Hudson businesses create tiny doors for city's newest magical residents

The Fairy Door project encourages visitors to look for doorways, leave notes for its wee folk

April Helms
Kent Weeklies
It looks like a family of wee folk have quietly taken up residence at the former Hudson City Hall. This whimsical setup is part of the Fairy Door Project. Visitors to Hudson are encouraged to find these doors.

HUDSON – Those wandering around the storefronts of Hudson’s businesses might notice numerous colorful, tiny entrances cropping up like magic in hidden nooks and corners.

These little doorways aim to bring a touch of whimsy to the area, in a time when people’s lives have been upended due to the pandemic.

Julie Pawlowski of Mod Matter of Design said that as of Aug. 6, there were 23 fairy doors in Hudson. The Fairy Door project has a Facebook and Instagram account for those who wish to see the newest fairy doors. And for those who want to see these doors in person, there is a map available on the Hudson Fairy Doors Facebook “about” page.

“As an artist and local business owner, I place extreme importance on community art initiatives given the positive impact it can have socially, culturally, and economically within a community,” Pawlowski said. “Motivated by other cities’ similar ideas, I thought starting the fairy door project would be a perfect fit for Hudson during these challenging times as a means to inspire and strengthen the community through art and imagination. The project is continuously growing and evolving with more fun interactive ideas coming in the near future.”

Pawlowski said this was an ongoing project, with no end date.

Liz Murphy, the executive director of Destination Hudson Ohio, said she has seen children and children at heart taking delight in looking for and finding these fairy doors. The Visitor Center is planning to print out maps for visitors to use.

“Two visitors came from Medina to follow the Fairy Door Trail,” Murphy said. “There's a little sign posted by the Town Hall Fairy Door, inviting visitors to leave notes for the fairies in our big black mailbox — and they do.”

Murphy said that she has seen many photos and has heard numerous questions about Hudson’s newest magical residents.

“Many children want to know if our fairies are like the Tooth Fairy and give out presents,” Murphy said. “One young man wanted to know if the fairies could come out so he could see them. I explained that fairies can't ever let a human see them completely, but sometimes you can catch a glimpse of one out of the corner of your eye. Because they can't show themselves, fairies often put a little statue of a fairy by their doors to give you an idea of what they might look like if you could see them.”

Pawlowski said that the experience has been heart-warming.

“It has been amazing, witnessing the community interaction strengthen and grow from something literally so tiny,” Pawlowski said. “Seeing families walk together to visit the doors, having notes and gifts left at fairy doors, and having retailers give back to the community with their fairies ‘leaving’ popsicles and gifts for visitors.”

Reporter April Helms can be reached at ahelms@recordpub.com.