Artists Revival. Employee Owned Artist & Craftsman Supply Brings its Inspiring Concept to Bridgeport  by Jahmane.  When Artist & Craftsman Supply opened their doors last spring on Main Street in downtown Bridgeport, it was more a changing of the guard than a pioneering business move. The shop in the former Ripka’s Market that launched in April of 2016 seems right at home in the surrounding environment. No slight to the former tenant that sold gourmet food, but in the heart of a thriving artists’ community, high-quality, affordable art supplies are proving to be just what the people ordered.