft websites for your holiday gifts, there’s a good chance the item you buy was made in St. Louis, but the bankruptcy of Tech-Shop put a lot of entrepreneurs in a bind with just weeks to go before Christmas.

“We have a good amount of people that are inventing new things, and also people that are running their own shops, running their own etsy shops, running their own businesses making products and so that really why when Tech Shop announced that they were filing for bankruptcy, it hit really hard this season, because so many people were planning on production in this shop,” says Emily Elhoffer, member director for what’s now ‘STL Maker Studios.’

As we’ve reported, when the national Tech-Shop company closed, Third Degree Glass Factory and Square co-founder Jim McKelvey agreed to take on all of the equipment – the water jets, 3-D printers, woodworking machines and more – and keep it open until the end of the year. Long-term, they’ve acquired a new building and plan to re-open permanently.

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